Instead of finishing, say, removing the last vestiges of wallpaper from the upstairs hallway, or beginning some other project that would be a logical progression from the things I’ve already started, this weekend I began a revolution against the boring, white hollow-core interior doors that have taken over my house.
You guys, they are everywhere.
I can only assume they staged a hostile takeover when I was distracted by, you know, painting the entire exterior of the addition and residing a barn, which just goes to show that you have to have CONSTANT VIGILANCE. (Applies to both Death Eaters and cheap building materials, apparently.) But now that I’m on to them, things are going to change around here, starting with this hallway.
Actually, let’s have a little chat about what’s been going on in this 6×8 space in my house, and how I’m incapable of remembering to take pictures of it before it gets dark.
Last weekend my big plan was to paint the trim in the upstairs hallway, and, no shit, this is what happened to me… I put my lunch in the microwave for 5 minutes and told myself to grab the trim paint and brush and take it upstairs while the food was heating up. I picked up the can of paint, looked around the little hallway (right next to the microwave) and decided that since I was standing there waiting for lunch anyway, I might as well just put a quick coat of paint on the trim.
I mean… I don’t know what the hell I’m thinking sometimes, but I do know that “putting a quick coat of paint on the trim” turned into:
- 3 coats of paint on the trim
- the removal of the large awkward cabinet from the corner of hallway
- subsequent removal of wallpaper from behind cabinet
- swapping out the old light switch
- patching the holes in the walls
- fixing the new light so that no one would hit their head on it (speaking of which, good idea guys… next time I tell you I can’t do it, please tell me to shut up and give it a try because it wasn’t that hard)
- painting the walls (the same Roycroft Mist Gray that the upstairs hallway will be)
Soooo… the ADD got the best of me there, apparently. And now what is arguably the least important space in the house is now the most “finished”, which has had an oddly polarizing effect on my emotions about the hallway. On one hand, I love the clean trim and the color on the walls. On the other? I can’t effing stand the pink floor and those bifold doors that lead to the laundry room.
I’d hoped to be able to make the doorway to the laundry room a bit smaller and put in a sliding barn door there, but it just isn’t going to work given the spacing, so this weekend I did the next best thing…
Aren’t they pretty?
Okay, no, but they are solid wood, and I’ve got plans for them that include a lot of sawdust, frosted glass, and red paint. And since I hadn’t given up on the idea of having a little barn-wood in that hallway, I also bought another door…
I know it’s not a bad looking door as is (that’s because you can’t see the back) but it was actually the cheapest 30″ wood door in the store, and I had plans that included paint, some old barn wood, and spending a lot of quality time in the shop.
Here’s a sneak peek at the progress…
As I’m feeling out the style of Liberty House, I’m really loving the whole white-with-barn-wood look which is also part of my plans for the kitchen (once the wood paneling is painted and I figure out how to get some of my old barn beams affixed to the ceiling.)
I can’t wait to get this door installed but I’ve got a few more coats of paint to put on it and everything needs to be assembled before I attempt to hang it, which is going to be a… um, what’s the phrase I’m looking for? Oh, right, pain in the ass.
It will be so worth it though.
Even better? That’s not the only project I used old barn wood for this weekend, and the other one I actually finished. Yep, I’m totally going to leave you hanging on that one until tomorrow…