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Some little changes can make a big difference! The first home improvement project my husband and I have decided to take on is updating the doors in our home.
Technically, our first door renovation was completed our first summer here. The door to our patio was a sliding glass door that we didn’t like, but we were putting off getting it replaced since it was expensive. That decision was made for us when my husband’s younger brother ran through the door to jump in the pool (he of course did not realize the door was closed.) What turned into a very scary 4th of July party led us to getting a new door ASAP. Thankfully his brother was OK, and a few days later we had new French doors installed which look a million times better, and are safer too.
This door renovation inspired me to have all of our interior doors replaced. Our home was built in the 70’s, and it looks like the doors are just as old, just plain white boards. We wanted to switch to the new panel style doors that are in style right now, and what a huge difference it has made!
Our old doors, for reference:
It really helps that my husband has the skills to do a lot of things on his own. While we did have to buy the doors and a few new tools to complete the project, I’m sure we spent less than we would have hiring someone to install the doors for us. Here’s a breakdown of what we have spent so far:
One 24 x 80 inch door: $29
Two 32 x 80 inch doors: $68
New door hinges: $22.98
New paint: $23.98
Fancy paint brush: $8.98
Three fancy door handles: $104.91
We have probably also spent close to $150 on tools such as a specific saw and belt sander that my husband needed to trim the doors down–I swear these doors were just an eighth of an inch too big! At least these are tools we can re-use many times and won’t have to buy again to replace the doors in the rest of the house.
While yes, we could have saved quite a bit of money by re-using or using less expensive door handles, we believe that the quality we choose in the little things will help us to enjoy the home more while we’re here, and make it easier to sell when we are ready to list the house.
Here is the basic process we followed to replace the doors:
1.) Measure the current doors to see what size to buy.
2.) Head to the local hardware store and pick up some new doors. We purchased ones that were ready to be painted and already had the door handle hole (probably not the technical term) cut out.
3.) Paint the new doors if necessary. We used a semi-gloss white paint, two coats.
4.) Remove the old doors and hinges, if you’re replacing those.
5.) Hang the new doors. You may have to recess the hinges to make them fit, simply watch a Youtube video (my husband got it figured out in a few minutes.)
6.) Add the door handles and voila–you’re done!
Let me just say, Youtube is a life-saver. If you’ve never replaced doors before, I highly recommend going on there and watching a few videos before you start your project. It’s amazing how much we can do ourselves without having to hire help!
Our next project is to add crown molding, which is another thing my husband feels confident he can do himself. With new doors and trim, the house will feel like a new construction with the charm of an older home–the perfect combination to me!
What renovations are you tackling in your home? Have you ever replaced your doors before? Share your experience with us below!