Saturday, March 13, 2010

SYTYCD Week 3 Project: Old...Barn-Style Door

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Today, I am officially a loser...or at least a non-winner. Sad, but true. WhisperWood Cottage has been eliminated from the So You Think You Can Decorate (SYTYCD) competition. My Pottery Barn Styled Workspace project simply did not get enough votes.

I didn't cry...okay, I did a little bit. I admit it. I am just a sensitive person. Now I know how those contestants who get eliminated on TV feel when they don't get enough votes. While I am disappointed and a bit embarrassed that I didn't do better, I am also grateful to those of you who voted for me. And thank you to Stephanie for inviting me to participate in the first place. It was an honor to be asked.

Below is the project post I had ready for Week 3. The theme is "Old." That pretty much encompasses a lot of my decorating. I find vintage, antique, and junk items to add unexpected character to my home. This project is one of my favorites.

PLANNED COMPETITION ENTRY

A salvaged school door paired with a set of salvaged barn flat track equals the new doorway to my walk-in closet!  I have never been more excited about decorating as I was when we started the makeover of our master bedroom. This door is one of the reasons! And it's mine, all mine! [cue maniacal laughter here]

BEFORE...



AFTER...


THE FINDS...


The Door. I found the door last summer at the garage sale of my friend, Sue@JunkMarket Style. It was a project in Sue's house that inspired me to do this in my own house (she is a never-ending source of inspiration for me!). It turns out that Sue had gotten the door from my other friend, Cammie@Daffadowndilly's, a few years back. Cammie had rescued it from a building remodel on the Wayne State College campus in Wayne, NE. How cool is that?! 

The Barn Flat Track. When Ron mentioned to his dad that we were looking for some flat track to hang some doors we had found, he said, "What about the tracks from Amy's parents?" I didn't know what he was talking about. My parents had torn down a dilapidated barn (circa late 1800s) several years ago. During that process, Ron's dad came to take the wood so that he can make mirrors and frames, etc. Turns out that he had also grabbed the flat track and rollers. They ended up in Ron's parents' shed...awaiting someone like me to put them to use! It was meant to be!

THE PROCESS


We had to give the door a bit of TLC using a scraper followed by a treatment with tung oil. Then we measured out where the rollers would go. We pre-drilled the holes and mounted the rollers to the door. After mounting the track to the wall, we simply lifted the door into place.

THE FINAL RESULT



For me, this door is a perfect piece of jewelry for the room. It is beautiful, functional, and full of character. For more photos, information about the process, or to see the matching door on the entry to the master bath, please visit us at WhisperWood Cottage!



Even though I am no longer competing, there are still many weeks to go in the competition. Those still competing need your votes! Voting polls for Week 3 are open Sunday, March 14 through Friday, March 19. Results announced on Saturday the 20th. Voting is open to everyone....bloggers and non-bloggers alike. CAST YOUR VOTE AT SYTYCD! 

We now return to regularly scheduled
programming at WhisperWood Cottage.

NEXT POST:
More details on the barn-style door project.

54 comments:

  1. This project is incredible! You should be very proud, your projects always inspire me. Thank you for all the time you put into it. smiles.

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  2. I can't believe you were eliminated! I am so sorry - your design style and execution is top-notch and I don't think some of the others were even in the same league as you. As with other things in life, its not who's the best, but who got the most votes - you are a gracious non-winner!
    And I love your barn door - have always liked barn doors- always have wanted an artist studio with one...maybe someday...

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  3. Love this. I tried to incorporate a barn door like this into my house but it just didn't work. Your door looks perfect. So sorry you were eliminated from the competition.

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  4. 1st my mushy but true remark...you are a winner in my eyes with your style. I love it!!

    2nd...your door is fantastic. What personality it has.

    Have a great rest of your day.

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  5. You can't be serious!?!?! I'm in shock! It was fantastic!

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  6. I thought you would be in it till the end! So sorry you were eliminated! I voted for you! That is a bummer for sure! Your door is absolutely AMAZING! What a great transformation!

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  7. Amy, I am sorry you aren't in the competition anymore. I love that door on the track. What a unique design statement that is. How great that the part you needed came from your parent's barn. It was just meant to be.

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  8. Aww Amy, I'm sorry, but I loved the barn door and I think that just to be asked to participate means you are a winner already!

    Kat :)

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  9. Oh Amy, I am so disappointed with the voters in SYTYCD. What were they thinking? Your entries were incredible! Ahhhh, I'll say no more.

