J.E. Bannister House, Portland, OR

J.E. Bannister House, Portland, OR.

Snow White would have proudly hosted a party for her seven dwarfs if she was lucky enough to own a home like the J.E. Bannister House. Snuggled into one of Portland, Oregon’s more charming neighborhoods, Old Sellwood, this recently sold home of reusing, recycling, restyling, and renewing designer/decorator guru, Shannon Quimby, was one of my favorites on our walk-about tour this past summer.

Reluctantly, Shannon and her husband decided to put this historic home on the market which was snatched up in no time. Unfortunately, that meant we missed a look-see on the inside, but in addition to the stunning beauty of its curb appeal, we were delighted by a surprise in the most unexpected place…the trash area!

Vintage Door Trash Blind

Vintage door trash blind.

What a fantastic way to hide such an unsightly, yet unavoidable area of a home! I was so excited to share this with you all because I knew you would appreciate the simplicity and green-mindedness of this very cute trash can blind! Here’s what this vintage door was hiding…

Repurposed vintage door cleverly hides trash cans

Repurposed vintage door cleverly hides trash cans.

This would be so easy to do. All you’d need is a vintage style door, a 4″ x 4″ piece of wood and some wood screws (for the planter, you’ll need a hook to hang it in the empty window space). You can find wonderful and inexpensive ones on DiggersList. Here’s an example I found today (to find one in your area, insert your zip code and search “vintage doors”):

DiggersList vintage door…just $25!

DiggersList vintage door…just $25!


Step #1: Remove the glass from your vintage door.

Step #2: Screw the 4 x 4 piece of wood to your fence or gate.

Step #3: Secure your vintage door blind to the 4 x 4 with screws.

Step #4: Add your hook and hang your planter and you’re done!

If you’d like to see more of Shannon’s fabulous repurposing home ideas, take the self-guided tour of her recycled house and get inspired!

Would you try to repurpose a door like this? What would you put inside the window?

All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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