How to Safely Secure an Old Door to the Wall
Well hello you beautiful people and happpppy Valentine’s Day! I really wish I could give each of you something sweet and delicious today like a dozen chocolate covered strawberries or one of those giant Hershey kisses, but instead I have a post about old doors. Yep, just old doors. But that’s cool too, right? Who am I kidding, nothing beats chocolate covered strawberries. Although I will say that old, chippy doors are a close runner up in my book so I guess it’s not so bad. And lucky you, it gets even more exciting today because I’m sharing how to how to safely secure an old door to the wall. Thrilling, right? Not exactly, but this post is important if you’re like me and have lots of vintage doors precariously leaning in corners throughout your home. And while that’s perfectly fine, it’s not exactly the safest idea–especially if you have little ones running around. It definitely wouldn’t take much for that door to get pushed, pulled, or rolled into by a curious toddler, and then you have a heavy door crashing down and causing havoc. Not good at all. Well I finally got my booty in gear and figured out a way to secure all my old doors to the wall in a way that is hidden and out of sight. It was super simple and easy, so let’s get to it. But first let’s just look at a few purdy doors real quick.
This one in our front room is sooooo heavy. I’ve had it in this spot for months now and I just love it here. Nothing else really fits in this little corner, so this old door is perfect. And it makes a great spot to hang one of my favorite signs.
And then of course this one in our living room. I’ve moved this door around so many times, but this is where I use it most often. I’m probably the most nervous about this door because my kiddos play a lot in this room. And even though they’ve never really bumped into the door or even paid much attention to it, it definitely needs to be secure.
Ok, so let me show you how simple this is–all you need is two screws and some picture hanging wire. And maybe coffee, because we all know that makes everything better.
Now this works best if the door is propped up in the corner like the two I just showed you. First you’ll want to use one of those fancy schmancy stud finders to locate a stud in one of the walls behind the door. Then put a screw in that exact spot. It’s important to find a stud so the screw is in the wall nice and tight, and it won’t budge.
Once that is in place simply put another screw on the back side of the old door. Make sure you don’t screw it in all the way, leave about 1/2″ so you have space for the wire. Once both screws are in place go ahead and cut a piece of wire, just make sure it is a little longer than the space between the door and the wall. Then use pliers to twist the wire around the screw on the door and the wall, making it nice and tight.
And that’s it. Super duper easy, folks. Give the door a good tug just to make sure it’s nice and secure. Then you’re all set! That baby is tied to the wall and not going anywhere.
This was such a simple fix and I feel so much better about having this done. And I love the fact that you can’t see the wire, so it doesn’t take away from the beauty of the door. If you wanted to be extra cautious you could definitely do another wire on the bottom side of the door, but I feel like the one on top is enough to keep it from falling over should anything or anyone bump into it.
Well guys I hope you enjoyed this quick tip and found it useful if you use old doors in your home. Also be sure to check out this post about how to test your doors and other vintage decor for lead paint–which is another important safety tip. Thanks for dropping by the blog today, I’m always so grateful to have you here. Now go eat some Valentine’s Day chocolate!