Isn’t She A-door-able?

Her name is Viviana, which apparently means “Lovely” in Italian.  But, don’t tell my husband I actually gave this project a name…because he’ll just shake his head in disbelief {he just doesn’t speak silly-mushy-girly}.

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Here’ is how she came to live on my wall {and how you might be able to have her cousin come live at your house}:

  • Have a big empty wall {used to have a quilt hanging there before}.  If it can be precariously perched over the stairs to the basement so much the better {making hanging anything interesting and not something you want to do often}.
  • Search Craig’s List for old shutters {because you’re thinking architectural – texture – aged}…find absolutely nothing.
  • While searching for bi-fold doors {as alternative to shutters}, find solid wood exterior door. {Actual Craig’s List pics} Hmmm, interesting texture in those panels. $60 – price is right. doorpic




  • Convince husband to go get uber-heavy solid wood door.
  • Wait until December to embark on project so that it snows & gets really cold and uber-heavy door has to be moved to basement for finishing.
  • Decide exterior side is the one you want to show because of interesting handle. Then scold hubby for not taking pictures before he primed that exterior side {it was forest green}.  Spray paint handle oil-rubbed bronze.01-18-2011 103
  • Prime chosen side of door and paint with white satin latex.
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  • Antique.  There are different ways to do this.  The way we did it was one part Java paint, 3 parts clear mixing glaze.  We mixed 12 oz. glaze with 4 oz. paint and have enough left for the next 1-24 antiquing projects.  Technique: Brush on {being careful to get it in all the nooks and crannies} and wipe off…quickly {have plenty of rags handy}!    01-18-2011 109 01-18-2011 111



  • Finish with satin polyurethane. Let dry. Attach newly painted handle.
  • Make a paper template to decide positioning in a non-hernia-inducing way. {Before removing stencil, use stud-finder to mark and then drill holes in studs}01-18-2011 099
  • Hang.  First build crazy basement stair-hole cover {if you pick a prime location like ours}.  Buy typical L-brackets, then cut one side of each to half-length to match width of door and paint them with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint. Bolt the long side of the L-brackets to previously marked and drilled studs…as many as makes you feel secure {in our case, 5 across the bottom & 3 across the top}. Have 2 female household members hold door steady while male drives screws.01-18-2011 119  01-18-2011 118


  • Hang metal “scrolly” thing you purchased at Hobby ‘Lovey’ for 50% off above your new artwork, step back, admire & take pictures.01-18-2011 078  01-18-2011 082






Name your new friend and write a really long blog post with lots of pictures :)

Have a Beautiful Day {especially if it’s Crazy}!


  1. Linda says

    Viviana is lovely indeed! (Or A-door-able as you labeled your post.)

    I love all things Italian. So old world-ish!

    That was quite a project Lisa. But it does look amazing.

    Can't wait to see the new project when the chair are done. You are so creative and Brad so very handy!

  2. Rose says

    I love the way it turned out and I love the name Viviana. It's amazing how ordinary objects can be turned into a work of art.

  3. says

    This IS A-door-able! Way cute i love it over your couch. Great Job! I love the door handle you put on it too way cute i really need to do the same thing to mine.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.


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