Monday, August 23, 2010

A Beautiful New Door for My Studio!

As I have embarked on a career in crochet design, my husband has been working on learning the craft of woodworking.  He loves making outdoor structures, but I have been trying to get him to work on things for inside the house.  His first projects were for our daughter's room; a very useful toy box, and a doll bed that is a mini replica of her own bed.  I will have to post a photo of that one day!

Since we have made our spare room into a studio for me, we have been unhappy with the door.  It was recycled from my brother-in-law's apartment, and it has always been a temporary solution.  We were thinking of painting it, but  then my husband decided that he would make a wooden door with windows.  It is so nice for a studio to have natural light!  He went to work designing the door and looking for information, tutorials, and books on how to make windows and doors.  Interestingly, there aren't many resources for this, so he had to piece together bits of information and do some experimenting.  It was definitely a learning experience!   It was a proud moment when he unveiled the door to me.  It is truly the crowning glory of the studio.  I am trying to convince him to start a blog to talk about his projects and his learning process.  I think it would be a good way to keep a log of his work and see his progress, as well as a way to meet others with the same interests.  He doesn't know how addictive blogging can be....yet!

Here is a photo of the old door.  I tried to make it look decent in the photo, but it really just doesn't want to be a good-looking door.  Anyway, at least you can see the vast improvement!


  1. congrats on your new door! I like it! compliments to your husband! :)

  2. Thank you, Linda! I will pass your compliments on to him:)

  3. The new door really was a massive improvement! How has it been holding up? With the material that you have used, it seems that it would be built to last. The windows are a welcome bonus that adds a bit more lighting or at least illumination inside the house as well. Anyway, have you made changes to it over the years?

    Joyce Roberson @ LockedOut Locksmiths

  4. That new door is a good improvement indeed. Having some experience merely refinishing doors (stripping paint, sanding, staining, etc.), I know how labor intensive that work alone can be. I can’t imagine the hours it took to produce such a high quality looking door. Your husband’s an inspiration to do-it-yourselfers everywhere wanting to tackle more advanced projects like this. Well done!