Today’s post may not seem like the most exciting of things to share, but when you have 5 dining room chairs in your lounge and another in the kitchen you find joy in the most simple of things, believe me (we are decorating, not trying out a new way of living FYI)!
In all of our previous homes I’ve always wanted a paint door I could paint. Quite a simple request you would think, apart from the fact we always had UPVC doors and a million other things that needed prioritising over my request for a paintable front door! It had never really bothered me, but when we moved here, back in April, the UPVC door was half glazed which made our hall feel quite exposed. We live in a village, so privacy and security isn’t really a problem, but it was still something that niggled me.
I decided to indulge with a spot of Pinterest browsing (who doesn’t) and found a few inspirational doors that I absolutely loved:
(I don’t have credit for either of those images, so contact me if you know where they came from as I’d love to link back)
As you can see, I definitely had a look in mind. Our house is an old house, which means some of our door openings are odd sizes, especially the front door which is quite wide compared to more modern houses. This actually worked in our favour, as we managed to find a brand new door on eBay from a leftover renovation project. The door came with a frame and all the fixings, so we probably saved ourselves about £300 – #bargain!
Simon fitted the door with the help of my dad (this was the 3rd one they’ve done, so pretty handy now!) which also helped us save. When the old door was removed though there was one quite scary point…
Handy tip for you – the most important thing was to make sure the frame was square, by measuring the diagonal. This means the door should then open and shut easily as the frame *should* be completely square.
After the door was fitted we had a week or so of rain (or so it felt) so for a while we had a lovely plain door – I think I snapped this in between showers…
Luckily though, the soggy weather eventually ended and we got the opportunity to paint our new front door a lovely grey colour (and also trim the bush!).
I also added a little heart to the door just yesterday, it was a £2 bargain from Homebase, and although it doesn’t feel as grand as my inspiration images I love the little country feel it adds. We still have a few changes to make, such as a new plant by the door and a new light… but it definitely makes an improvement on the big hole we had, and the UPVC door right at the beginning!