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These Doors Are For The Birds

Last Updated on February 8, 2019 by Kristi Linauer

I ordered my door hardware, and I went with the peacock pulls.  (Awesome find, Ann Marie!  Thank you!)

peacock pulls

Those other pulls (towel bars) were perfect for my house, and would have looked very pretty on my black doors next to the kitchen.  But sometimes the heart wants whimsical, and these silly little guys make me smile.  If they don’t work out, I can always order the other ones later and find another place for these peacocks.

And I didn’t get hardly anything done on my doors yesterday because frankly, I could peel myself away from Pinterest long enough to do any work.

I’m pretty sure that most of you know me well enough by now to know that when I cut the entire middle out of my doors, I wasn’t just going to turn them into standard French doors, right?  I mean, if I’m actually going to go to the trouble of making something custom, I want them to actually look custom and not like something I could have run down to Home Depot and purchased off the shelf for $135.

I had this vision of some sort of a fretwork overlay on the large area of glass.  So I searched Pinterest for “fretwork,” and oh my gosh, there was soooo much inspiration there!!!  I spent hours…hours, I tell you…pouring over the details of all of the gorgeous pictures.  There were so many that I wanted to try that I almost found it impossible to narrow it down to one choice.  So in the end, I found my four favorites, and then let Matt decide.

So this is the design I’m using as inspiration for my doors, but the circles on mine won’t be as thick and heavy looking.  I’m hoping to make mine narrower and lighter looking.

I also want to add just a hint of gold (as opposed to solid gold leaf, like I have on my kitchen cabinets) to those circles just to give them a slight shimmer.  This design will add some much needed “roundness” to my house.  If y’all have noticed, I tend to be drawn to squares and rectangles rather than circular items, so I have a house filled with corners.  I have to make a conscious effort to add round items into the mix.

Anyway, my glass is supposed to be delivered this morning.  I ordered clear tempered glass, and I’ll find a creative way to obscure the view through the doors at night.  The glass came to $84.36 per door for a 21.5″ x 66.5″ piece, and I paid an extra $20 for my order to have it delivered to my house.  No way do I want to be responsible for transporting two pieces of glass that size.  This way, they’re responsible for them until they reach my front door.  That seems well worth an extra $20 to me.  For you locals, I always to go Freddy’s Glass to order any glass or mirror that I need.

Now that I’ve found my inspiration and know exactly where I’m heading with these doors, perhaps I can peel myself away from my computer long enough to actually get some work done.  🙂

Helpful sources and products:

  • Peacock pulls – You can find all kinds of peacock pulls on Ebay, which is where I found mine.


My rolling barn-style doors are finished! Here’s a peek at how they turned out…

You can see more pictures of the finished doors here…

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    September 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

    YES!!! I adore the peacocks! You can never go wrong with that slight bit of whimsy that will make you smile every time you see them.

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    Michele M
    September 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Yay! Soon as I saw the peacocks, I saw Kristy written all over it! So you, love it!

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    Lisa E
    September 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Wow, just wow. So beautiful! I should expect nothing less from you! I definitely can’t wait to see this project come to fruition! BTW – happy to hear your replacement doors are on their way. I’m sure that delay has been drying you crazy. I ordered that paint sprayer you have and recommended and it should be delivered today. Here’s hoping I have as good results, too, with my projects!

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    Mark Tisdale
    September 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Loving the inspiration doors – can’t wait to see where you go from there!

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    September 12, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Love the peacocks – the perfect jewelry for your doors and I like the design you picked so much more like you.

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    Ellen Mattson
    September 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I loved watching your kitchen take shape,but now I feel there is no continuity in your designs. Gold gilt in the kitchen,modern style house with Craftsman style porch. The new barn style doors have a Moroccan feel and the peacock hardware – too schizoprenic for me!

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      Kristi Linauer
      September 12, 2014 at 9:59 am

      My porch is not going to be Craftsman style. Those drawings were simply general ideas (especially regarding the roof line), but I’m not into Craftsman style, and that was never the plan.

      I’m also confused about the “modern style house” comment. I do have some modern elements in my house (sparingly), but there’s nothing about my house that reads as “modern”. It leans very heavily traditional.

