Almost three years ago, we started a major reno/gut job on our 1940s style bungalow. It took about eight months to complete and we moved back to our house in November 2011. I’ll do a post on the whole fun (yes, fun) process another time, but today I want to tell you about a recent change we made and two lessons I learned.
When we started our project, we had a specific budget in mind to get the interior layout and exterior 100% right. We figured we could always change some finishings, colours, and add mouldings later on. So, knowing that we had a budget, we went with bi-fold doors in a classic shaker style for most of our closets. Bi-fold doors are relatively inexpensive, open wide and come in a variety of styles to suit your home. Bi-fold doors often fall off their track if not installed properly or are used a lot by kids opening and closing and opening and closing many times a day.
So, after 20 months the bi-fold doors in our main entryway were starting to look tired. I also realized that I could use some extra storage for my hats and scarves. After a quick discussion with my husband, he agreed to make the change. Within a couple weeks, the existing bi-fold doors had been sold on Craigslist (I.love.Craigslist.) and the new fixed closet doors were installed. I found these hooks at Canadian Tire and installed one on the inside of each new door.
Have you heard the saying, “measure twice, cut once”? Well, I didn’t measure quite well enough the first time and with my drill, I put two little bumps in my new doors like this:
Aargh!! It was frustrating, but easy enough to sand them down, fill them and repaint. Lesson learned – measure twice!!
So, here is my final reveal of my closet door interior and exterior:
When I look at the before and after picture, I realized those tiny little handles didn’t do much to the appearance of the doors. Our entry way is a pretty big space and I think the new doors and handles better suit the space. In hindsight, we should have installed these types of doors instead of bi-fold originally. The cost difference isn’t that much more and it is easier than having the contractor come back to do a small job like this. I read enough home design magazines that I should have know this 🙂
What did I learn from this?
- Sometimes it makes sense to spend just a little more in the beginning to get the right product
- Measure twice
I am now seriously thinking about changing a few more of my bi-fold doors…why didn’t I do this sooner ?! Is there anything you wish you had done during your reno ? Let me know – maybe I will need to change something else!