ok, so i just finished painting the door and “distressing” it.
then i got out piles of fabric and starting plopping pieces in the windows,
until it seemed right.
i was anal about dots not next to dots, same colors not side-by-side, and the one’s with white backgrounds separate from each other.
then i cut thin cardboard at the size of the window inserts, taking off just a smidge to account for the fabric.
(thrifty tip: i get huge sheets of really thin cardboard for free from costco. the are used to divide stacks of toilet paper packages and paper towels. also fun for giant scribble fests for the kids.)
i cut my fabric about 1/2″ taller and wider than my cardboard piece and secured it with packing tape.
i could’ve used spray adhesive, but then if i ever decide to change out the fabrics on this i wouldn’t be able to reuse the fabric for anything else.
oh, you could also skip all these steps and use paper.
but since mine is in a bathroom where it will be moist (i very much dislike that word),
i decided that the paper wouldn’t hold up as well.
and i love fabric.
i first taped down the center of each side with a small piece, being very careful that the fabric is lined up correctly.
then i taped down each side entirely.
then i printed out 5 x 7’s of my kids and had a little white border added.
i arranged them, being sure that i had the same amount of pics of each kid.
and you can bet that within moments of the door being hung my kids were in there counting.
ok, back to the project…
for each window opening i used 6 nails –
one on each short side (centered) & 2 one each long side (evenly spaced).
i had one wonky piece that just was slightly too big for the window that i refused to untape and cut down and retape, so i just used extra nails and it turned out fine.
here comes the part i really can’t explain very well.
since the door was really heavy, he wanted to hang it using a cleat.
since webster does a better job than me, here you go:
cleat (klēt), noun, a piece of wood, metal, or plastic, often wedge-shaped, fastened to something to strengthen it or give secure footing
he attached this strip of wood to the door, making sure it was level.
the tricky part is that there is an angle cut in at the bottom of the strip.
you’ll see why in a minute (if you’re still here, because i’m even bored by this part).
he pre-drilled all the holes so as not to split the wood, the counter sunk holes for the screws so they wouldn’t stick out and scratch the wall.
then he added about 6-8 screws.
then on the wall we wanted to hang it, he hung the other piece of the cleat on the wall, being sure it was firmly attached to studs and level.
see the angle of the wall piece?
that is the exact angle of the piece attached to the door.
now when we lifted the door up onto this, the 2 pieces locked in place.
and after all that…
here is the end result.
i still like it.
even after one day.