Open Sesame!

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 ( 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!

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Quick Bench Project

About 2 years ago, we did a major home reno. We basically took our home down to the studs and rebuilt 90% of it. It was such a great experience that I should have kept a blog during the process.

It is hard to believe, but since that big project, we still have lots of little things to do, to finish, to replace and to decorate.

One thing on our to do list was to get a bench for our newly created mud room (which I will show on a future post). Preferably a bench with storage. I scoured Craigslist (which I do on a regular basis) and found this:


(internet image since I forgot to take a picture when we bought it)

It is an Ikea Lesvik shoe bench that they no longer make! With room for 8 pairs of shoes or baskets! SCORE!!

We had plenty of leftover primer and white paint, so one afternoon my husband took over my project (was he bored?) and we got this:


I had a cushion from a previous bench that we were no longer using, so I popped it on top. I may change the fabric in the future, but for now it works.

I was so pleased with our little project. So simple, yet so effective. I am working on a couple more things and will share those later in September, when the kids are back in school and I have a little more time.

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