Is This the Kinda Vintage Beach Cottage Coastal / Nautical Door You Like?

Wed 26th, Oct, 2011

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You know you said that I needed to go look in a salvage yard for a door.

I have done.  A lot.

I think if you read here you’ll know I like old vintage things.  A lot.

And salvage yards were my first port of call (there’s a great one right near me).



But for the door, an old one wasn’t really floating my boat….for a few reasons…

Firstly, this is not a federation house and it is not old in a oh-my way…it’s just old and tatty…built just after the war, it does have a lot of good things, wood floors, sash windows (I love you) and fairly high ceilings, plus it’s on a big plot typical of those builds…but and if you see where I am going with this, it is not of a certain period, it cannot take, in my opinion a door from another period, and I am having this predicament with the bathroom too, one has to be very very careful about putting old stuff into a house like this…

Secondly, and I will take my vintage-treasure-hunting loving hat off here and say that actually here I wanted clean, fresh, new and bright.  Know how you just need that sometimes?

So, after the salvage yarding and coming home empty handed, I plumped for proper door-shop hunting, and felt very uninspired…hence deciding on a blah factory churned one (that I showed you), installed while the front deck is being done to give it a freshen-up and finally finally finally getting rid of the 70′s one that we have lived with and painted black.





Then, I went on the school run, to see the side of the road absolutely piled-high with Council Clean Up…and on getting out of the car, came across these…



Yep that really happens to me in my life, I innocently walk into old vintage doors on the side of the road as I am going about my business.

I phoned Mr Beach Cottage.


“Errr, hello, do you fancy picking up a couple of old vintage doors later?”

“Errr, that’s a no, we have 4 old doors in the garage already”

“Errr, but I really like these ones and one of them has a really nice like hook thingy on it, and, gush, they are like all chippy and peely and VINTAGE”

“Errr, nup”

“Errr, I’ll be really nice to you”

“Errr, how nice”

“Errr, like majorly nice”

“Errr, ok”


See, I’ve still got it.

These are probs more like back doors, at least the back doors I’ve seen, not sure where they are going….if indeed it’s anywhere near my I Am So Happy New Front Deck but certainly vintage, chippy, peely and lovely…and I nearly died over the hardware…




And that is my Good Life Wednesday, finding treasures on the school run, on the side of the road…in the Lucky Country

What do you think…one of these will definitely be going on the laundry room door when the carpenter is here…all brightened up and clean this is gonna rock my socks…





See you again….

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51 Responses to “Is This the Kinda Vintage Beach Cottage Coastal / Nautical Door You Like?”

  1. Catie says:

    Hi Sarah! I LOVE those doors. Very cute. They’ll look perfect in your cottage. That’s too funny you found them on the side of the road. What a lucky score!! Thanks soo much for hosting.

    ~ Catie

  2. Leah says:

    I know what you mean about the front door being not too shabby. It has to suit the style of the house. Good on you, on your decision. Love your old doors too. I wish we had coucil pick ups in our area, what a find!! By the way, Sarah, I know this may sound like a dumb question, but how do I do the link thing for good life wednesday. Not sure about how this works. Thanks! Leahx

  3. Candy says:

    Just ran across them on the side of the road, huh? Kind of eerie, I’d say!

  4. beachcomber says:

    it’s amazing how things you need come to you on the side of the road..it’s happened to me a lot. love the doors you found!! well done.
    thanks for hosting today.

  5. Debra says:

    LOve…the doors!
    LoVe that you still got it!!

  6. Barefoot Liz says:

    Now THOSE doors I like!

  7. Jenna says:


  8. cath says:

    Yes! but I agree with you they are back doors. In fact, exactly like the back door we have on our house. Right down to the rusting hardware and peeling paint. So then why don’t I love mine as much as yours?

  9. Kathryn says:

    I never find good stuff by the side of the road. Oh, except for an old wooden stepladder which is smothered in layers of paint and is kind of funky.

