Recycle – Reuse – Repurpose

Ready To Tear Down

Ready To Tear Down

My brother, sporting tool belt, is ready to take down the old Model T garage on our father’s property. The small building has unusual triangle-shaped windows that were boarded up long ago and a weathered white side door. We are saving all the doors to recycle for decorative purposes. The outside of the building was sided with tin panels, which Bud is also going to salvage. The support beams are 2 X 6’s that will be saved for other building projects. It is a lot of work but old buildings often contain better material than we use today.

We will load up our truck this summer and transport the doors to Wisconsin to be used in our daughter and son-in-law’s finished basement. They are finishing part of it like a rustic fishing shack. One of the doors has two old license plates nailed to the back which makes it especially charming. Vintage is “in.”


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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