Sunday, July 19, 2015

Vintage Screen Doors

One of the comments on my last post mentioned this vintage screen door shown in the background of one of the photos.  So, Marti, maybe this will satisfy your curiosity about that door.  As always, there is a 'story.'  Here it is:

Several years ago, my son-in-law's family closed the doors to their clothing store, which had operated in Searcy for many decades.  When it came time to clean out the building, I was invited to take a look on the third floor to see if I wanted anything.  Old stuff had been stored there for many, many years.  Of course, there were several things I wanted.  A couple of suitcases, a very old gas space heater...(I need to show you that someday), some old ledger books in various stages of decay, and two screen doors.  Rick brought them to my house and I have loved them ever since. 
 As you know, I moved last year and I thought the screen doors had to move with me.  

When I brought them over to the new house, I knew what I wanted to do with them.  My daughter asked what I had in mind and when I told her, well, she didn't think too much of the idea.  Remember, she is a minimalist.  Of course, that didn't stop me, so next time my grandson was over, he hung them up for me, right where I thought they should be.  I love them.  Funny part of the story.....when she came over and saw them in place....she liked them too.  Just goes to show you may not always know what you like!!


 So...take a look!  I know many of you will not care for them and that's ok with me.  I live here and enjoy them every single day and that's important to me.  I have an assortment of family photos, cards, some new and some vintage, drawings, recipes, artwork in various stages, etc. 

Since there are two vintage doors, I put one on each side of the doorway from the kitchen into the dining room.  

There is no wall between this 'walkway' and the kitchen, and if you go straight ahead, there is the of my favorite rooms in the house.


As you can see, lots of family photos, both old and new, on both sides of the family.  A cast of characters!  

 Drawings, cards, and oh, did I say I have a zillion old clothes pins here, using them from everything from holding up artwork, to closing potato chip bags?  When they don't look old enough for me (although many ARE old), I put them out in the backyard and let them sit there to age for a while.

Even Doodling gets space on one of the doors!

Vintage cards and photos, an owl drawing my sister found and sent to me and a booklet about Camp Polk, La., my birthplace, and printed the year I was born, 1944.  I found it at the flea market, of course!


Artwork by me and my sister-in-law.

And, a wreath made by me a long time ago and still being used around here.
The leaves are embroidered and the flowers are tiny muslin yo-yos.  

So, there you are...the whole story of the vintage screen doors here at my place.
You never know what you will see you have probably already figured out.
Hope you enjoyed the story!

From Bird Nest Cottage,
Until next time, 

PS.  Thanks to my friend, Sherry, this photo of the planet, Pluto, was brought to my attention.  Pluto has a HEART!!!  Who knew?


Laurie said...

What a fantastic idea!! How do you attach the close pins to the screen? I love it!!

Julie Fukuda said...

Yeah, well, that rock is a bit big to collect and the postage would be outta sight.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Pat
I'm a sucker for a bulletin board. I NEED them!! I love what you have done with the screen doors. I think I would have to paint the clothes pins though.

Every time I see a Natures Heart I think of you. You would NOT be surprised how often I see them.xx, Carol

Pam Gonzalez said...

Hi Pat I LOVE your screen doors. I think there's one out in our carriage house. So will have to go dig it out! Hope you are well my friend. Blessings, Pam

Anonymous said...

These are the screens that catch all the Dreams, Love you Brian

Shirlee Fassell said...

They look great..... Fabulous idea!

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