  10. Alice says:

    Sarah I don’t think I have ever met any one with better luck than you! lol You must have a a vintage treasure hunting angel on your shoulder… Can I borrow your angel? There are no council clean ups in my area so I miss out on finding some really good trasure… Though when someone organises a council pick up I do have a sneaky peek and it literally is old junk…

    These doors are much better Sarah. More what I at least think would suit your interior (because you see the door on the inside of the house as well as the outside… I love these doors and have been hunting for almost exactly the same for my front door (mine has arch type patterns and it’s carver out of the door instead of wood added to the door – does that make sense? ) Paint them a glossy colour either red or turquoise or even navy (I suppose you could go black)if you want to get that fresh and up to date look.

    I know what you mean about the bathroom, we have the same problem. Owner before previous owner went all victorian with the bathroom (think red tile on the floor, cream subway tile on the walls with red trimming and rose motifs with a very art deco windows). We are struggling too with ideas (well ideas I have plenty it’s just to make it fit in will cost a small fortune lol).

  11. Yummy doors! I would have hauled them home too :)

  12. A very happy ending! (And free)

  13. Mimi says:

    Love the doors my type of doors! Mimi x

  14. Kerry Rossow says:

    These kind of finds are so rewarding! I have a thing for old doors- I am currently fantasizing about making one into a desktop.
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

  15. Kat says:

    You have all the thrifting luck! :)
    Go girl!

  16. oh sarah, there is no way in h i could walk away from those chippyfabulous doors. they’re fantastic.

    linking up with you today and can’t wait to come visit tomorrow and explore all the lovely blogs.


  17. Hi Miss Sarah

    Luck of the Irish I say – Or British in this case.

    Well done and a gorgeous find.

    And lucky and not so lucky Mr BC.
    Apparently you are going to be really nice and he has to fetch and scrape back old paint – is that what they call a win / win or win / loss / win moment :)

    If you don’t use them as doors I have seen old doors converted to entertaining tables and barbecue tables.

    Did you find any history with the doors and who owned them etc.

    have a great day and thank you for partying as always

    loulou, from hereiamloulou blog


  18. Deanne says:

    I like those doors much better than the new ones, although I do see why you want a new door.
    They are actually very much like my front door that I found at a garage sale.

  19. the freckled minx says:

    They’re the kind of doors although for your front door I was thinking the same style but where the top two panels are, replace with panes of glass of some kind so that you can get the light in that you mentioned. Noice score by the way!

  20. Deb says:

    Yes, pull out the top 2 panels and put some beachy frosted glass or some pressed metal and Bobs your uncle!

  21. Chrisartist says:

    I’m so happy to see this blog!!
    I wanted so much to tell you old is best.
    We have a little weekend cottage and the old doors stripped are so stunning.

  22. bj says:

    Cute doors, Sarah.

  23. lisaroy says:

    I can’t believe all the amazing things you stumble across on the sides of roads! awesome doors :)

  24. Katherine says:

    Oh Yeah!

  25. Morning sarah-

    I literally *sucked in my breath / gasped* when I saw the first photo- I thought she’s hit the Salvage Yard jack pot that *tinny* thing!

    Then I gasped again when I realised it was a *side of the road* find!!

    God I miss those clean up days…

    One mans junk is another very smart, clever , beach hunting girls treasure ;)

    Looking forward to seeing where these end up…

    Melissa x

    PS- one can never have too much *chippy* stuff in one’s garage- cars are for the street!

  26. Okay, today I was driving through a new suburb and your last door post kept coming to me – those awful jail-like slat doors. But these doors, they belong in my house, they are just like the doors in my house, they are the doors in my house. Keep them and if ever I have the money to extend I’ll buy them off you. You’ll make money. Just keep them pleeease and offer any enticement you need to have them stored (you know how to do it). I’ll be back in 100 years with some money sigh….

  27. Angela says:

    Congratulations Sarah, this is a much happier door story! Totally your style, just going about your business, casually picking vintage goodies up off the footpath. LOVE IT!

