21 April, 2008

Bungalow Door — A Dumpster Diving Adventure

On the way back from a late-night run to 7-11 for our Big Ass Diet Cokes, we decided to come back via the alleyways. It was garbage night in the 'hood, and we were wondering if we'd find anything interesting now that it's spring and everyone is working on their houses. The night yielded a few choice finds: a set of funky old rocks glasses and this great, solid-wood swinging kitchen door that came from a bungalow. Now, we already found the two kitchen doors that were original to The Box House, so we don't really need this one, but there was no way we could leave a perfectly decent door to be tossed out with the trash.

It does need some work; one side is painted white and on the top, at the part where it attaches to the top of the door frame, there is a bit of wood loss that can probably be filled in with epoxy. But still, they just don't make 'em like this anymore. I was too paranoid to take the Cokes home first and come back, lest someone snatch it from under my nose, and I didn't want to leave the Cokes behind with the rest of the garbage. Who knows what could happen to them in the five minutes they were out of my sight. So we carried the door under one arm and balanced our drinks in the other hand. What an odd sight!

I have to laugh--after weeks of trying to find new homes for all the junk left by the previous owners, here we are bringing more salvage home!

6 comments:

renovationtherapy said...

gorgeous door!!

maybe you could turn it on it's side and make a headboard or get some saw horses and make it into a glass-topped desk...

Jenni said...

It is a great door! I do the same thing...Get rid of some of the PO bad "junk" and bring home some more "good" junk.

Ethan said...

I can just picture trying to walk back with a big 'ol door under one arm and coke in the other hand! Haha. It looks like a great door.

Marilyn said...

Too funny, Joanne - finding stuff on the street always make you do the craziest things. The door is beautiful, and a great find!

I've seen articles on how to make headboards out of old doors, and they look gorgeous. A thought.

Andy said...

Um, if you ever decide you don't want that swinging door after all...our dining room/kitchen apparently used to have a swinging door...the round pivot holes are still there in the woodwork. :)

Just fyi, I fully expect that you will use it. :)

Green Fairy said...

Andy--If you're serious and feel like taking on a restoration job, I can e-mail you a few more pics. I'd love to see the door go back into a bungalow.