Home Improvement

Closet doors! (and other things…)

My life feels all sorts of crazy right now. I’ve been playing on a co-ed softball team that started in early April and taking an interior decorating class that started in May. Between my evening obligations, work and the holidays in between (birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s Day, weddings), I feel like I have lost all free time! That is hardly the case, but losing two evenings a week has made me surprisingly less productive. Instead of wanting to get things done in my free time, I want to relax… which is why our door project took from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day to complete!

Even though it took a little (OK, a lot) longer than it should have, I am still so happy we did it. And I am so glad it is finished! French doors versus sliding doors = biggest life improvement EVER.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

FinishedDoors

The doors were a pain to install. The hubby had many choice words during the process. MANY. We learned that we are not professional door hangers, nor do we really enjoy hanging doors. Unfortunately for him, we have another set of doors we need to hang… and I’d also like to replace all of our doors in our upstairs hallway eventually (they are plain, hollow boards with no design in them — boring!). We’ll see if he tries to veto that project haha.

We had to cut the doors down to size, re-glue in the bottoms, cut some more, hang, re-hang, move the hinges when the screws became too loose in the original holes… paint, re-hang, put on handles, put on a magnetic door latch…. yeah. Tedious stuff, folks.

Still, I am pleased as can be that they are finished and there are no more 1980s gold doors in my house anymore. The only remaining mirrored slider will live on in our bedroom, mainly because it’s the only full length mirror we have now. Plus, we probably don’t have enough room for French doors. Hopefully the hubby counts that as a win for himself.

Aside from the door project, I’ve been busy working on a bunch of other things. I’ll be sharing some fun tips from my interior decorating class after it ends this evening. We’ve made some furniture changes in our living room (finallyyyyy). Plus, I’ve been working on a fun graphic design project and have some exciting news in that realm.

Oh, and I made some jam from mulberries I didn’t know I had growing in my yard until last week! And it is delicious!!!! I’ll share that recipe later, too.

Enjoy your weeks!

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Holiday, Home Improvement

Happy Mother’s Day — and the start of a new project!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! My Mother’s Day was fantastic — I got to see all three of my moms and hopefully made each of their days special. Oddly enough, you will see no photos of my moms in this post because during the time I got to spend with them yesterday I completely forgot to take pictures! Oops.

We started out our morning in Annapolis with my mom (who did remember to take pictures, phew!). It was a beautiful day for brunch on the Chesapeake Bay and we had a wonderful time.

It was also a beautiful day for a duck selfie. Sorry ladies. This goofball is taken 🙂

Duck Selfie

After brunch, the hubby and started on our new project: replacing our outdated brass closet doors in our living room. You might think it is odd that we chose to replace these doors in the five hours between brunch and when our guests would arrive for dinner. Well, we actually started this project on Saturday. … or, I started the project. I wanted to move our more modern (if you can call them that) sliding mirror doors from our guest bedroom to our living room to replace the brass doors from the ’80s.

The only picture I could find of the doors is here, from when I was painting the living room gray. It’s crazy how much in this one photo has changed! (The TV lived in that spot for maybe 2 weeks, we have a new front door, curtains, paint. That’s a lot for the front area of the house…)
Brass Doors

Anyway, you can probably see where this is going. The brass doors were a bitch huge pain to remove and we ended up breaking the mirrors in both during the process. There was no turning back, which ended up being unfortunate because the replacement doors didn’t fit… which of course we learned after I spent 20 minutes hacksawing the frame down so it would fit in the opening. Grrrrr. Oh well!

Hacksaw

So we took everything to the dump and planned on putting up new doors in between our Sunday engagements.

Here’s how the closet looks without the doors. Honestly, it looks way better without than it did with haha. You can see at the foot of the closet the strip of missing carpet and our hardwoods underneath! Someday I would love to rip up the carpet and refinish the floors 🙂 Call me a dreamer because it will probably never happen.

NO DOORS

We want our doors to eventually look like the closet in our office:

Closet Doors Painted

We got the doors hung up, but there is currently no hardware, no paint, no reinforcing the bottom of the doors from the parts we cut off…. we have a little bit more to do! But I’ll save that for later.

Brian’s mom and my step mom came over for dinner as we wrapped up our door project. Thankfully I spent the majority of Saturday cleaning the house, setting up for dinner and prepping food because it was all ready to go when they arrived.

Check out my fancy table 🙂

Place Setting

I got to use my pretty teal napkins for the fist time and a lot of our wedding stemware! So fun. I even set up a “gift station” because I had to move our table from our dining room into our living room so the eight of us could eat comfortably. This chair and table were the only things in our dining room haha. Temporary solution!

Rem and the presents

Even though there are no moms pictured in this post, we had a wonderful day celebrating with our three leading ladies. Brian and I are fortunate to have been raised by wonderful women.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Home Improvement, Paint

Closet Doors

My hubby and my neighbor are amazing and surprised me by installing new closet doors in our office while my best friend and I were visiting my sister last weekend. Our house is all sorts of crooked, so they only installed one of the two doors while I was away because they wanted my opinion on how to solve the issue. I was so surprised by the one door — it was like Christmas.

Yes, a closet door was like Christmas! You see, we took down the bifold doors in our office months ago. Gosh, it might have even been close to a year ago. Then a few months ago we bought new closet doors to replace them. Except instead of bifolds, which I hate hate hate, they are now french doors. Saweeeet. BUT, we didn’t have the appropriate tools to hang them.

Here’s what the doors looked like when we moved in:

Office Before

 

They were crooked on the tracks and were such a pain to open. We eventually got rid of them because on of the doors broke at the bottom and we couldn’t use it anymore.

Anywho, after asking me how I wanted to even out the doors to accommodate the crooked opening, the boys got back to it and quickly (or at least I thought so) finished hanging the doors. I would give you details on how they did it, but I was putting away massive loads of laundry and for once was happy to stay out of the way. Let’s just say there seemed to be lots of cuts made with a circular saw.

Closet Doors unfinished

Can I just say that my neighbor is awesome!?! He brought his tools over and helped Brian with the install — twice! And once was at 8 a.m. And it wasn’t even his closet. That is a good friend!

And can I also just say that I love my man to pieces. He knew the unfinished closet was slowly (OK, maybe not that slowly) driving me mad. And he finished it to surprise me. AND my man decided that he doesn’t like knobs on his closet doors (who knew) so he opted for some large handles and it looks bangin’ good! I am doubly impressed.

Once the doors were up it was my turn to do some work on the closet, so I got to painting. We used Cascade White paint by Behr, which is the same white we used to paint the lower half of the office.

Closet Doors Painted

I love the french doors on the closet and eventually want to do this to all of our sliding closet doors as well. We’ll see if I get my way on that one.

They really do look so much better than the bifolds (and my Harry Potter collection looks nice, too!) and I am so thankful to have so many wonderful men in my life to help me out with projects like this.

Chad, you’re awesome. Brian, I love you. (And Benfer, thanks for supervising!)

Happy Monday! May your day be as great as mine was when I saw the first closet door hung up 🙂