Doors, Doors, Doors. I have used them in a few weddings. They are all over Pinterest so just Pinterest them for inspiration, but today I thought I would share where I get all my doors for weddings and how I have used them. Lets start with Rebecca’s wedding. She had borrowed doors from her aunt who had some old doors. Have you ever wondered how I have two doors standing upright…not leaning on anything?
My trick is large industrial shelf brackets like this. This is not the exact one I used, but I went into Lowes and got the biggest one I could find. Industrial sized L-brackets work too. In fact, I have bought these at a Re-Store before as well. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, it just needs to be big and sturdy. Screw two brackets into the bottom of each side of the door and secure it down with some sandbags. Voila….free standing door. I didn’t get a picture but here is my best attempt at a diagram. Note: I made sure to place these where no one would be running around them. The sweet table was in a nook and there was no reason to go behind it. They are sturdy but it’s not a fortress. Make sure it’s not in a high traffic area.
I used doors to make a pretty blah entrance a little more grand. I just leaned them up against the glass wall….carefully. The Venue would not let me take down the signs.
My greatest task was to hide really crazy storage. Behind this wall of doors are probably 100 airport chairs, a couple of coke machines, lots of boxes, a few airport banners and lots of random. I lined the edge of the storage area with an entire row of those really heavy hard to move airport benches. (the kind of chair/benches that you sit in while you wait to get on your flight.) Those things are HEAVY! I just leaned the doors against the back of the benches and layered them. Again, it is not a place for lots of traffic and kids running around, so I just pushed the tables close to the doors and made the Aisle’s wide enough that people would go down the aisle away from the doors to get out of this area.
I haven’t shown this shot because I didn’t get a good shot. I think at this point of the wedding day I was looking for chocolate bars and asked my husband to snap a few shots. The brides happiness comes before blogging. My hubby, not being a blogger, forget to move my bag of stuff. Oops. Anyway, I used Doors to cover an airport baggage security machine. It was immovable unless I had 20 college football players. I didn’t, so I hid it….with doors of course.
I use doors to hang wreaths. Just stick a push-pin in the back of a wood door and use the loop of the wreath to go over the top of the door and hook onto the pin. If it’s a metal door use a removable hook placed upside down.
I even used a door to cover the pie storage.
Where can you find doors?
- Ask family and friends. You never know what people have lying around. I was renovating a house (shocking) and I called a gal I knew was looking for doors. She came over and picked up a few old doors we were taking to the Re-Store. She painted them and glazed them to look old.
- Re-Stores have TONS of doors. You might even find a vintage one. You can make anything look vintage. Most doors at a Re-store cost $5 but are flat and hollow. Don’t be afraid of those. A little fabric and you could cover that door and use it for a picture gallery. Add some hinges to connect to and you can create a screen that can stand up on its own.
- Flea Markets – Go outside and look on the sides of the buildings. I usually find doors there.
- Architectural Salvage Stores – these are a little pricier but there are really cool vintage doors there for sure.
- Craigslist/Facebook Garage Sales. Take the initiative and say you are looking for old doors. Be careful though! Your safety is not worth a door.
- Garage Sales – hit and miss.
Doors are an easy way to make something look vintage. It can hide something or it can just be a fun part of your decor.
Hope this helps…happy wedding