This louvered door hall tree went through some changes!
Friends--I paint a lot of projects, but I still struggle with paint colors. Everything doesn't always go right the first time, in fact that happens a lot to me. Can you relate?
Door Hall Tree Tutorial
Louvered Door & Saloon Doors
After I made Jan’s door/nightstand I was thinking I have the perfect pieces to make another. I curbed this door a long time ago. I’m not exactly sure where those louvered saloon doors came from. I’m trying to deplete some of my stash junk. Are you like me, keeping things that you know you will use someday?
Begin with Designing your Hall Tree
I was able to quickly attach the saloon doors to the louvered door . . .
Kreg Jig Joinery
Using pocket holes made with my Kreg Jig
Great hold, and too easy!
Add Plywood Shelves
You can see I also used the pocket holes (Kreg Jig Jr) for the shelves. In the “old days” I would have had to use cleats to support these shelves. Have I ever mentioned that this jig is less than $40.00?
I did something highly unusual-I bought plywood for the shelves. I searched high and low in my garage and could find nothing that would work for these shelves.
Finishing Touches | Patch & Paint
There were some dings and holes in the saloon doors left from their former life. I used some Elmer's Wood Filler to smooth out the holes. Honestly, drywall spackling is more plentiful in my garage, but the wood filler gives a much cleaner look once sanded.
White Louvered Door Hall Tree
I put this piece in my “paint booth” and used my paint sprayer on it. (I get no compensation at all from Harbor Freight for recommending this sprayer, I just LOVE it that much) (edited to add, I now have a new favorite paint sprayer that is even better)
I used my Dutch Boy Refresh (sweetened white) semi-gloss paint, that I used on my kitchen cabinets.
I really like the way this piece looks, I think it can be multi-purpose. I’m considering putting a mirror on it to use as a hall tree. I can see this in an entry way, a kitchen as a family “command center” or even in a bathroom to hold linens and such. So my question to you is this: How do you think I should finish it off to sell it on Craig’s List.
I want to be able to move it quickly, so I will finish it off the way that most of you recommend. I would even consider painting it a different color if you guys think it would sell better. Or possibly distress it.
I do have this little round hardware piece that fits perfectly over the door knob hole, or I could use a vintage door plate.
Update on Door Hall Tree
Updating this post with the following pictures:
After painting it black, I moved it back to the booth at Unique Creations, but about a month later the store closed. I brought it home and listed it on Craig’s List. Woohoo! I sold it within two days. Of course, I thought it was a very versatile and functional piece.
Have you ever had second thoughts about a paint color, and totally redid it?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.