    Love, love, love your doors. They are simply "too cool for school" (including a college!).

    Still wishing you would dump that race and join us again for Vintage Treasures Market in June.

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  10. aww, i'm so sorry amy...your design elements are so pure and so well-executed...you'll always be a winner in our eyes!
    ~judi ;)

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  11. Shhh, it's a matter of opinion and MY opinion is it's DYNAMITE, Chic, Stylish, Wonderful....I really love it Amy! Jennifer

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  12. Oh, say it ain't so!!! Dang! You have made me so PROUD! I think it is so cool to know someone who was even asked to participate! Girlfriend, you are "a legend in our minds"! By the way, your door is one of my all-time fAv-O-rIte projects!

    Will I get to see you this year at Warrenton?

    Malisa

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  13. Oh, you definitely should NOT be embarrassed, your projects are excellent... it's just that someone has to go. I love this door project wish I could do something like that, but I'm in a rental. :(

    Tania

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  14. Amy, I love all of your stuff, and no matter what happens on that "other" blog, I'll be here eagerly awaiting your next cool ideas and inspiration. This post was no exception!

    xo
    Laura

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  15. This is one of my most favorite projects ever!!! I didn't realize it was your room - I saved it in my "dream file" weeks ago. I love the entire room - would love to have a sneak peak behind the door! Great job - I'm in love!
    Sarah

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  16. poo- I thought yours was the best last week. And I love the change this barn door makes to the wall- LOVE IT!

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  17. That is so cool. I never would have thought it was the same room if I hadn't seen the before. Putting that door in was the way to go!

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  18. I am so sorry you are out of the competition. It wasn't because of my votes! But thank fully you will still be able to share all of those projects with us and I won't miss any of them!
    That door is gorgeous! I could only wish I would ever find such a thing and be able to use it in my house.

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  19. I was very shocked that you ended up at the bottom. You arrangement was stunning, as are all of your projects and pictures. I think this barn door entry would've stolen the show next week. I think it would've spanked my entry. :)

    I think I would've cried and will cry, too, when I'm at the bottom. A little. It's going to happen to all but one person. It's hard not to take this seriously and want to get lots of votes. As a bit of comfort, look at all of your loyal followers and readers who think you and your work is great. I'm one of them.

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  20. I wish you had made it through to this project, because this is out of this world and would have garnered you tons of votes. It is so amazing the transformation. And if I do declare (In my best Kat Dealy voice!) : YOU can decorate! Stan

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  21. The "after" room is amazing...the door, so cool!
    Don't get too blue from the competition, your skills are wonderful!

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  22. Amy ~ You are a class act all the way.

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  23. I was just certain that you would hang in there. I love your barn door. I think the room is just stunning. You are so talented, so just hang in there, I so appreciate all your wonderful creativity. Hugs, Marty

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  24. Amy, I am in utter shock that you were eliminated. I voted for you this week and thought your entry was by far the best. It was not only a good design, but it was great the way to broke it down into the steps you took to get it there -- first the main pieces, then minor, then accessories. As one of the decorating challenged I found it tremendously helpful and inspiring. Thanks! As for your barn door -- it is amazing and you would have blew them out of the water (or maybe not, this voting seems to make no sense!).
    Midge

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  25. I love the barn door. I just might try something like this at my place. Thanks for the idea.

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  26. So sorry--No one should have to be eliminated. I love your stuff!

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  27. I'm so sorry you have been eliminated...sometimes I just don't understand! You have an amazing style. I LOVE this door...oh my goodness! I'm calling my Dad tomorrow to see if he has any of these in his barns! It is stunning. You are incredible!
    Hugs,
    Julie

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  28. Such a bummer, I loved your entries! You're a winner in my book :)!!

    I am completely jealous of that barn door, it's just gorgeous -- and quite a rare find I'd think! Your home is so lovely/cool/welcoming/authentically YOU!

    Keep on showing us those projects, even if it's not for votes anymore, that would be really fun!
    Blessings,
    Stacey

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  29. I found your blog through SYTYCD, and I CANNOT believe you were eliminated! I voted for your project last week, and seriously thought you would win. Well, I still love your stuff! And your door is awesome.