      And finally, I’ve been to Morocco. When I look at the design of those doors, “Moroccan” doesn’t even register in my mind. When I think “Moroccan”, I think of heavily tiled designs with intricate designs and carvings. Large open circles aren’t Moroccan.

      But we all have opinions, I suppose.

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        September 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

        I get so annoyed when people think that everything has to be one style and needs to be the same. I think some would say my house is “schizophrenic” but I tend to feel it is eclectic and collected…no cookie cutter interiors for me! Kristie you are fabulous and I love all your evolving thoughts and ideas! After all it’s your vision and your home…who cares if it makes someone else feel “schizo”. Keep on keeping on! 🙂

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      September 12, 2014 at 10:01 am

      “Schizophrenic” is a little harsh Ellen. Her house is going to be very “eclectic” and it’s wonderful but different strokes for different folks – right?

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      Ellen Mattson
      September 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

      wow,I sure sounded mean in my comments.I should have reread them first. It was just an observation on my part.I am completely impressed with all that you are and will continue to accomplish!

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    September 12, 2014 at 9:59 am

    This is going to be AWESOME! I’m so excited to see it all come together. You may have even inspired me to do something similar to one of my old doors and create the storm door I didn’t know I was dreaming about. Good job Kristi!

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    September 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I am looking forward to seeing the finished product, because unlike everyone else I cannot picture it.

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    September 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Wow! Never heard of that, but recognize it and think it is perfect for this. You get to have more fun with your power tools, too! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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    September 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I love the birds and the door design! Great choices all the way.

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      September 12, 2014 at 10:16 am

      BTW – I have 2 very ornate brass door pulls I bought many years ago from a door pull salesman (for $20). I bought them to use as towel rods… Never came to fruition but I still have them. Someday I’ll use them, possibly on sliding barn doors. Thanks for all of the great ideas.

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    Nicki Collins
    September 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I love fretwork but never knew it by name till now! Love your blog!

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    Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely
    September 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

    It tickles me to be able to be of help! Love the plan, and can’t wait to see it accomplished!

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    September 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

    What’s life without whimsy!! Love it all! Can’t wait to see your “touch” on it! Not cottage or French or country at all…total sophistication.

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    September 12, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I really like the idea of the fretwork (I’m learning so much vocabulary via your blog, amazing!) and I love love love the peacocks! Can’t wait to see them combined!!! And I personally think that your style (which may be called eclectic, but in a purely positive sense!) is very interesting and beautiful, so don’t let yourself get irritated by annoying comments like the one above. You know what you like and it’s very apparent that a lot of your readers love you and your ideas!!
    Have a great weekend!

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      September 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

      sorry for all the exclamation marks, your plans just made me so excited (and the stupid comment above annoyed me so much…)

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    September 12, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Ekk! The peacocks and that door design… it’s absolutely perfect! It’s so wonderfully art-deco and I think it will look so luxurious with your beautiful green kitchen. So excited for you and so excited for me because you’ve given me so many wonderful ideas for when I finally get a house. 🙂

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    Pamela Wilbanks
    September 12, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Kristi, just when I think you can’t get more awesome…you come up with something more amazing. LOVE the peacocks, as well as the choice of fretwork on the doors. I am literally hanging on every post to see what fascinating idea you will come up with next. Your house is coming together beautifully!

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    September 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I love the fretwork, it puts me in mind of your greek key tables you made and I think they would look great.

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      September 12, 2014 at 11:27 am

      ^^ That’s exactly what I thought! And those peacock pulls are absolutely perfect! 🙂

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    September 12, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I have been wanting to add fretwork to some mirrors, so I can’t wait for you to do these doors! I was going to go with mitered moldings because I couldn’t figure out how to do the curves…so I’m anxious to see how you are going to do this…what kind of wood are you going to use, how to attach; etc. Would it be too much to ask you to finish it ASAP so I can get started?? Not really, but…
    Love the direction you are going with everything!

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    Barbara H.
    September 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Oh, my skin is so much happier – it was flinching at the thought of the glass shattering. I should have known – tempered glass AND fretwork! Can’t wait. Love the pulls. Onward and upward.

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      Barbara H.
      September 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Hmmm – I don’t think I got yesterday’s post in my email. Seems like that happened another time, too. So I missed the whole new concept of much more glass but it looks pretty darn good. Good luck with it all.

