Megan’s been under the weather this whole weekend, so we’ve been under a bit of a self imposed house arrest. To me, this screams of an opportunity to finish a project. There has been one project that has been so close to completion for a weeks now.

Door Painting Process Collage

With the hanging of our bedroom door, all of the main level interior doors have been replaced. This project has not been without its road blocks, and could use some touch ups and adjustments to really be considered complete. That being said, all of the doors we purchased months ago have been hung and that feels pretty good.

Bedroom Door Before and After

When we moved in, all 7 main floor doors were stained plywood lauan doors. Even the closets. Some had been painted white off white light dirt beige. In the case of the bathroom closet door we just took it down and never replaced it. It was totally unnecessary.

Bedroom Design Bi Fold and Six Panel

Big heavy doors for small dark closets have never really made sense to me. That’s why we replaced all of our closet doors with bi-folds. In our “space is a precious commodity” house they take up less space when open and are a little more subtle. You’ve already seen them installed in the office, but we also installed one in our bedroom.

Megan With Bi Fold Closet Door

That’s a satisfied customer. Overall I think the white six panel doors really change the character of the bedroom and provide some nice contrast. They also make the room feel a lot brighter when they are closed. I also added an LED light in the bedroom closet to make it easier to see.

Duracell LED Light Hung in Closet

Megan picked that one out. It’s a nice touch that makes the door less plain.

Glass Door Knob on Bi Fold

Not only did we replace all of the bedroom doors, we replaced the door to the basement. As it turned out the floor was not level and despite ordering a door that “fit” I had to shave and sand the bottom corner down.

Old Basement Lauan Door

That’s what it looked like before. Painted a horrible off white high gloss. Unfortunately the whole mud room that this doorway is in is painted with that thick glossy stuff. That’s a serious project for another day.

New Basement Door with Latch

That room is a little nonsensical, but at least our bedroom makes sense. Someday in the near future, maybe after we rip up the carpet and get the floors refinished, we can touch up all the door frames and trim. After replacing the doors, we’ve been left with stuff like this.

Chipped Door Frame

All in all it is a huge relief to have finished hanging the doors. We decided to just replace the doors themselves rather than the entire frame. We were trying to save ourselves trouble, and at times it was frustrating and almost counter productive. We did avoid having to do any demo, which was the goal in the first place. As fun as smashing stuff is, this isn’t really the time or place. Instead we can enjoy the new doors and head back outdoors to enjoy the summer.

Bedroom Style TV Dresser Six Panel Door


More Door Stories!

I know, just what you wanted…more boring stories about our interior doors. Unfortunately, this is the extent of our home renovations at the moment. Replacing all of the interior doors is a really long and drawn out process.

First you have to paint one side, wait for it to dry, then paint the other. Then you have to cut the door knob, chisel the hinges and hang the thing. It doesn’t seem like much, but it took us 1 full day to hang 1 full door (as you read in our 2-part door saga last week).

Office Before

That’s our office the way its been for a few weeks now. As Megan mentioned in our first post about the doors, we ordered the bathroom door and 2 bi-fold doors for our office closets. The bathroom door arrived first, so we tackled that right away. Last week, the bi-fold doors came in. Between work and our busy schedules, this become a week-long process. I painted the doors during the week; one side one night, the other side the next night, followed by the sides of the doors (the side you’ll see when the doors fold in) on a 3rd night. The key is allowing enough time to dry between sides, so you really do need to take your time. We rushed the bathroom door and did it in one day. We ended up having to repaint a few spots after it was hung.

Painting Bi Fold Door

Once the painting was done, we could get right to hanging. Unlike the regular doors, the bi-fold doors didn’t require a door knob installation, so that was a bonus. They did, however require us to install a track for them to run on.

Bi Fold Track Installation

The track is a fairly easy concept to grasp, and I enjoyed how quickly the doors went up. The track system is fairly simple and combines a track installed above the door, and a bracket on floor screwed into the jamb.

Once the doors were hung, they needed some adjustment. Then as soon as they closed properly and we’d stepped back we noticed there was a lot of extra space above the door. Also, the exposed hardware doesn’t look great. I cut some of the 1/2″ wood I’d used above the bathroom door, and painted it white. It fit like a charm!

Bi-fold Door Shim

That’s it. For now! The office has come a long way but that concludes this segment of our door project. This is certainly not the last. I have a feeling the segments will get more boring as the project rolls along, but who knows. I couldn’t have predicted half the stuff that has happened with us and this house thus far.

Office Before & After

Doorbusters, Pt 2

When we last posted about our “doorbusting” project, the bathroom door was painted and had its knob installed. Next we needed to prep the door frame to install the hinges on the door.

Removing Old Hinges

As you can see, the old hinges were rusty and looked as if they were installed when the house was built. On top of that when we went to replace them we couldn’t find an exact match. Instead we went with something a little more basic.

Wood Door Hinge Chisel Marker

OK, so that’s not our photo. I stole it from Irwin’s website. With a chisel and the stensil attached, the cutout for the hinge can be chipped away easily. And it was easy. And fun. There is some weird satisfaction that I got from chiseling, and it only got more enjoyable as the project went on. More on that later.

Chisel Door for Hinges

OK, so you’ll probably notice a few things right away when looking at that photo. First, yes, that is a Toy Story blanket that we’re using to cover the floor. Second, yes, the hinge is a little smaller than the cut out. They didn’t exactly match the stencil, but then again nothing ever seems to exactly match with us and this house.

Door Hanging

That’s the door being hung. We ordered a custom cut from Lowe’s, and as it turns out, it fits. Not perfect, and not without some adjustments, but it does in fact fit into our door frame. Woo hoo!

Door Shim

The door is about a half inch too short and we had some major light leakage coming through the top of the doorway. I cut this half inch piece of wood down to size and shoved it up there. Worked like a charm. It needs to be painted and the trim needs to be painted and adjusted, but that’s a project for another day. The trim was installed when the bathroom was redone and we’ve been waiting for some time to do a major trim overhaul of the whole house. So stay tuned for that.

Chisel Door Frame

So with the door in place, and the two of us about to celebrate, we noticed the door wasn’t quite shutting properly. The problem seemed to be caused by the hinge cutout on the door frame. Underneath the old hinges was a layer of paint, and then a layer of stain and then the wood. This all needed to be chiseled about to make room for our evidently larger hinge. Then the door closed. Better, but not perfect. I chiseled away a little bit of the frame at the bottom and at the top around the hinge cutouts.

No biggie, just a lot of chiseling. I was a little intimidated by the idea of hanging a door at first, but its really not all that complicated. The most important things are your measurements. Measure everything a million times if you need to, and measure before you cut anything. It saves the headaches. Our new bi-fold doors for the office are in, so watch out for that coming soon. And then our bedroom doors after that. And then the basement door. And then who knows?! The doorbusting never ends! Stay tuned for it.