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  30. Oh i am drooling over your fabulous barn door... i've wanted one for so long in my master bedroom but haven't been fortunate to have found one yet!!! Great job!! wish you lived next door to help me find one :)
    i'll just keep popping over to your blog and drool over yours!!
    xo,
    LuLu

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  31. I agree with commenter 2, who said you were in another league. Rock on!
    :)Heidi

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  32. At least you made it to part 2. No tears, it's just decorating. Back when HGTV had their rate my space board, I was fool enough to post some rooms. They were summarily panned and I never played that game again. I thought your PB inspired corner was terrific.
    Margo

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  33. I absolutely LOVE your door and the hanging hardware. The space looks beautiful. I'd be happy to have it.

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  34. So sorry that you didn't get enough votes! I just love your work and I am a follower so I will still enjoy seeing your projects!! woohoo! Love the barn door!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  35. You have absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about!! You have a fabulous, beautiful style! Competition schompetition! Your barn door is so gorgeous, like all the others above I am drooling, and wishing I could have one of these in my rented apartment!!

    Keep up the beautiful work we all love from you so much! Very kind regards from a new follower :)

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  36. Amy, I am shocked. You have such amazing style and grace. Your door was one of the first projects I saw when I joined the blogging community. I feel in love with it, so much so that I have been in search of something similar for a doorway from our almost finished kitchen into the rest of the house. Last weeks entry was fabulous!

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  37. Hi Amy,
    Regardless of the votes you are NUMERO UNO in my mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything you do is beyond STUNNING!!
    xojanis

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  38. Oh man... sorry about your elimination. I love this door! LOVE it! And it came from Wayne, NE... we live really close to there! :) Good things come from Nebraska! ;)

    ~Jennifer

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  39. Hi, Amy...I'm sorry your were eliminated but...it's NO reflection oon your beautiful decorating. You are one of my very favorite blogs.
    I see now how all this works...you have to be ASKED to participate in the SYTYCD series. That's cool...I am having fun voting ea. week. Oh, and by the way, I DID vote for your last entry!! :)
    xo bj

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  40. I'm so sad to see you go! You are the one who introduced me to the competition. I will keep following to see the amazing things up your sleeve! I am certain that if this week's theme would have come before last week's, you'd still be there. :)

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  41. LOVE this...I think I am going to have to add some one to my favorites! :)
    ~Bridgette {allthingzrealted}

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  42. Love the before and after shots!
    Great barn door!

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  43. What a great project, but I truely loved all your entries. You're very talented and I'm just glad we still have your wonderful blog to look at.

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  44. I absolutely love that project (everything that I see on here) and am disappointed with you about the elimination. I have only recently found this blog and absolutely LOVE your style and creativity. You are extremely talented!

    And I saw that you had tweeted a yakkity yak of mine! Thanks so much! What a nice surprise!

    So glad I meandered here!

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  45. wow! I just found your blog, but I'm LOVING it! This before & after is INCREDIBLE. You are extremely talented.

    I will be back often:)

    Staci

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  46. The queen is not happy. In other words...CRA-A-AP! Amy, you have a unique sense of style that is clean, fresh and yours alone. I love it. Give it time kiddo...I know you are going to be a star player in a short time. I tell ya...we wuz robbed!

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  47. Amy, so sad to hear you were eliminated. Not an accurate portrayl of talent, just a lack of voters in the know. You had my vote, so thankfully I have nothing to feel bad about. :) It was great exposure for you, and a learning experience, so you are still a winner. You are an inspiration to many, so keep your head high. You rock girlfriend.
    Gretchen

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  48. This is jaw dropping gorgeous! I absolutely adore this. I want it. I covet it. Beautiful! Seriously, do you believe me yet?

    On a different note, I'm sorry you were eliminated. I too was asked to be part of SYTYCD but competing in decorating isn't for me. However, the competition has been sooo much fun to watch and your projects have been fantastic! Congrats on creating beauty and continuing to inspire others!!!

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  49. So sorry to hear that you were eliminated. You always have the best projects. The other day my sister was over and I pulled up your blog and we ooohed and aaahed over all your beautiful and chic ideas. I love the inspiration I find here.

    Ruth

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  50. Well, girlie, looks like you have a ton of fans! And you should. You have impeccable style. You did an absolutely amazing job and there is nothing to be down about. We will all continue to be in awe of your talent. And not only your talent, but your sweet spirit. Luv ya!

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  51. I found your blog through a retweet on Twitter. This project is absolutely amazing. I also love your greyhound themed wall with the vintage bench and "Y". Keep up the great work. You are inspiring so many people.

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  52. ah-maze-ing! truly sensational transformation. you're a winner in my book!

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  53. I've always loved your bedroom. Bet your two friends who let it slip through their fingers eat their hearts out whenever they see it!

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