Foot in the door

Not very welcoming, is it?

Filthy kids and muddy, wet dogs push against, paw at and kick open my back door. It’s used, abused and looking pretty lousy. The challenge isn’t the cost of a new door — it’s keeping the minions away from the revitalized entrance. Which is why my revitalization project is a cheap $25. I’m not handing over big bucks for a fancy door until they’re grown, gone and lamenting the state of their own doors.

Is it strange to look forward to grandmother-hood in the midst of motherhood?

Anyway …

New hardware.

First I scrubbed the door and allowed it to dry. Then a grabbed a half-empty can of exterior paint from the basement and gave that sorry door a makeover. That part was free, essentially.

What will really give an outdated door new life is hardware. Don’t be intimidated … it’s just a couple of screws and some wiggle room. Oh, and don’t shut the door before you put the knobs on. You’ll spend 10 minutes trying to figure out how to manipulate the latch workings to get the door open. Yes, I’m fully aware of my own stupidity.

Really, though, installing a new door knob/latch isn’t really that difficult. Except that I couldn’t get the knob to fit in all the way. (A timely call from a brother who promises to offer his assistance if he can drop off the kids while he bales hay may save the day.)

Turns out I needed to remove that little plate on the edge of the door and position it just a bit higher. With a little push on my part, the pieces fit together and the door was read for action.

Aaahhh. So much better!

Here’s the thing about painting doors … you don’t need that expensive painters tape. Trust me. Just paint along the edges like normal — don’t worry if you get paint on the glass. Really.

When it’s dry, use a putty knife or razor blade and scrape around the edges. The paint comes off the glass right quick.

You could use the tape, of course. It’s probably the recommended method of professional painters — but I was in a hurry and lining up the tape along all those edges takes me forever. I’d rather expend a little elbow grease (it’s free!). Removing paint from glass with a blade is quick, slick and easy.

Now all I need is to wash the windows and hang a colorful autumn wreath. Oh, and a door man would also be nice. He can open and close it for people who forget that all it takes is a turn of the (new) knob.

I’m in a “for the love of a house” mood. I’m cleaning, organizing and sprucing up. Anybody else working on big or little house projects?

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    Robyn October 12, 2011 (7:42 am)

    I need to do a fall cleaning. I am not a fan of clutter and feel I need to sort and donate the extra “stuff.”

    There was a Community Auction in town last Sunday. Hubby went to socialize, I stayed home. I knew there would be dishes and cool house stuff to buy and add to my collection. Hubby confirmed that I would have had a nice selection to look at.

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    Mary Poppins October 12, 2011 (8:16 am)

    The top half of the kitchen is painted. The bottom half is drywall waiting for wood paneling….for two years (Maybe THIS winter….)

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    Nanny October 12, 2011 (10:46 pm)

    Looking really nice! unscratched and clean!!!!!!!!!!!

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