Wednesday, May 30, 2018

DIY Vintage Farmhouse Door Tutorial For Front Porch


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I'm not sure what to really call this thing. It's like a door, but miniature. Heavy like a door for sure :)  I'm just using it on my porch, but there are a ton of different ways you can display it and put it in your house. I found something similar to this at a vintage sale I went a few months back, and they were asking gobs of money for it, like $130. Yeah. It was so cute, me and my friend had to make one for ourselves. We made both of ours for about $16 each...minus the wreath and bow. So, total, maybe in the low $20s.
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I've been loving my porch this past year ever since I redecorated it and thought this would be the perfect addition.

The supplies I used:
1 piece of bead board cut at 18x32" (I bought a 32"x48"' piece and cut mine to size)
1 piece of 1/4" plywood 18x24" (I bought a 2x4' piece and cut it to size)
2 - 2x4s miter cut so the longest side is 57"
2 - 2x4s miter cut so the longest side is 23.5"
1 - 2x4 cut at 16.5"
Nail gun/ 1" nails
1" screws
Mending plates
Paint
Java glaze
Vinyl "welcome" (got mine from the Silhouette store)
Ribbon or bow
Hanger
Wreath

First step: If you didn't have the lumber store cut your wood yet, do that. I used my Dremel Ultra Saw to cut both my bead board and plywood to size.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I then lined up the bead board and plywood on the ground and left a little gap in the middle. I measured the length of the two boards first and made that the longest length of the two side 2x4s (57"). I then placed those together an decided on the width of the top and bottom boards. (that's where I got the measurements from above) I made sure my 2x4s overlapped the plywood and bead board by about an inch on the sides.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 Once the boards were cut, I laid them on a flat surface and squared them.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I then used mending plates to secure all of them together. You can also use wood glue and a 2" screw through the side to help it stay secure.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I then measured the middle section and cut out the middle 2x4 to fit, which was 16.5". At his point, I also measured about 22" down from the top on both sides and placed the top of my 2x4 on these points. I didn't do this until I realized I needed to at the end, but at this point, use mending plates to secure the 2x4 middle section to the sides.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I placed the plywood on the top and secured it in place using my nail gun.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I then placed the bead board on the bottom and secure that too. At this point, I decided to secure the corners with the screws to give it more stability.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 Now that it was all together, I painted it with some white latex paint.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I decided to give it a little wear and distressed the edges and some of the wood with sandpaper.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I used some glaze on the edges and in the middle part on the bead board.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I made my bow and secured it to the center of the middle 2x4. I also added the hanger on the bead board for my wreath.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I chose this "welcome" from the Silhouette design store and cut it out with my Silhouette. I used some transfer tape to place it on the board.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 And here it is all done!
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

 You can't see it very well on my porch from this angle, but I think it added the perfect 'welcoming' touch :)
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I did end up scrunching up the bow a little bit to give it more bounce. I wasn't too happy with the rigidity of it before.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 The wreath I got from Hobby Lobby. I don't recall how much that cost, but I know they still carry it (at least as of me writing this post :) ).
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
This porch has come a long way since this:
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Yeah. It seriously looked like that, maybe worse for years :/ Nothing like a first impression coming into my house, huh? lol Sometimes things just tend to get neglected....which makes it that more fun to spruce them up! :)


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DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

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