I have a book that I've read and enjoyed "in its day" but is really no longer useful to me. It has such a really well-made cover, spine and pages that I decided I couldn't possibly part with it -- so I'm altering it instead and giving it a second go-round in life. I remembered seeing an episode of the Carol Duvall show with a book that had a door set into the cover, so I looked up the episode and found the retailer in North Carolina who makes dollhouse miniature doors, doorknobs, mail slots etc. Exciting!
After measuring and cutting an opening in the front cover of my book to accommodate the wooden door, I antiqued the cover area with black gesso, molding paste for texture and forest green acrylic paint. I painted the door a rich, ruby red and then hot glued the door into the the opening. I cut a shallow niche in the pages just behind the door to accommodate its depth.
I'm planning to include poems and essays inside my "Other Side of the Door" book about transitions and changes, anything that relates to the openings and closings of those metaphorical doors in our lives. Jona's story (an earlier post, below) was actually the first thing I finished in the book, even before the cover was done. She inspired me.