  28. Kim Buca says:

    hey Sarah
    those were the same doors that were in an old 1830 farm house we rented i loved those old doors and they pretty much looked just like that except some where the square block are where the knob is they were black (some i painted you guesed it … white)some had the heavy old marble like door handles too i like them i still see a window though for your cottage to let light filter through is this gonna be amain door? i either forgot or didnt see where they are gonna go! have a great day

  29. Kim Buca says:

    p.s. why is that rip off blogger on your good life page??? i opened it up and there it was under dream beach house????

  30. Elaine in Laguna says:

    Yes! Cute. Cute. Cute! So much better! Congratulations!

  31. teres says:

    LOVE those doors but love the conversation with your husband even more.

    ps i’ve still got it too!


  32. Great doors, and I remember that hardware from a really old house I grew up in. That’ll look good anywhere in your home. I totally understand why you would want a new entry or exit door though.
    Majorly nice score! ;)

  33. Julie says:

    Great doors! Have fun fitting those, I hope they fit your holes…

    And I tried to nominate you but you’re already nominated.. so give us a reminder when it’s time to vote please!!

  34. mary says:

    sarah – we got our old doors professionally dip-stripped and they looked like new after they were painted.

    mary xx

  35. Francine says:

    Great find! Don’t you just love it, when the thing you need , just falls into your lap …so to speak :)

  36. pamq says:

    I wish I would innocently happen across some of those fabulous old doors………..

    Now go be really nice to that husband of yours!!!

  37. You find the most amazing things laying alongside the road, Sarah! Either I’ve got to get out and go driving around more often….or just move to the Lucky Country and drive around there. lol! AWESOME doors, girl!

    xoxo laurie

  38. sue says:

    Sarah – If for some reason they don’t fit or can’t get them to work….I think they made a light bulb go off. Go back and get the door (without the window) and just get old hardware to go on it. Either take the hardware off these or go to a website that sells reproduction hardware. Voile’…instant cottage!

  39. Sarah,

    You had me chuckling when you bribed your husband by promising to be ‘majorly nice.’ I’m still chuckling. Yep, you’ve still got it going on, girl.


  40. Mummaducka says:

    Yes yes yes that’s the ones. I love those old knobs but, Please add good deadlocks too! How fab to find them!

  41. Susan says:

    so… I’m curious about the ripoff blogger who is mentioned in a comment above….
    so I’ve been looking at a few of the good life links and low & behold I come across an exact replica of your “how to blog” {or whatever you called it} post…… now I haven’t gone back to check word for word….. but from memory it’s pretty darn similar. Although the other writer infers she went to a blogging conference in Melbourne?? Maybe it’s all true …… this sort of thing makes my skin crawl. I am assuming this is who was referred to, I might be really wrong……. sad

    nice doors Sarah, I love salvage yards {and the side of the road too } XXXX

  42. Those doors are a fabulous find! And found on the side of the road… amazing! Sounds like it was meant to be. Thank you for hosting the party too.

  43. Jeannie-JB says:

    Love the doors, Love your blog. Had to nominate you about 4 times before I could find a category you weren’t already nominated in! This is a good thing. Can’t wait to vote for you – anybody who finds totally cool doors just lying on the side of the road needs to win!

  44. JennJenn says:

    i completely understand what you mean about trying to be period-appropriate with what you add to your home.
    even if you do not use these doors in or on your house, you could always do soooo many things with them…even garden decor!

  45. alison says:

    Ahhh, these doors are much better. Can’t wait to see their transformation when you work your magic Sarah.

    And just getting back to those “very popular” modern style doors with the horizontal rectangular glass panels you said the salesman pushed, I really feel the owners of some of the houses (and the salespersons) need an intervention. I’ve seen many of them clashing dramatically with a house!


  46. Jacqui says:

    Hi Sarah, love the doors! Thought you might be interested in this blog post about cleaning up the hardware – not sure if you prefer the hardware unpainted? http://manhattan-nest.com/2011/11/03/black-doors/
    Looking forward to seeing them in action!