Wednesday, June 1, 2011

When one door closes.....

...another one opens. But really one door got taken off and disposed of, and another one got installed and now opens and closes beautifully!

For a wedding gift my grandmother (shown below- isn't she beautiful!) bought my husband and I a new front door.
Its a pretty awesome gift considering our old front door was funky, hollow (bad for keeping the elements outside and our central heat or air inside), and not closing very well (we had to lock it from the outside for it to actually close), and had like 3 windows very low that were not clouded so we had minimal privacy! Unfortunately I don't have a good picture of the old front door so you'll just have to imagine it, but I promise it was not pretty!

When choosing our new front door we wanted something pretty that didn't look just like everyone elses front door, but wasn't too fancy or pretentous for our older, not extraordinary, with a small entery way house. We also didn't want to break bank since it was a gift. And in case you didn't already know this, front doors are mighty expensive! Esspecially if you want a fiber glass door, which is what we got since they don't conduct heat or cold, and they don't dent or  wear easily. Plus if you have an older home (I don't know about a newer home since I don't have one...) its a pain to install, I'm very glad my grandma also included in her gift having a professional install it, because the prehung door we bought was a standard size, our our older homes door area was a not so standard size, it was a good 3 or 4 inches shorter and an inch narrower than the new door! So they had to cut a new hole and do a bunch of other tweaking to make the new door fit perfectly, look pretty, and open and close easily. Just so you get an idea of what a big project it was (since I had no clue) the installer came at 10:15 am on Monday and we had to leave for some pre made plans at 4:45 pm and he was still there working away! I think he left around 5:30pm, so this was a BIG project. So even though it was not cheap and was a lot of work, I think it made a huge improvement in the appearance of our house! Here is a picture after it was installed, we still need to touch up the paint around the trim, re paint the trim, and paint the door but you get the idea of the door we chose and how pretty it looks!

I really want to paint the door like an aubergine color- a purplish red, sort of wine colored. and the trim the same off whitish color as the rest of the trim, however my husband just wants to paint the door the same color as the trim.... So I guess we'll just have to wait and see who wins, I have a feeling that this time my husbands going to win simply because he's the one who will be doing the painting.... and I suppose he should get his way sometimes!


  1. How exciting! I love the practical gifts. My grandma gave us a headboard, bed frame and mattress.

  2. hello from WB! The door looks great! lol.

  3. Wow your grandma looks great! I think you should paint it a different color than the trim color. I think aubergine sounds great.

    I want a new front door soon. Those old hollow wood doors suck.