If you’ve got a long, boring garden fence or wall, this idea may be what you need to transform your garden space.
I’ve posted a lot of different garden art ideas featuring old doors and windows, but I think this is the first one featuring newer, modern vinyl ones.
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A Beautiful Door to Nowhere
I saw this project on a garden tour and thought it was so eye-catching. I tend to lean toward the whole shabby-chic, repurposed look because it’s easier to find older, junkier stuff either cheap or free. But this setup with newer windows and doors in good condition is really sweet.
Let’s have a closer look to see how it’s done.
How It’s Made
The doors are in the center of the display. I’m pretty sure the black background is landscape cloth. Finally a good use for that stuff! (I’m not a fan of it in the garden: it works great for a few months and then weeds embed in it, and slowly plot their world domination. You can see it here via my affiliate account at Amazon.com.
Faux Windows with Shutters
Here’s the view from the covered patio. This brings up another smart idea: plan your garden from the places you see it most. In my garden, the back patio is my number one viewing location, so everything is placed to please Her Majesty from that vantage point.
I mention this because I see a lot of gardens started with tiny flower beds way far away at the back of the yard. It’s nice if you’re on a hike back there, but otherwise, start where you live and can enjoy it the most.
There’s a few other touches that make this so endearing. The lanterns on either side of the door, the urns with flowers and trailing vine, and the flagstone step in front of the door.
Tip for Finding Windows and Doors Like These Ones
You could purchase these windows, shutters, and doors new but, if you’re a thrifty supersleuth, you might also want to enquire at speciality stores that sell products like this. They may have outdated display items they want to get rid of (cheap or free) and you could get just what you need to make your own version.
And, work with what you can find—not some ideal you have in mind! A person can go mad trying to find exact replicas of things seen online: go with what life hands you and save your sanity.
Measure Three Times
Another tip is to make sure you are exact with your measurements before hanging everything. I find that following the scale and proportions you’d use on a real house are a very helpful guide. No higgly piggly guessing or estimating here.
You could add solar lights to the lanterns for some evening bling.
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