Friday, February 21, 2014

Project 1 ~ Refinishing Doors & New Trim

I showed you the beginning of this project about a month ago in it's most messy stage.
Here is the before with everything stripped down.
And here is the after. This is a view of the linen closet door on the left and the bathroom door on the right.

All six of these doorways are on a cul de sac of sorts.  My home is not large enough to have a real hallway.  This doorway is open and leads to the living room.

The doorway next to the living room leads to my bedroom.  

Next is another small bedroom which I use as my office.

Then we're back to the linen closet.  I told you it was a small area.  
While I was refinishing the doors and replacing the trim, I also refinished the wood floor in this area and replaced the floor molding.

The doors in my house are original and are about 70 years old with beautiful old hardware.  I cleaned up the knobs with steel wool to bring back the luster.

The last door is newer, or I think of it as my new door even though it is 25 years old.  It is a single French door that I put on the entryway to the upstairs.  It allows me to not heat the upstairs bedroom if no one is staying there.

Through this door are the enclosed stairs that has become my next project ~ refinishing the stairs ~ Project 2.
As you can see, they are quite a mess and will be quite a job.
The door project costs:
Floor trim ~ $15.62
Quarter round trim ~ $5.00
Door trim ~ $48.20
Light switch plate ~ $.68
Light switch ~ $2.41
Finish nails ~ $3.70
Door hinges ~ 10.12
Total ~ $85.73

It was so great to bring this project in under budget, unless I were to add the Emergency Room copay of $150 from when I accidentally slashed my wrist with a utility knife while trimming the floor molding.  But lets not count that disaster.

Now on to Project 2.
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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, the doors look amazing, but your wrist accident sounds terrible. So glad you are ok. Hugs, Marty

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful job...they look fabulous! LOVE those door knobs!

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Wow, it looks gorgeous! Amazing what a little paint and a lot of elbow grease can do. Great job!

My Garden Diaries said...

OH MY!!! They look beautiful friend!!! I mean...just amazing! And your hardware is perfectly stunning! There is nothing better than pieces that are original to the house and you have done a magnificent job of highlighting them! Well done! I can't wait to see your 2nd project! Hope your wrist healed fast!! Nicole xoxo

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

YOU GO GIRL! I have never seen a door stripped down!Wow what a makeover! Wonderful!!!! Those door knobs are gorgeous!

Stacey said...

Cindy, I like the cul de sac effect with your doors. Really it's a better use of space in a small home than a hallway. Your doors look amazing! Right off the bat I noticed those beautiful doorknobs.

Thank you for your sweet comment about my dad's old house. You would love it if you saw it in person. Like you, he has pretty wood floors, doors, and amazing old knobs. Those things give a home so much character.

The Tablescaper said...

Wow! That's a project. You did an awesome job.

Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Laurie Ritchey said...

Wow! Those turned out beautifully! Your hard work paid off, but I'm sorry about your injury. Yikes! The floors look gorgeous, and I love the hardware on the doors. I'm so glad you didn't replace it. laurie

Anonymous said...

Wow! I found this through ModMixMonday. Love the result and especially those knobs! Looks like a ton of work, but definitely worth it.

Linda@arichtapestry said...

You have done a wonderful job with the woodwork. Love the old brass door knobs and the wood floor which I would like in our UK home if I had the chance to do a makeover, but with new wooden boards. I hope your wrist is healing from that nasty accident and you have a good week.

A New England Life said...

Cindy, if I ever came to your house I just know I'd never want to leave! It's like an adorable little bungalow.
I can't believe how much time you put into those doors!!! In all my years of being an interior painter I think my mom may have stripped a door once or twice. It's a ton of work! Everything looks great. And yes, those stairs are a back/knee breaker. There about a million holes to fill, sand, prime, and then paint.

Sorry to hear about the ER : (

Poppy said...


Glad you are okay!! That sounds scary, I have to say. You are such a trooper, and a talented one, at that! Your doors look amazing and your home, although small, as you say, doesn't seem so. Maybe it's the brilliant layout. I enjoyed the peek into the different rooms.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful project.


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