Our (final) front door… the interior

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Dear DIY Diary,

I am writing this post in anticipation of the Home Depot Installers finally installing our new front door (again) today.   Do you remember when they installed the wrong door??   The door with the door swing in the wrong direction??


It’s been 6 weeks since that debacle and the day has finally come.  The new door arrives in a few hours…. and I’m a little nervous.   I hope that everything is right this time and that the installation goes smoothly (fingers crossed, knock on wood!).   Oh yeah, and that the installers show up on time as opposed to 4.5 hours late like last time.


Punctuality would be sweet.   I’ve already prepped our foyer by moving out our furniture and area rug and the awesome door hardware that we purchased is sitting nearby just raring to go.  It’s noon now.  They’re scheduled to show up at 3 pm.   We’ll see how it goes.   Wish us luck!



Dear DIY Diary,

It’s 2:37 pm.   Joey texted to tell me that they called and are on their way.  EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!



‘Sup, Diary…

4 pm.   Just got word.  They’ve arrived.  Finally.  I suppose an hour late is an 80% improvement from last time, though.  :/



It’s 7pm and the new door is in.  And it’s awesome. It’s amazing to know that I can finally paint it and make it our own.

This is Christina, signing out


So, yeah.   Door is in and after a bit of elbow grease, the interior is now a crisp, shiny white.  After it was first installed, it looked like this…

First off, THIS is the way the door was meant to be.   Having the door-swing in the correct orientation is like a breath of fresh air.   It just fits.  It makes the flow of the foyer the way it’s supposed to be.   Heck, yeah.

As for the painting process… Because the outer trim was raw wood, I decided to prime it first with shellac primer to prevent any of the wood’s oils from soaking through my finish (I like the Zinsser 1-2-3).  Here’s the door after priming the trim…

Already looking better, right?

I waited the 45 minutes recommended on the primer can, then painted the door and door frame with a foam roller and brush.  My poison paint of choice was Sherwin Williams Proclassic paint in extra white semigloss (the same paint that I used on the built-ins and wet-bar).   During the process, I asked Joey if he would take a few “action” pics of me painting.  I always like to see my favorite bloggers in action, so I thought I’d follow suit.   He obliged and snapped away as I continued to paint.  So, there I was, minding my own business, thinking that he was getting some good action shots.   And then I uploaded my pics to my computer only to discover that…


…Men. Cannot be. Trusted.

(Okay, so I sort of laughed in defeat as I made this discovery,  And then added a tasteful “censored” sign, because why not.  But, seriously Joey… NOT relevant to the project!) 😉

Among the other non-relevant shots, he did get this one…


No, I did not do my hair.  Unless you count “frosting” it with paint.   Which happens EVERY.TIME.

Once I was done, the door looked like this…

Don’t you just wanna reach into the photo and softly pet that smooth, glossy surface?  Oh, yeah.

And yes, I typed those last statements in the voice of Barry White.

Seriously, though.  The Proclassic paint just leveled right out and created a nice smooth finish.  I’d marry this paint if I wasn’t already taken.

So, enough suspense already…. ya wanna see the foyer all put back together???



I love you, door.

And our foyer loves you, too.   You make it look GOOOOOD.

As for the hardware, we chose a more modern door handle to suit our new door (the outside of which you’ll see in my exterior door post)…

And I couldn’t heart it more.

A little before and after goodness…

I am so absolutely over-the-moon crazy about this door.  The entire doorway fits the house so much better stylistically.   Like it was meant to be here originally.  Which is exactly what I was going for.   In the end, I really couldn’t be happier.

Next, I’ll give you a little exterior door post.  And I’ll tell ya… exterior door painting is giving me a run for my money. I’ve got quite the what-not-to-do-post in the making, so stay tuned.

TDC Before and After

A sad story about a sad door

So, uhhhh, we’re getting a new front door.

I know, I know… but we JUST painted our front door, right??!

Well, allow me to explain…

Ya see, when we moved in we realized right away that the front door was a little… wrong.   See this gap above the door??


