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Opening Doors

What do you make of this?

Paint a door!

Hmm didn’t really appeal me.

But then again. Here’s the door.

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This is the door to the shed. The shed is sixty years old. Well the house is sixty years old having been built in the 1950s.

The shed is a brick built edifice in the back yard so I think it’s original. There are three houses together under one roof and they all have a similar shed.

It’s looking convincing isn’t it?

A sixty year old shed.

And a sixty year old shed door.

I wonder who made it? It’s home made and repaired. It has nails securing it. It’s been filled and patched.

It used to be garden green. When we moved in it was in need of painting and now it needs painting again.

We could’ve got a new door or made a new door. But do you know what? I like having a door with history.

As I started to prepare the door for painting I pictured the process that lead to the door happening.

The first people to live in our house probably made the door. In the 1950s housing materials in The Netherlands were in short supply. After the war and occupation we can imagine that rebuilding and redeveloping the country were a huge challenge.

The bricks used to build our house demonstrate this. The first metre uses good brick but after that the bricks are poorer quality because of this situation.

I think the man who made our door probably took pride in his work. It’s a neat door. There’s a repair where one panel has split. It’s been nailed back in place.

I wonder what stories that door could tell us? What did they keep in the shed?
It’s had an undercoat today.

Tomorrow it gets the top coat.

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21 comments on “Opening Doors

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 20, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome update and thank you for sharing have a blessed day Liz

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  2. Pekebun
    August 20, 2014

    If only the door could speak…

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  3. starproms
    August 20, 2014

    Wow, what a difference a spot of paint makes!

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  4. bcparkison
    August 20, 2014

    Lucky you! A shed and history all together.

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    • lizard100
      August 20, 2014

      Yep. It’s a good shed. Now all I need to do us sort out the inside. Again!

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  5. Benjamin
    August 20, 2014

    Almost a shame to cover up that rich patina but there’s no hiding the character in that door! Lovely post!

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  6. Expat Eye
    August 20, 2014

    Short story time 😉

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    • lizard100
      August 20, 2014

      Exactly! I could practically see the fella working on it in his check shirt, cord trousers and elbow patches.

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  7. silverbells2012
    August 20, 2014

    It must be door-painting season as I’m doing my front one. Not got as much history as yours though!

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    • lizard100
      August 20, 2014

      Did the front door yesterday too. It’s on the list. Thanks for the visit.

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  8. roughseasinthemed
    August 21, 2014

    So the question is, what sort of paint did you use? The expensive Eco paint, or did you just go for a standard synthetic with low emissions? (My partner’s a painter, hence my curiosity)

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    • lizard100
      August 21, 2014

      That was a big challenge. We went for standard synthetic with low emissions. My compromise was only on the fact we don’t use it very much. We also didn’t go to town on buying brushes and trays and rollers as we always use the same ones and clean them carefully to reduce the waste generation. I do hate the restrictive options when trying to be greener with DIY. Not very good is my overall verdict.

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      • roughseasinthemed
        August 21, 2014

        My partner gets extremely annoyed with people who don’t clean out brushes and roller trays and sleeves and anything really. The problem with cleaning brushes and roller sleeves is the only really effective way to do it is under running water – thereby wasting water 😦 certainly the paint industry is a bad one in terms of environmental impact because it’s dominated by the chemical industry. And although we’ve looked at Eco paints for personal use, the cost is unrealistic for the average person. About the only plus point is that if you keep something well-maintained by regularly painting it, it will last for years eg your door. All our UK houses had original or mostly original doors and windows, so that was Victorian, Edwardian, 30s and 50s. We had to replace a French door and windows so we got a joiner to make them up the same for us.

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      • lizard100
        August 21, 2014

        It’s a dilemma on the eco front definitely. And DIY is so often very throwaway.

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  9. gardensunshine
    August 29, 2014

    I like both the rustic before and the after! LOL. Well done. it is amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do. Thanks for sharing!

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    • lizard100
      August 29, 2014

      Thank you. It needed the protection. I really the story of the door.

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