Friday, 7 May 2021

Doors That Make a Difference

 


The only two interior doors that are in the annexe were bi-fold doors when I bought it. 

 I can understand why the previous owner might have thought they were a good idea.  At first glance they seem space saving, but in reality they are very rickety, liable to jam on the runners which you need to keep them in place and to my mind normal doors were just going to be a much better and sturdier option.


With nearly all the walls, ceilings and woodwork going to be a nice bright white I thought a touch of wood would help warm things up and go nicely with both my new furniture and the older pieces of furniture that I have brought with me. 

I do love the look of them and any marks you see are on my camera lens not the doors 😄


Dave the handyman had a shock when he stripped the wallpaper off this wall in the bedroom ... it's dark blue ... and much darker in real life than it appears in this photo.  The annexe is so bright during the day because of the full length glass doors and windows that colours seem to fade out and not show true on photos.  I see another couple of coats of white for the painters to have to slap on.


The door to the left is the one to the bathroom and the only other interior door in my place.


Again, so much better now that it's a  proper wooden door.


And from the inside.


Oh, and look who lives in the bath ... it's Colin the Cactus who is somehow still alive and seems to be thriving.  

With all the comings and goings over the last couple of weeks I thought he would be safer in here, and  now he has a friend.  Syd the Spider also currently lives in the bathroom, although he will have to be relocated to the great outdoors (if it's warm enough) before the decorators arrive.

Thinking about it I might move Colin to Alan's house while the painters are in, I don't want him covered with white spots after all he's already been through. 🌵


Sue xx 



26 comments:

  1. Lovely new doors 😊 Are they varnished, oiled, plain? (thinking about future maintenance requirements)

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    1. At the moment they are raw wood, but our joiner recommended a type of oil he has used on this sort of door before that turned out really well and kept the true colour, so Alan got me some last time he was at the builders merchants. I've since found out it's Linseed oil, and yes after doing a test patch it's looking good.

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  2. Things are looking great! How nice to see Colin safe and well.
    xx

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  3. Yay! Go Colin. The door looks nice as well :)

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  4. I forgot about poor Colin. Glad he is doing so well. What is the name of the oil you got for your doors?

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  5. Colin is alive! He looks very healthy despite everything too.
    I adore your new doors. French doors are a much better option, I think, and what I would have chosen for myself. You can't beat proper wood internal doors either. I love your choices and the walls are looking much fresher and cleaner already.

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  6. I'm so glad you didn't show a photo of Syd *shudders*. Phobia overload! xx

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  7. Love the door, so much better than bifold.

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  8. Nice of you to consider not white spotting Colin.
    Wood is nice/warm.

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  9. Your new wood doors are beautiful. A good oil will be lovely on the wood. Natural wood is warm and gives a nice organic aesthetic. Thinking about your kitchen, have you considered creating additional storage space above all your cabinets? The space from the top of the cabinets to the ceiling could be enclosed and used to store less frequently used items. Just an idea. I saw this done in "tiny house" new builds and it seemed to work well.

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    1. I did consider this, but there is not that much height above the wall cabinets as the ceiling slopes down, so I decided I would rather pare down my belongings than keep fighting for additional storage.

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  10. The doors look great! I don't blame you for changing them. When we first bought our house all the closet doors were bi-fold and I hated them. They don't even give you full access to the closet. Mine are all history now too!

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  11. I agree with the wood against the white - all looking good so far.

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  12. Your new doors improve the overall look and feeling of your home. The bifold ones shouted 'this house is too small for normal doors'...but it wasn't true!

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  13. You are so lucky that you’ve found such a great handyman!

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    1. I know, we really are.

      Dave has beavered away for us for over a month now and gotten all the jobs done that we would previously have done ourselves. Alan's DVT and illness and now my bad back has put us both completely out of action. Without Dave the trades doing the other jobs just could not shave gotten started, or would have charged us a lot more for the prep work.

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  14. I completely agree with having new doors rather than the bifold ones. I know they take up less room when opened but, as you say, they never seem to hold up well and constantly come off the track. Your place looks so bright and airy!

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  15. Love your new doors and how wonderful to see Colin is doing so well♥ It's great you are recording all the changes and we are fortunate to see the end results:)

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  16. We put oak doors throughout the last renovation we did. When we sold it everyone remarked on the doors. Colin has done well.

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  17. Love the wood doors. Wonderful improvement.

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  18. Yay! Colin's survived!
    You are progressing well with the redo, you put us to shame! xxx

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  19. I've recently found your blog and enjoy your writing very much. Your new space is charming. I recently did a renovation and used this warm oyster white on walls and ceiling to contrast with bright white trim and wooden doors and it's been getting positive reviews: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color/color/961/seapearl?color=961. I very much look forward to your garden work. Thanks, Mary

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  20. Those wooden doors are a great improvement. YUK to the dark blue paint - one incarnation of the hall at our old home (1930s?) had a very full-on blue. Here we have a Hot Pink Bedroom to cover over. As the Last Owner left to bucket-sized containers of Magnolia paint I am going to tame it down with that before painting it a more enjoyable colour.

    Cacti put up with a lot of ignoring - glad Colin has survived!

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  21. The new doors lift the whole decor; they make the white walls even nicer too.

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