We finally checked off the rest of the remodeling "finishing" details in our family room this past week! Baseboards are installed and the dutch door is refinished. It may not seem like a huge accomplishment, but those two things have been neglected
forever for several months. With the room's "shell" now mostly done, focus can really turn to the decorating process during the rest of the ORC!
Our dutch door was transformed from this...
What a difference paint can do, right?! The door was one of the original room elements that I wanted to keep, despite its rough condition. It's real wood and very solid. I also love the idea of being able to have open air flow while maintaining some privacy simultaneously.
This door required a lot of elbow grease to give it new life. It took me about 5 hours (sanding, prepping, painting) to refinish it. That is probably longer than average, but there are A LOT of nooks and crannies on this door! Sanding and prepping took the bulk of the time, given all the beveled edges on the upper half of the door interior and exterior sides.
I also painstakingly removed some "glue-y" residue that existed where the trim joints meet, and gave the entire door a good cleaning before it was painted. I painted both sides with black exterior paint in a satin finish primer was built in.
The refinishing process actually started off with quite the mishap. The top half of the door came "flying off" when I took it off the hinges for sanding. Our antique piano, which sits adjacent to the door, just got more distressed as the door landed on it and left a huge gash. #sadface Somehow, our new wood floors escaped pretty unscathed. #relieved
While I tackled the dutch door, my hubby installed the baseboards...
We chose 4-1/4" wide boards for the entire house. I think moldings are like jewelry to an outfit. They help provide the finishing touch.
Three weeks down, three to go...with still so much left to do! Thanks again to Linda at Calling It Home for providing the motivation to pull this room together, and to all of YOU for following along!