Many people have asked me over the last month or so which room in my house I’m going to be working on next. I had though that I would tackle the breakfast room next, but then I decided that since I’ll just be finishing up a several-months-long, down-to-the-studs kitchen remodel, I needed to focus on something a little easier before I jump right back into a room that needs pretty extensive work, like the breakfast room does.
So I’ve decided to work on the hallway. The polystyrene ceiling tiles are already down, the 1 x 4’s that those tiles were attached to have already been removed, and the ceiling even has brand new drywall. So I was thinking that this project would be relatively simple.
As it turns out, it won’t be nearly as extensive as the kitchen (obviously), but it won’t be as simple as I had originally thought. When I told Matt my plans, he informed me that he would like the bedroom door widened. I had noticed that he had a harder time getting through the bedroom doorway, but what I didn’t realize is that it’s the narrowest door that he needs to access on a regular basis. Just by looking at it, it looks like the bedroom door (on the right) is the same width as his game room (on the left).
But the bedroom door is two inches narrower. It’s a 30-inch door, which means that even when the door is open, the actual space that he has to go through is only 28 inches wide. That’s quite narrow for him to maneuver through, which accounts for all of the scrapes in the paint at the bottom of the door.
I was a bit disappointed, not only because that’s way more work (if I replace one door, I’ll have to replace all of them since they don’t make these doors anymore, and I’ve searched ReStore many times for matching doors with no success), but also because these doors are original to the house. But, it is what it is. I’d rather make things easier for Matt than hold on to original items that make his life more difficult simply because they’re original to the house.
And really, the current doors don’t even match. The bathroom door has raised panels…
…while the bedroom doors have flat panels.
I’d definitely like all of the doors to match. Also, the bottom of the bedroom door has been cut off. I assume that happened when all of the carpet was installed so that the door would clear the carpet. See the wide gap under the bedroom door?
New doors will give everything a more uniform look. So when it comes down to it, I’m happy to replace the doors if that’s what needs to happen. And I’ll either donate these old doors to ReStore and let someone else get some use out of them, or I’ll come up with a really cool project for them. I have an idea brewing in my mind to use these to build something for my back yard. But more on that later, if it actually happens. 🙂
I’ve decided to go with black interior doors with white trim, and of course the trim will match the elegant but very simple trim that I’ve already put in the kitchen, music room, and the entryway…
And I’m pretty sure that I’ll be using these Schlage Andover door knobs with the Addison Rose decorative plate in an antique brass finish.
I’m still looking at options, but so far those are my favorites. And I think they would look stunning on black doors!
And now on to the biggest project of the hallway. I’ve also decided to build something like this where the hall closet used to be.
I don’t have a coat closet in my house, and I’ve been trying to figure out where to put one. As it turns out, this part of the hallway where the green credenza currently sits, and where the closet I tore out was, is really the most logical place for one…
I’m still very glad I tore out that closet, though. As I mentioned, it really wasn’t built correctly, and looked like a 1970’s addition. Plus, since it was a fully enclosed closet, it really made the hallway seemed cramped.
I’m hoping that by building something that’s more open, it will keep the hallway feeling big and open, while giving guests a place to hang their coats, purses, etc., while they’re here.
I could go with something that has no sides at all, or I could do something like this with the very narrow sides.
Or I could come up with my very own unique design. 🙂
I’m so excited to get started on this!! It’ll be so fun to work on something completely different from the kitchen. But first, I need to finish up the kitchen, and then spend about a week at the condo getting it ready to sell or rent. Hopefully my excitement about working on the hallway will give me the motivation I need to get the condo finished and stop dragging my feet on that.
And now, on a completely different topic, since so many of you have asked, let me introduce you to my dog, Boo.
He’s a mutt, and we’re not really sure exactly what he is. We’re pretty certain that he’s part black lab. But the other part? From his looks, and also from his personality, we’re almost certain that his other half is that of a herding dog — perhaps Australian shepherd or border collie. He just has a natural tendency to herd and protect our cats. He weighs about 70 pounds, and he’s very affectionate, easily trainable, and incredibly intelligent.
Boo literally showed up on our doorstep with his brother, Bosley, about eleven years ago when we were still living in Oregon. The neighbors down the street couldn’t keep the dogs under control, and they were always getting out of the back yard, so they asked if we wanted one of them. They warned us that Boo (whose name was Oso at the time, which means “bear” in Spanish) was out of control, wouldn’t behave, and was always getting into trouble. Turns out it was the owner’s problem, not the dog’s problem. We trained him, gave him boundaries, positive reinforcement for good behavior, etc., and he very quickly became an incredibly well-behaved dog.
Anway, his name is Boo, but we most often refer to him as Boo Bear. 🙂
And now you’ve met all of our furbies. Boo the intelligent mutt, Powder the demanding flame-point Siamese, and Peeve the mischievous calico.