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ronny p 148

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I built a wall using old pallet wood going to put 5 13 /34 inch shelves for my antique bottles the wood is free cant beat it and I love the looks of pallet wood .But the door sticks out like a sore thumb. I live the door it has 6 windows it was my dads its at least 80 years old . What can I do to the door that's easy that will make it fit with surrounding wood . I'm not a wood worker or carpenter that's why I use pallet wood cant install it bad its all beat up and black split looks good So what can I do . hers few pics .

Ronny
 

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Lose the fish and paint it brown to contrast the finished pallet wood varnish color.
 

beezerbill

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If the door is 80 years old I wouldn't mess with it. Might want to make the pallet wood look more like the door. Your first picture shows a glimpse of something to the right of the door that doesn't look too out of place - maybe stain your pallet wood to look like the shelves to the right of the door. You say you are going to put shelves up against your pallet wood wall? Again, stain or paint them so they match the shelves on the right and you won't be too bad. By the time the shelves are all filled up the difference in wood color will hardly be noticeable.
 

dalmatiangirl61

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I agree, stain the pallet wood, the black streaks in the pallet wood will still show so it will retain the distressed look.
 

Vanman

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Yeah, that 80 year old door is beautiful. Make the other stuff adapt to it, not the other way around. :brows:

I heard that pallet wood is treated with something toxic to make last, so covering it up with stain would probably be good anyway. Then again, you know how much you can trust "what I heard" lol. :crazy:
 

Power

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Electricals not up to code. Be careful. If there is ever a fire in that area, insurer may balk at paying
 

CharlieB

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Lots of good suggestions so far, but the key word in the original request is "easy."
One easy way would be to just paint the door the same color as the pallet wood. The paint store can mix up a quart of paint computer matched to a sample you bring them. If you feel real creative, you can overlay some wood "grain" with darker paint and a coarse brush.
 

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My suggestion is to put one strip of dark wood on casement beween pallet wood and door. This will make a less drastic conrast between door and pallet wood. Thinking say 1.5" wide by 5/16" thick. Will be surprised how much better it will please the eye.
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ronny p 148

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about electrical code this house was built 75 years ago What's not code the silver box you see is a junction box where all wires come together outlets . blue is double light switch only way to make this house up to code is rewire it. It was wired by my dad who was a master electrician all his life I don't think anything he wired is up to code today . When we sold my dads house when he passed away last may at 94 we had to have an so called electrician come in and put ground fault outlets in bathroom and by kitchen sink Both my parents died in there 90's and my mother used that sink in kitchen and in bathroom for over 80 years and my mom passed from altziemers and my dad from natural causes. Some of this code stuff is is overkill Buy I get your point .

Ronny

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not all pallet wood is treated food grade pallets and the blue and red one bad don't use .

Ronny

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By the way those what look like shelves on right are wooden DYNAMITE boxes that DYNAMITE was shipped in years ago like 40 years ago my grand father was a blaster in a quarry for over 50 years and my mother used them as shelves in her cellar I'm Shure thy had glycerin on them and she stored food and everything on them as I said in previous post They passed in there 90's If state knew what they were there were many in the house made as shelves they would have not let us sell it. My grand father used them in a camp on lake Champlain as sheet rock beautiful and free .

Ronny

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By the way those what look like shelves on right are wooden DYNAMITE boxes that DYNAMITE was shipped in years ago like 40 years ago my grand father was a blaster in a quarry for over 50 years and my mother used them as shelves in her cellar I'm Shure thy had glycerin on them and she stored food and everything on them as I said in previous post They passed in there 90's If state knew what they were there were many in the house made as shelves they would have not let us sell it. My grand father used them in a camp on lake Champlain as sheet rock beautiful and free .

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I agree entirely about the excess codes these days. I've never tripped a GFI, simply by using my brain lol. Just as your parents did. :brows:

And this is a real nitpick that would never effect anything- the Romex is supposed to be stapled within 12" of the box. Otherwise, as long as the J-box remains accessible, it all looks good to me.
 

ronny p 148

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Well J box didn't know what there called my dad I miss him when stuff like this is discussed he was retired at least 45 years as a master electrician my brother is a master electrician , pipe fitter you name it he's licensed and I remember him talking to my dad about big power 440 and up and the equipment they had my dad knew nothing about because technology passed him kind of sad but even in the field of the funeral service I work in the procedures in the civil war and what we have now can be related to my dad . My dad wired what you see and I will be there when I'm dead But I appreciate the word of caution . Boy he was good in his day !

Ronny

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J box not really accessible now but if I have to get in there quick crow bar will do it . Could have made a door but I didn't feel it was necessary I'm not going to sell my house kind of off subject now to get back to that door been experimenting with home made stain rusty bolts and vinegar I'm going to darken the light wood what about taking wire wheel to that door and putting coat of darker stain to age door or make it look like surrounding wood . The trouble its maple beautiful door went into my mom and dads living room .

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dalmatiangirl61

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I tried a home brew stain from vinegar and steel wool last year, I cringed every time I walked around the corner and looked at it, ended up sanding it down and putting real stain on it. If you want the wood to look like it was salvaged from a burned out building the vinegar rust stain might work.
 

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stain the pallet wood , lightly sand after,then hit it with some clear... You'll love it, and won't screw up a beautiful door.
Here's some pics of the little bench I can scratch off my honey-doo list ....:clap:
Ruff cut maple ,. Stained with red oak , lightly sanded to reveal the saw marks, then cleared.
 

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ronny p 148

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Wow BIGBIRD beautiful I want to keep wall the way it is just darken the undardened wood I tried some vinegar I made some time ago turned it like barn board I'm going to experiment with the vinegar cheap steel wool rusty nuts bolts acorns butter nuts you name it you can make stain with it.

Ronny

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Dalmation I tried the rust stain it looked like dark red maybe left rusty bolts in solution too long .
 

Martin w

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I built a wall using old pallet wood going to put 5 13 /34 inch shelves for my antique bottles the wood is free cant beat it and I love the looks of pallet wood .But the door sticks out like a sore thumb. I live the door it has 6 windows it was my dads its at least 80 years old . What can I do to the door that's easy that will make it fit with surrounding wood . I'm not a wood worker or carpenter that's why I use pallet wood cant install it bad its all beat up and black split looks good So what can I do . hers few pics .

Ronny
I like it .
I would leave it as it is. You said you like the pallet wood . The door come from your dad. Anytime someone looks at it they will say, I remember that door at your dads house. It's cool how you used old lumber to enhance the look of the door.
Cheers
Martin
 
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