Friday, September 28, 2012

Make It: Half Door

Perhaps I should have called this post The Ghetto Dutch Door.
I'm sure you've all seen those fabulous "dutch door" tutorials on Pinterest. {If you haven't and you have a few minutes - there are some REALLY awesome ones out there!}

However, if that's what you're looking for you -- you've come to the wrong post! :) I didn't have the budget nor did I want to spend that much time on this project. I did, however, have an ugly hollow core, no panel door that opened into the Playroom. The first few months that we lived in the house we simply took the door off. Wild Man can't really be trusted alone in the playroom with little H. He would kill him - or throw tonka trucks at him - or strangle him with a batman cape. You're laughing. This is my daily life, people. It's crazy. The constant battle to protect little H. But back to the door. We just took it off. Which worked for about 4 months. Until company came and then the playroom DIASASTER was like BAM! in your face! It was a little embarrassing.

So that's what brought me back to the "dutch door" idea. 
But I wanted "dutch door" on a budget.
I wanted to be able to see the boys play ... 
and I wanted to be able to use the existing door and hardware.

Again, I was going for cheap and easy.
(get your mind out of the gutter.)

So I simply took the door that was already there and cut it in half. Well, not exactly in half. I cut a few inches above the middle hinge and knob. 
 Then I added a simple 1x2 to the top with Liquid Nails.
 and finished it off with caulk and a coat of white paint. 
I told you it was simple!

 Oh and just for fun I added a $7 peephole ...
so he can see the "bad pirates" coming. ;) 
and stuck his Pirate Map on the inside ...
 so he can find his treasure! 

This is the view from the Hallway.
It looks a lot better than an "empty" doorway.
 It hides the majority of the mess ...
allows me keep little H alive. :)
and provides the perfect place for Wild Man to play Pirates.
I'd say my job here is done! ;)

What do you think?
Am I crazy?

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  1. I love it, what an awesome idea.

  2. I LOVE the peephole! I myself would play "pirates in this room! Chalk board paint could be fun too! Good job on it! Wouldn't have thought of the liquid nails... All hollow doors here too. I have a basement door that I wish I would have had this idea to do on years ago might try this for my sewing space downstairs if I ever get walls... that way the kids could see me and talk to me without cheetoo fingering my projects and pushing all my pins all the way into my pin cushion!!!

    1. Julie! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :) Chalkboard paint is a great idea - I think I'll do the playroom closet door! It's still a terrible oak, flat paneled monster. :)

  3. OMG this is the smartest thing ever! And that peephole is brilliant. My boys would love it, and also that awesome playroom!

    I'm your newest follower!

    1. Danielle! Welcome! :) Thanks so much for commenting! The peephole has definitely been the biggest hit, that's for sure! Love the title of your blog! My oldest is VERY into superhero's right now!

  4. Thanks for posting this! I have a hollow core door on the toddler's room - double doors! I'm planning to Dutch one of them. It's been hard to find info with hollow doors.


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