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Old 04-13-2011, 09:17 AM   #1
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I have two front doors. How do I disguise that?

My house is an old house (built in the 1890s). From what I am told it was customary then to have two front doors, one for residents and the other directly to a formal sitting room for guests.

I would like to disguise the one as a window. It has a half length window in the door now, and I would like to make it so guests don't try to use that door. I know the ideal fix would be to frame it in, and replace the door with a window, but I don't intend on living here for too long, so I would like to do something creative to disguise it.

Any help would be appreciated.


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Old 04-13-2011, 10:11 AM   #2
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I donít know how you would disguise a door. Other than doing what you said youíre not going to do.
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I have seen quite a few of those where a planter box, hammock, or whatever has been set in front of the door on the porch side, and a small secretary, table, desk, or chair on the inside. Although I agree that I wouldn't want to use both doors on a regular basis, I happen to like the look of them, so rather than disguising it, just provide a subtle indication that it is not intended to be used.
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I think a cute and creative way to manage this fun problem is to put up a 'historic' looking sign. Check out this link: http://atlassignsandplaques.com/privacyplaques.aspx.

You could have it say something fun like:

- This door is for guests from the 1890s. If you lack the proper attire please use the other door.

- Door Out of Order

- Exit Only

- Idiot's Entrance

- Insert your creative phrase here:

For goodness sake, don't destroy a charming and historic element of your home.
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