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Make an Inspiration Board from a Door!

by | Nov 9, 2009 | DIY | 7 comments

Make an Inspiration Board from a Door!

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by Jeanne Winters

Make an Inspiration Board from a Door!

My husband hauled this treasure home one day from the dump — a solid hardwood core and ALL the glass in perfect condition! We thought we could use it to replace our pocket or office door in our 1930s home — but alas, that never happened.

Still, I had high hopes for alternative uses for it. First it was going to hang in the living room to showcase black and white photos. Then after our next housing move I knew this door was going in the office … it just took a while to find it’s way there!

Make an Inspiration Board from a Door!

After hesitating over painting the wood, I bit the bullet. The wood grain was so beautiful … but somehow it wasn’t old enough to be “cool.” So, black it is!

Make an Inspiration Board from a Door!

Next came the cork. The sheets came in 1/8″ an 1/4″ depths. Since I was adhering it to the glass, I had to be sure the standard 3/8″ push pins would not put any pressure on the glass itself. For a standard cork board, you can get away with applying a thin sheet of cork to a wood or MDF backing.

Make an Inspiration Board from a Door!

Because the wood panes on the door are routed, I thought using two – 1/4″ sheets and making a total depth of 1/2″ would make the cork stick out too far. So, I chose to buy one roll and glue 3 – 1/8″ layers on each pane. Phew! :-) It was recommended to use linoleum paste. Messy stuff!!!

Make an Inspiration Board from a Door!

For aesthetic reasons, I opted to leave 4 panes uncorked. And after leaning against my wall for a few months, we managed to get this baby hung over the holiday break!

Make an Inspiration Board from a Door!

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I snapped these pics so you can see my board clearly before I fill it up with my stuff!

Make an Inspiration Board from a Door!


  1. Nikki

    LOVE this idea! We have a door very similar to this that we had to take out so that we could put in a dog door. So, now I have a great new use for the old door. Love your blog!
    .-= Nikki´s last blog ..Congaree National Swamp =-.

  2. Kate

    LOVE IT!! LOVE IT!! LOL @ leaning against a wall for several months. I have a shutter doing the exact same thing in my house. Hopefully, it will get hung soon.

  3. Anne

    I have an old door and i think I have an “out in the shed” project now! :)

  4. Amanda

    I LOVE this idea! Those panes that are still just glass could be used as whiteboards.. :)

    I would love to make something similar to this one day when I have a bit more space (we’re living in a cramped apartment right now!) and when I make “the find” of a unique piece like that.. maybe chalkboard paint on a few windows? :)

  5. Mimi

    i love your door!! i have a window piece just waiting to be finished and hung. can you give any tips on what kind of hardware to use for mounting/hanging such a heavy piece? we rent, so i was hoping to not have to make huge holes in the wall! :)

  6. Rhoda

    I love this idea. There are some old doors in a pile that I was thinking about using with my art kids. We could really have some fun with this idea!
    Thanks for sharing :)



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