Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Doorable!


Way back in December I posted about the most obvious remaining ghettofabulous thing in my house... the doors. (Find that post {here})

Well! For once instead of just making a list of crap to do and then not ever doing it... I have for you my lovely readers... PROGRESS!

Okay so here it is. The old ugly door. Well... it fell out in the night. Truly terrible. Luckily I have a protector, he may be small but he's fierce. Just kidding. He hid under the blankets and barked from there. 



Anyway. My door! It had a hole in the front that the previous owners had simply covered with contact paper (like shelf liner) which had begun to peel because well. That's not really what it is for.
Here's the old:



I didn't think it'd be a huge deal to fix the door and for my first one I suppose it wasn't but I went ahead and a bought just a slab door instead of one that was prehung... there was definitely some damage done on this particular frame...


Yup. Totally blown out at multiple points. Perhaps why it fell? Hmm.


So I patched and filled those holes (I didn't take pictures because that is not exciting) and brought my new baby door home! I purchased it at Lowe's for $32.00 and brought it home in my Honda Civic. Oh heck yes. It fit! It is just an interior door so I was able to move it myself pretty easily.


Originally I was going to paint the doors all white but I thought "hey! I'm not going to recoup any of my costs on this when I go sell my house so why not give it some sass and character?" I'm glad I did! I'm sure it would have been easier to spray the door but I hand painted it using paint I already had, a mistint from Lowe's for $7.00 that I used on my stools and front door already. Reduce, reuse, right?


The paint I used was a Paint+Primer by Valspar so it only took two coats for full coverage. Now that the easy part was over... I had to manage to fit the dumb thing into the spot.


The previous owners were rather... well... crafty? with their improvisation and doctoring on the house. For instance instead of using solid shims that they sell mega cheap at the store, they used chunks of wainscoting from the rest of the house. #notsturdy #notconsistentthickness

Meaning essentially that when I measured the top and bottom of the frame and got 30" the middle was actually 29 3/4" which sucked. It took me many swear words and destruction of the frame (as you can see below) in order to get the entire thing one even 30" measurement. I'm still considering taking out the one side and replacing it with a more solid piece and using REAL shims. Maybe when my parents come back in the summer. Hi Dad!


I had to replace the casings, which I planned to do anyway, but when I tried to remove the old stuff it snapped into multiple pieces. So. That's great But here is the door finally hung! Looking beautiful and wonderful!


I put my door mirror back on because I have to be able to look at my outfits you know but hopefully I can get a mirror somewhere else and lose this one so you can just see the awesome door. I even replaced the handle ($10.00 at Lowe's) with a cool Oil-Rubbed Bronze look, which coordinates with the handles and chandelier in the kitchen and dining room. Plus it is actually a bedroom lock rather than a keyed entry lock like the old one.


Here's one last look at the awesome new door. How's that for detrashing the trailer?


So the total cost for this project:


  • Slab door: $32.00
  • Door knob: $10.00
  • New casing (not installed/shown): $14.00
  • New hinges (x3): $9.00
Total Cost: $65.00

One door down. Three to go.


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7 comments:

  1. Hi Meaghan, I feel your pain, working with doors and dealing with others doctoring! Hope you will check out my blog www.glassslipperrestorations.com
    Great job!
    Cindy@GlassSlipperRestorations

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  2. Hi Meaghan, you did that all by yourself? I'm impressed! Thanks for visiting me. Can't wait to see what you accomplish next.

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  3. Hi Meaghan, you did that all by yourself? I'm impressed! Thanks for visiting me. Can't wait to see what you accomplish next.

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  4. Hi Meaghan, I so admire you for tackling that on your own. You go girl! Thanks for visiting me come back and see me. I'll be looking forward to what you accomplish next.

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  5. You did a great job! I don't think I would have the courage to completely replace a door, casing and all. I would love for you to link this up to the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. Link Party. http://addicted2diy.com/2014/01/30/thursday-s-t-y-l-e-link-party-5/

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  6. I know I already told you on Instagram, but I must say it again: I LOVE IT AND IT LOOKS SO AMAZING! Seriously, I love the color and it makes your house look so much more modern. $65 well spent! Plus I'm totally impressed that you did that by yourself!

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  7. Such an awesome idea! What an improvement! Love the blue so much :) Thank you for linking up at Thursday STYLE :)

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