New Door Part 1

2 Nov

This post has been a long time coming.  Remember my excitement at the ordering of my Crestview Door?  Well, it came.  And it sat in its box for a while.  After some cajoling, Brett and I went to buy a new door to get started.  As a reminder, this was the door and entry we started with:


According to Brett, installing the doorlite was not as easy as one might imagine. The fit was very tight because some of the wood had bowed which made the glass difficult to pop in. Regardless, he conquered and got it installed properly. He painted the door as we had planned, with Pumpkin Patch and Walnut Bark from Behr paints. However, this was nothing compared to installing the door in the original frame.

It just didn’t fit.  After almost 50 years, it’s not insane to imagine that it might not be completely square any more.  And it wasn’t.  At all.  Brett got the door in and then the damn thing wouldn’t close.  At all.

As you can see from the photo, the issue was at the top.  There was plenty of space at the bottom.  So, being us, we decided the most efficient way to deal with this (other than forcing it in and never being able to open it again) was to plane down the top and then sand.  The difference wasn’t incredibly significant so we thought we could do it.


And we did. However, not without a little damage, which we painted over and are currently deciding to live with. Imperfection is charming, right? Right.

This was it after the installation.  I love it.  But it’s still not quite right.  The white trim looks odd with the orange.  Maeve and I got on a tear one day and fixed that too.  Wait and see the final results with painted trim, etc. tomorrow!  (Apologies for the poor photo with the bright sunlight.)


12 Responses to “New Door Part 1”

  1. Rebecca@MidcenturyModernRemodel November 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Doors ARE SUCH A PAIN. Your trials and tribulations are typical of these projects. I want to get a CrestView Door as well but fear these issues as we have the original door jamb. I love your paint color. I am contemplating Chartreuse, though.

    • November 5, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      The Crestview wasn’t the issue as much as the door itself. And yes, they are a TOTAL pain. But I would do it again in a minute. And Chartreuse is such a great mid-century color. Just never would have worked with our brick. Good luck and send photos!

  2. Trish November 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Love it! The color is perfect with the bricks!

  3. chatalee November 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Oh the sunshine! I can’t wait to see the rest. I love these stories of you working with your family to make your home and your life wonderful.

  4. Recreate and decorate November 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    I like it with the white trim!

  5. dena November 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    hanging doors is the worst project. we’ve (well, technically i don’t do much) have repainted, replaced, and/or rehung every door in the house. nothing is square. at some point you’re just happy if it mostly closes. good job!

  6. Dana@Mid2Mod November 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I love Crestview doors, and that’s a great style. The Pumpkin Patch looks amazing. I can’t wait to see the new trim.

  7. Chris November 2, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Love it!

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