June 7, 2008

Old Things New

Here is the 'trash to treasure' I've been working on.
In the winter my family was exploring the old barns at my in-laws' home when we stumbled upon this old door.  I immediately fell in love.  It had great character, ALL the windows intact, and great history.  It was, after all, the back door to my father-in-law's farmhouse when he was a child.

We had recently remodeled our mud room and had a large space that needed something.   This was the perfect fit.  I wanted to maintain the integrity of the age of the door.  So I used a light blue glaze to freshen it up, without covering up the grain of the wood.

My father-in-law came to visit after it was hung and his comment was: 'I didn't know you could do anything with an old door.'    Um... I think I'll take that as a complement.

So this got me thinking about my life.  Sometimes I feel like an old door, put in the corner.  A little rough around the edges, tired and dusty.  Then my Savior comes to the rescue and sees my uniqueness.  My beauty despite the worn places.  
He then begins the restoration.  He cleanses me, brings out the unique details of my personality, gives me a fresh coat of His grace and LOVES me.  He is proud of me, and I bring him glory.
Yes, He does make old things NEW!

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.
Ephesians 3:17-19


Kimba said...

What a wonderful post. I love what you did with the door. And I love what our Lord can do with us.

Suzanne Garrison said...

Love the door! And love how you used it as an analogy with life.
Enjoy reading your blog.

Shannon said...

Thanks for entering the giveaway! I enjoyed looking through your blog. Such a cute, charming house! I love the old doors and windows.

The Nester said...

i adore i mean adoor it! i'll be linking to you in tomorrow's post!

Sheri said...

Love the way you used old things! Very cool way you used that with the Lord. Those Eph. prayers are my personal favorite (eph. 1 and 3)!

Bonita said...

Wow! What a treasure for your family and how creative of you to rescue an old door and turn it into something beautiful. I learn so much from wonderful blog posts like this that help me learn to decorate and think outside the box. Thank you!

Renee said...

How fun is this! Wow, love it!

Angela said...

I love that you are preserving history in this way! Looks FABULOUS!

Praise the Lord, He makes things new again! My husband was just healed of cancer and all the glory goes to God!

aj said...

Just got here through The Nester! Love what you did with the old door. How cool would it be if you had an old black & white picture of your fil with the door in the backgroud somehow. Heck any ole' picture would look neat behind the glass!

Laurie said...

Very inspiring for the home and the soul. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Very nice! I'm searching for an old window to hang in my living room. I don't have an old barn, so I'm going to have to venture to a salvage shop. You did a great job.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Love what you did with that old door. I'm always looking for treasures like that too & that's a great way to fill some wall space.


Leigh said...

Hi! I am hear by way of Nester. I LOOOOOVVVVEEEE what you did with the door. I love even more that you have some ties and history to it. Great idea!

texasmcvays said...

Thanks! I have 3 old screen doors in the front yard right now waiting for a home! One down 2 to go!
Great idea!

ilovemy5kids said...

I love those hooks! Where, oh where do you get your hands on those?

Blessings to you!