This is the story of a door. To most it looks like just any old door on the west side of our house – a door that you might not even know existed if you were visiting our house. It’s a small door. It’s an old door. But recently we learned it is also a door with a rich past.
Seemingly there is nothing special about this door. In fact it is a pretty boring view of our house. It is a quaint little entrance along a narrow sidewalk path. The door opens into a landing with a staircase that leads into our kitchen and another into our basement.
I’m guessing the door came with the house, circa 1914.
The Story of the Door
Recently Corey was outside doing yard work in the front of our house when three ladies stepped out of a vehicle and introduced themselves as the great-granddaughters of the original homeowners. No way! They were sisters who also lived in the house during their youth and wanted to look around.
We were thrilled! What a neat way to learn the history of this home we love so dearly. They promised to share any old photos they could dig up of the house and gave us a little insight into the home their great grandparents built when they were ready to move into town for more convenience.
They also told us that our little side door was well known among travelers who rode into town on the railroad. Also known as hobos back then, travelers who knocked on this little door would be greeted with a warm meal and the opportunity to freshen up.
I like to imagine the kindness and generosity of their great grandmother spread to other wanderers passing through during those early years. Consequently, this little door has new meaning to us and a special place in our home’s history.
A door this special deserved a makeover and a much needed coat of paint. We used the color Happy from the Front Door Paint Collection to transform this door from dull and boring to the centerpiece on this side of our house.
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In between coats I found some scrap fabric and sewed a little valance. We decided to remove the old storm door for now and replace it later this summer with a more modern version. Because of its unique size, we’ll have to special order something. We purchased this barn light at the local thrift store (new in box) for a $1 and replaced our old rusty light.
I am so HAPPY with this door makeover! This may not be a front door, but this paint has proven to be the right fit on any door in my house! Confession: I am secretly taking the long way home, just so I can drive by this side of my house.
What better way to accessorize a basement door than with a big ol’ jar of kosher dill pickles? Am I right?!?
If you like my little flower, you can find more in our Etsy shop!
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