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Saturday, May 12, 2012

A New Door? No Problem!!!

Our dining room has gone through a lot of changes in the past seven years. 
After we built a deck just off the dining room, I started to look for a door to replace the dining room window. 
I published an ad for the door on a local radio program, Tradio - a format that allows folks in our area to buy and sell things. I got a call from a man who had a door for sale and we went to check it out. We brought the door home and put it in the garage.
We took a break from big projects and did a smaller one: We shortened the dining room table; we would need the extra room a shorter table would provide, to get to the anticipated new door. We found a pedestal-style base at a yard sale, brought it home and painted it black. Then we removed the center insert of the old table and covered the old table [top] with barn wood, center. Voila! We now had a nice table - shorter, yes, but wider. 
Shortly after we got the door home and the table shortened, someone loaned us a masonry saw. That thing was HUGE! We picked a day to cut the hole in the house, and we were ready to go. 
After the window was removed, it was time to enlarge the hole to accommodate the new door. 
It was a very scary thing, watching the beautiful sandstone of this house being assaulted by a saw. I would have taken pictures but I couldn't muster the courage to watch the actual cutting!

The actual installation of the door straddled two days. 
Bright and early the second day of the installation, we removed the tarp we'd put over the hole the night before and got busy building a frame for the new door. We rallied the troops: our sons came by to lend a hand off and on throughout the day. 

By the end of that second day, we were able to start enjoying the newly-expanded view. 

The finish work would take another week - dry-walling, painting, re-installing the cornice and curtains, etc. 

In retrospect, I think it's a good thing I didn't know all the ins and outs of what this sort of project entails. I was, like, 'Hey! Let's put a door there!' It wasn't until after the thing was installed that I thought, 'This could have been a disaster!'


  1. So that is where you went on to the deck, eh? Nice one again.

  2. Yes! Then of course we had to have a tree for shade on the new deck - another story for another time, perhaps......

  3. Great idea that you turned the window into a wide door. You definitely should not miss the chance of seeing the beautiful view out there. The wider door gives your dining room enough lighting and fresh air. It’s all worth the hard work. Great job!

    **Li Ayers

  4. Thank, Li!
    Did you see the blog post about the drapes, the ones you see in these pictures? I had to lengthen those drapes, you see, and it took me @ 8 hours to do that - I added black stripes till the drapes were long enough to cover the new door.
    I mention those drapes because they are emblematic of the fact that, had I known how big this new-door project was going into it, well, let's just say I'm glad I was oblivious!!!!
    Thanks again for your thoughtful comment.

  5. PS: I think the Drapes Revisited blog entry is in April's file....