Thursday, March 15, 2007

Do It Yourself Project #1-Closet Doors

Last August when my fiance and I moved into our first house we compiled a list of things we wanted to do to our new home. The first was to get rid of the old flooring upstairs. The second was painting. Somewhere between projects one and two we realized that we were going to have to replace our closet doors.


The previous owners of our house loved wallpaper, not that there is anything wrong with that. Unfortunately the wallpaper they used upstairs was quickly showing why late 80s style didn't last long. Along with the walls, in two of the upstairs rooms they had wallpapered over the closet doors. We figured that this was just another example of their passion for wallpaper and we planned to strip the doors prior to painting the rooms. When we did it became apparent that these doors simply had to go. The problem was that underneath this wallpaper was a dark wooden laminate that likely came with the house when it was built in 1985.



Off to Home Depot we went. When we arrived the real challenge of this project began. Our closet door openings we larger than the "stock" sizes they had at HD. OUCH, instead of $300 combined for stock doors, custom doors were going to be almost twice that.

Either I had watched too many episodes of Holmes on Homes or my frugal gene kicked in, but I left HD with the stock doors, some power tools and some trim with the intention of "Doing it Myself".

My plan was to frame in the closet door opening to stock size (the opening was about 1 1/2" too wide and 1" too tall) and hide the framing with some trim. Having only once before used a mitre saw I knew I could be in trouble, but I was up for the challenge. With very few mistakes along the way I finished my project in about a week (painting took the majority of the time) and frankly it turned out about 100X better than I expected.

Take a look for yourself:


In the end the project cost me about $475, so I saved about $75 versus buying custom. However, I now own a mitre saw ($79.99 reg $159.99) and a couple extra tools that were part of the $475.

Up next, replacing the laundry tub in the basement!

5 Comments:

At 5:11 PM, Blogger JPostal said...

Looks good man. Unfortunatley I hear that tacky wallpaper is coming back into style (if you do not believe me check out Home Depots "Dream Book"). A year from now you will be wishing you kept the old closet doors (joking of course).

Good luck with the laundry tub.

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

burberry pas cher, nike outlet, nike roshe, christian louboutin shoes, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses, polo outlet, oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, louboutin pas cher, nike air max, ugg boots, christian louboutin uk, polo ralph lauren outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, gucci handbags, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, air max, michael kors pas cher, christian louboutin outlet, uggs on sale, ugg boots, louis vuitton, christian louboutin, longchamp outlet, oakley sunglasses, prada outlet, tiffany jewelry, replica watches, ray ban sunglasses, nike free run, tory burch outlet, ray ban sunglasses, polo ralph lauren, tiffany and co, prada handbags, chanel handbags, nike air max, jordan shoes, louis vuitton, kate spade outlet, replica watches, longchamp pas cher, oakley sunglasses wholesale, jordan pas cher, longchamp outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

ray ban uk, coach purses, michael kors outlet online, true religion outlet, hogan outlet, converse pas cher, michael kors outlet online, nike tn, michael kors outlet, nike air max uk, ralph lauren uk, polo lacoste, burberry outlet, replica handbags, sac hermes, timberland pas cher, ray ban pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, nike air max, nike air force, michael kors outlet online, lululemon canada, michael kors, nike roshe run uk, michael kors, nike free uk, north face, michael kors outlet online, hollister pas cher, burberry handbags, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, nike blazer pas cher, oakley pas cher, uggs outlet, true religion jeans, guess pas cher, vans pas cher, abercrombie and fitch uk, nike air max uk, uggs outlet, true religion outlet, coach outlet, north face uk, hollister uk, true religion outlet, mulberry uk, coach outlet store online

 
At 8:30 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

mcm handbags, ray ban, ralph lauren, nike air max, nike trainers uk, north face outlet, vans, soccer jerseys, hollister, ferragamo shoes, ghd hair, nfl jerseys, iphone cases, converse, beats by dre, new balance shoes, valentino shoes, asics running shoes, north face outlet, babyliss, lululemon, jimmy choo outlet, instyler, nike huaraches, herve leger, gucci, vans outlet, oakley, nike air max, louboutin, mac cosmetics, wedding dresses, bottega veneta, giuseppe zanotti outlet, insanity workout, mont blanc pens, converse outlet, hollister, celine handbags, p90x workout, chi flat iron, nike roshe run, longchamp uk, hermes belt, hollister clothing, abercrombie and fitch, reebok outlet, soccer shoes, timberland boots, baseball bats

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

moncler, moncler, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, canada goose outlet, marc jacobs, louis vuitton, canada goose, canada goose jackets, doudoune moncler, toms shoes, pandora jewelry, canada goose, replica watches, links of london, ugg, swarovski crystal, juicy couture outlet, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, thomas sabo, wedding dresses, moncler, barbour, canada goose outlet, ugg pas cher, louis vuitton, pandora charms, moncler outlet, supra shoes, ugg uk, pandora uk, karen millen uk, hollister, canada goose outlet, swarovski, lancel, juicy couture outlet, canada goose, moncler uk, moncler, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, canada goose uk, montre pas cher, barbour uk, coach outlet, pandora jewelry, louis vuitton, moncler outlet

 

Post a Comment

<< Home