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        September 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        Hmmm-me either Barbara H. My Addicted2…direct to emails have stopped for let’s see, maybe the last 3 or 4 posts. Happened once before. Happening to anybody else? Any glitches?

        However, I never forget to check out this favorite site of mine daily.

        Great plans ahead. Love the door idea!

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    September 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Love the peacocks, but with the doors being off the music room, I thought you would go with musical notes for handles and a clef in the center of the glass portions.

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    Mary Anne Looby
    September 12, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I really like the idea of the wood design on the glass. I think it will give you the privacy that you need. Will you do it on both sides of the doors? If so, will it be the same on both sides? I am trying to picture how they are oriented. Facing music room and sun room on other side, is that right? The kitchen is to the right of the doors, right? Is there a doorway from the kitchen to the music room? Is that the end of the wall with stove and junction of wall of cabinets? I should just try to find the diagram of the house again, LOL. Have fun creating the door design, Blessings.

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    Lesley Ann Sturge
    September 12, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Oh now that’s going to be awesome! Can’t wait to see them.

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    September 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Wow! Can’t wait to see door progress! Lovin this!

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    September 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I like the door pulls and think the whimsy will be awesome for your music room. Can’t wait to see your overlay.

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    September 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

    LOVE IT!!! I liked the peacock pulls better too. 🙂 I cannot WAIT to see the finished doors!! I get your emails every time you post on the blog, and facebook updates… but I still feel like checking your blog every day to make sure there’s nothing new and exciting! 😀

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    September 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Haven’t commented much lately, but I still read your blog daily. Love all the changes you are making. I can’t wait to see what you do with the clear glass.

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    September 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I also enjoy adding whimsy to every room so I appreciate Kristi’s peacock door pulls. Part of what makes Kristi’s custom work so unique is her creative process and sense of humor. She strives to give her work …not just decoration….. But a voice. Personality. And that special one-of-a kind look. I really appreciate her point of view.

    Thanks everyone for allowing me to offer this note.

    AndThanks, Kristi.

    Oh. Btw. I already have my door off the hinges between the bedroom and bath …in the guest bedroom. She’s going on rollers after I see the toot about the door framing. :-))

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    September 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Whimsy away! Put a bird on it! I LOVE them – and love them – did I say I love them! Great find Anne Marie!

    And the fretwork. You are again giving me more honeydo (or I do) ideas for the future!

    P.S. I’m working on putting together some before and after shots of our Ninja DIY Home Makeover/Get it Sold trip to Indiana … I need to put them up on my sad unused blog (or on our family webpage which kind of went dormant when we got on Facebook). Am hoping to work on that over the weekend!

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    September 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    You could frost the glass to gain privacy. I used a Gala window film–easy. Amazon was the best price I found.

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    September 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Why only two pieces of glass? Aren’t there four doors?

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      Kristi Linauer
      September 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      There will be eventually, but I still have to build a wall between the entryway and music room before I can make and install those two doors. I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, and I don’t want to have to store two large pieces of glass. I’d rather just wait and order the other two when I’m actually ready for them. 🙂

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    September 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I love them! Scott doesn’t. He says “That peacock head is going to snag on your sweatshirt pocket every time you go around that door.”

    Said they are pretty but they’d drive him crazy, lol.


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      Kristi Linauer
      September 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      I had thought about that, so it’ll be interesting to see if I actually do get snagged on them all the time, or if the doors will be out of the way enough so that that doesn’t happen. If I do start getting snagged a lot, I can always replace them with other handles and use these decoratively somewhere. Or I may love them so much that getting snagged will be a small price to pay. 😀

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    September 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    LOVE the peacocks. If they make you smile, you must have them! I have fork silverware drawer pulls that make me smile and I “unsnag” myself and keep on going. 🙂

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    September 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I love peacocks! Those pulls are so unique and the brass will pull the gold from your kitchen, yes? No? I think using some of the gold leaf sparingly on the fretwork would be ideal! So fretwork is what I have on my 1940s mahogany secretary…not removable and a PITA to clean the window…but oh so pretty! Can you somehow make yours removable so glass cleaning is a breeze?

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    September 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Have you thought about painting the edges of the fretwork a gold….then there is just a hit of gold (and obviously you would see more gold if you were looking at the doors from the side)? I love what you are doing and also really appreciate getting a visual of your thought process, and that you keep it *real*.