That sucker took THREE layers of the largest weather stripping I could find to seal it up to where I couldn’t see daylight.   Not only was it a huge gap vertically (as you can see in the picture), there was also quite a bit of space horizontally as the door came nowhere near the upper jamb.   As I applied the weather-stripping, I got a much more personal look at the door…  It was clearly not original.  It actually had “Feb 2004” stamped onto the top.  The door frame and sidelights were original to the home, but the door had been replaced.  And it was the cheapest, most generic front door ever.  Plus, instead of replacing the entire doorway as they should’ve (or hiring a pro to install the actual door), someone had haphazardly retro-fitted this cheapo door into the frame.  And had done SUPER crummy job of fitting it properly.   Hence, the wonkiness.

At the time of the weather-stripping, we simply decided to shrug and move on.   We figured we’d just weather-strip it, paint it, and make do until we had it replaced (hopefully) a few years down the line.   I mean, we had so many other things to think of first.

Then, came November.  Joey went out of town.   And I went out front to get the mail.   When I came back inside and attempted to close the front door, it wouldn’t shut.  Why, you ask??  Well…


The screws had literally FALLEN OUT of the bottom hinge and were just sitting in the holes all crazy-like.  Turns out, the wood on the door frame had become all warped and weak, thus, would no longer hold the screws in their current location.  So, I carefully removed the screws, shut the door, and hoped for the best.

The next day, my dad came over and not realizing that our door was dying, walked in through the front door.  And when he went to close the storm door behind him, well….


The handle broke off in his hand.  He sheepishly handed the sad remains to me and stated “Um, you might need this.”.  I couldn’t help but laugh.  Of COURSE this stuff would happen when Joey was out of town.  Of COURSE it would.  Luckily, the front door would still close, as would the storm door as there was still a small tab of metal with which to operate the handle.

For a while, we just used the front door as it was.  I mean, it was working right??  That third hinge must just be a precaution, right??


One evening while Joey was at work, I came home, grabbed a package off the front porch and went to close the door.  But it wouldn’t close.   I guess the stress of only having two hinges was just too much for it and the door went completely crooked in the door frame.  Try as I might, my meager five foot frame was unable to right the door to its correct position.  Since Joey was at work, I called my dad.   He came by and re-screwed the door back into the frame.  Good as new.

So, at this point, I figured, “Hey!  He fixed it!  We can make do for a while longer!!  YAY!!”  So, I happily grabbed my brush and painted the front door.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to denial at its finest.

This denial was short-lived, however.  Shortly after painting the door, it happened again.  The door went offline, so to speak.  And AGAIN, I couldn’t get it closed.

And that was when Joey stopped listening to me and my ridiculous “We can make do!” claims as they were becoming reminiscent of an “I can stop whenever I want to” type of denial.   He put his foot down and stated that he didn’t want to have to worry about the house not being secure when I was alone with Lucas.  WE NEED A NEW FRONT DOOR.  And I agreed.  He was right.  Totally right.  We needed a front door that closed whenever we wanted it to.   Novel idea, right?

So, we got a few estimates.  In the end, we went with Home Depot.  Their labor was the cheapest and they had a 15% off sale for entry doors at the time.  The door we ordered is from a new line by Feather River.  In fact, it’s so new that they don’t even have actual pictures of it online.

Here’s a shot of it from the brochure…


We chose a simple, mid-century inspired door with four square windows and full length sidelights (we’re just getting a single door, not a double as shown in the picture).  We didn’t have the option for clear glass, so we chose the “hammered” version after visiting a few stores to see the glass in person.  I found a DoorWays app via another company called ThermaTru that carries a door almost identical to the one we purchased, so to give you a better idea of what it’ll look like, I did a few mock-ups…



I feel like the style of the door is going to go swimmingly with the funky 70’s vibe that our house has going on.  I just.can’t.wait!

The app didn’t give me the option to change the door’s color, so picture the door pictured above in the same Black Bean color I painted our old door (A nice, charcoal grey with green undertones).  The new door’ll come unpainted (with white primer) since the company wanted to charge us an additional $1068 for paint (!!!). So, yeah.  I’ll be painting it myself.  Hopefully, our new door will be installed in about a month’s time (fingers crossed).  Until then, I’ll be keeping both the front and storm doors locked, security system on, and instructing all visitors to text me upon arrival so I can let them in the garage.   So very, very sad.

So, anyways, that’s the story of our soon-to-be new door!  Wish us luck!!  🙂

Have you guys ever been in “replacement denial”?? What was the final straw that changed your mind??

TDC Before and After