It’s been a busy couple days around my house, so I thought I’d give you a little update as to what’s going on. As you know, my house is almost 100 years old. – It was built in 1917. And as much as I adore this house, owning an older house comes with a slew of weird issues.
front door before
My house has five exterior doors. All of the doors, from what I can tell are original to the house. So, after 90+ years of hard work, I decided to replace three of the five doors – the front door, the back door, and the basement door.
back door before
As much as it pained me to remove the original doors, it was necessary. Not only were they very drafty in the winter, but the surfaces of the doors were in bad shape with peeling paint. Plus they didn’t function well anymore. I’m sure you can see a few of the cosmetic issues in some of the before shots.
Even though I love a good DIY, I ultimately decided to leave this project to the professionals. As with many older houses, all of the doors were very odd in size. So even taking measurements and planning for molding, etc was a bit of a project. Plus, removing the old doors (based on the multiple saws used and days of loud noises) was quite an undertaking.
Despite all of that, the project is finished (well, almost), and I’m going crazy for my new doors.
Let’s start at the front. I went from a mostly windowless front door, to a door with one big window. (You can see what the front door used to look like here. I forgot to take a picture.) This area of my house used to very dark and that always drove me bananas. Now, it’s flooded with light.
Oh, and the reason I said that the doors are almost complete is that both the front door and the back door are getting storm doors. They just haven’t arrived yet. I am so excited about this because I’ve never been able to leave my doors open during the summer.
Now that the front door is in, I’m going to give this entryway an updated look and function. I need a light of some sort, a coat rack or hooks, and definitely a fresh coat of paint.
The back door looks almost identical to the old door, especially from the inside. This is the door I use most often when coming and going.
I’m also currently on the hunt for a new light fixture for above this door and a sconce for next to the basement door.
Speaking of the basement, this is the door that was in the worst shape Like, embarrassingly bad shape. I also should mention that at some point this spring or summer, I’m hoping to get the rest of the wood trim on the house scraped and painted white. When all of that is finished, things will be looking really nice.
back door before
Here is the basement door from the inside. It’s off my hallway with the gallery wall. I’ve actually never showed you this space on IBC before because it’s pretty tragic. However, now that the new door is in place, this area is also begging for a a fresh coat of paint, a new light fixture, and some cute accessories.
You’ll also notice I went from cherry red doors to white doors. As much as I loved my red doors, I’m so happy I went with white. It gives the whole house such a fresh and clean look. Plus, these doors can be painted. So if I decide to add some color down the road, that’s totally an option. I also opted for fiberglass doors instead of wood. I was initially worried that they wouldn’t be fitting with the style of the home. However, they fit in perfectly. Plus the added durability and cost savings is a huge plus.
I’m so pleased to have this project checked off my home improvement list. It’s amazing how one little (or not-so-little) change can make such a big difference. Now all I need is a super cute front door wreath and I’ll be set.
What big improvements are you dying to check off your list?