New French Door in the Living Room!
You guys!!!!!!! I can’t even tell you how excited I am for today’s post. Really, this is probably the most excited I’ve been about a post in a long time, which is really saying a lot because I always love what I share with you guys. But today is extra exciting because we just put a new french door in our living room and I absolutely LOOOOOOVE it. I’ve been wanting to make this change for a while now, so it feels amazing to finally see it happen. My parents were in town this past weekend and my sweet dad was kind enough to help us install this door, so I took a few photos along the way and I can’t wait to share it all with you guys today! Let’s start with a before photo just to remind you what this space looked like when we started:
Every time I photographed that corner with the reading nook I just felt like it was so blah. That big white door, which leads down to our basement, just wasn’t adding much pizazz to this area. It was too much white, too boxy, and there was not nearly enough texture in this corner for my liking. I’ve dreamt of putting a french door in that spot for months and it was finally time to make it happen. I bought this slab french door and we got to work!
Once we had the old door removed, the first step was trimming the new door down just slightly so it would fit in our opening. This is a 32″ door and our opening was slightly less than that, so my dad cut the width down by 1/4th inch. He also had to trim a tiny bit off the top because we discovered the door opening wasn’t perfectly square, plus the floor slopes slightly on the right side, which made it difficult for the door to fit in like it should. Sounds about right for our fixer upper, huh?! Long story short my dad worked his magic to make it fit. Next up was measuring where the hinges needed to go.
We put the door in place and used a pen to mark where all three hinges should go. Then we traced the hinge to mark exactly where we needed to mortise the hinge.
In order to do the hinge mortises on the door my dad used a sharp chisel and hammer (you can also do it with a router, but we don’t have one so we did it by hand!). He lightly tapped the chisel with the hammer around the perimeter of the mortise to remove the wood. He then used a utility knife to make a clean cut on the edges. Next he screwed the hinge to the door, making sure it was completely flush with the edge of the door.
He repeated that process for all three hinges. Then it was time to hang the door up!
The final step was screwing the hole for the door knob. This was pretty straightforward and simple because we used this handy installation kit that showed us exactly where the door knob should be.
We put the handle back in place and that was it. Badda boom badda bing. The door is done! Here’s how it looks now:
Can you even believe what a difference that door makes in this corner?!! I think it’s 1000% better and I haven’t even painted it yet. (The door also still has a clear film on all of the glass, but I won’t take that off until after I paint it.) This space has so much more character and charm now, which is exactly what I wanted!
I’m not 100% decided on how I want to paint this door. My gut instinct is telling me to go with black, but I’m kinda kicking around the idea of staining it or even doing a clear poly and keeping it this natural, rustic look. And of course I could paint it white, but that’s probably my least favorable option at this point. What do you think??
I love being able to share our projects with you guys. It really feels like I’m just chatting with friends about what we’re working on in our little fixer upper and I’m SO grateful for that. This was such a fun project and I’m just happy we were able to make it happen (thanks dad!). This has been on my wish list for a while now, so it feels amazing to see it completed. Of course I still need to paint, and remove that plastic from the glass, but I’ll get to that soon. For now I’ll just be over here doing a little new-door happy dance in my living room!
Thank you SOOO much for dropping in today. Let me know if you have any questions! xo
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