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    Gloria S.
    September 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Kristi, my heartfelt thanks to you for having something to make you smile! We painted my porch, trim and shutters, a great shade of yellow, and my first comment was it made me smile! Sometimes that’s all we need to keep reaching toward perfection!

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    September 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    LOVE those doors! I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets lost…looking for ideas. You seem to be very disciplined though, you still get stuff done. Awesome!

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    September 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I love peacocks and have some very pretty items on my antique vanity as well as a large one on the wall in my bedroom. As for pinterest, oh my goodness I could spend days on there with no problem. I basically planned my whole wedding from pinterest inspiration. (I just got married (a traditional Celtic hand-fasting) in June on the Summer Solstice. if you look on pinterest for Josephine and Scott’s Celtic Hand-fasting you can see it. My husband hates me spending time on the computer, he just doesn’t understand.

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    September 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    They’re going to be gorgeous!!!!

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    Darnell Baker
    September 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Perfection. I just knew that’s how it would be. You amaze me!

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    September 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Love love love your inspiration door…can’t wait to see what you come up with… how you adapt an inspiration piece to make it your own….my kind of gal!!!!

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    September 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Leave it to you to come with an idea totally out of the box. I love it. Can’t wait to see how you make the fretwork. Have you heard of a company called overlays? They make fretwork to fit IKEA furniture. You can also get custom made but that is kind of Spendy. I love the way you always flip and come up with something unexpected.

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      Kristi Linauer
      September 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      I was just looking at their website last night! I noticed that they do take custom orders. If I totally botch this, I’ll probably be giving them a call. 🙂

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    September 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I think the doors will be very pretty. I like the inspiration doors quite well. I have a number of French doors with the classic fretwork, and I have to say, you might consider cleaning the glass. I get very tired of cleaning all the little panes (although Perfect Glass is pretty good). And I only suggest this because I know you do a lot of sanding and projects that will leave dust everywhere. It might end up being a pain to clean the panes (ha). Or perhaps you could throw a sheet over them every time you are going to get things dusty. I can’t because mine are exterior doors that remain closed. They’re really going to be pretty though.

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    September 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Omg those art deco inspiration doors are just out of this world gorgeous. Wow. And yeah, a bit thinner for the overlay for interior doors and that will be just outstanding!

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    September 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Great choice on the fretwork! It seems to me that the peacock pulls go perfectly with the design — I see the barest hint of peacock feathers in those curves. Perfect accompaniments!

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    Julie at Being Home
    September 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Love the peacock pulls! I might be bias though. 😉 Okay, I am very much looking forward to how you do your own circle / ellipses for your doors. I love that style, but felt a little unsure of how to go about it in the best manner.

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    September 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Kristie: I’m so happy to hear you spent hours on Pinterest. Some days (really every day) when I’m reading your posts I’m always thinking…”Please, sit down. You’re working too hard. Take a coffee break.” You see, Kristie, you’re making the rest of us look bad. You work too hard. I feel like a slacker. Please spend more time on your computer, It makes me feel better.
    BTW it looks gorgeous and you’re a great designer. I’m so glad you’re doing it the way you want it.

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    melissa hall
    September 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I think with your green cabinets these rolling doors should be dark wood.

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    September 13, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I love this design and I’m so glad you went with the peacocks. I can’t wait to see it all come together.

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    Maggie Obst
    September 13, 2014 at 5:48 am

    After reading about your handles. I fell in love with the peacocks. You will be happy with them. And I love the fret work. When I saw that you had cutout so much of the door I thought, oh no to much glass. But with a nice panel of fretwork will certainly suit your home. Great choices!

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    September 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I just love the peacocks and that is the perfect place in the house for them. The fret work is great with the door. I have a china cabinet in the dining room that has solid doors on the bottom section and glass in the upper doors. The glass doors each have a panel of fretwork attached to them. I’ve had it for several years and have never tired of it. However, if I do, the fretwork is removable. The fretwork is held to the glass on the inside of the door with tiny specialty screw thingies, a part of which pivots from edge of door to side of fretwork to hold it in place. It has a piece at the top of the assembly that can be turned to control tightness. It’s rare that anyone ever notices the screws and it certainly makes cleaning the glass in the door much easier.
    Now, these new doors are much more Kristi-like. You rock, girl.