Holy cow guys! It’s JUNE.
I don’t know about you, but I think this spring flew by and I’m feeling unprepared for all the things we have planned for this summer. AJ’s parents arrive in Ketchikan in less than a month and we still have SO MUCH to do before they get here. Here’s a ‘lil update on the house front:
We spent the better part of a weekend upstairs getting rooms ready for the family visit. I think I mentioned a few times that the bedrooms upstairs had no doors and the walls didn’t go all the way up to the top of the arch. That’s all fine and dandy with just AJ, the dogs, and me but with company coming to stay for 3 weeks I think we’re going to need some privacy… And some times our dogs are A-holes and bark at random things (I’m looking at you Bernie) so it would be good to have a door to close them in with us at night.
Right, on with it.
The doorways to the bedrooms were 50″ wide which is way too wide for anything but a custom door and lets face it, custom ANYTHING is out of our budget. I scoured the internet for doors, looking at big box stores first. I knew to save money we would need to find doors in Seattle and have AML ship them up to us (this is standard for almost every large thing we need.) I was unimpressed, to say the least, with everything Lowes and Home Depot had to offer so I googled “door stores Seattle” and came up with this. Frank Lumber, the door store. Well that sounds promising… And it was. For the same price as molded MDF doors at the big box I could get solid hemlock paint grade doors from good ole Frank.
We ordered 3 – 5 panel doors one each for the bedroom doors and one for the powder room. They came to us in perfect condition and although they are labeled as “paint grade” I think we could stain them and they would look beautiful. I’m not sure but I think I will end up painting them (there is already SO MUCH wood in the house.)
So… to get ready for the doors we needed to frame in the 50″ openings to have a tight fit for the 35.5″ door and frame. On the guest bedroom we needed to frame one side in 14.5″. This door is not centered on the arch due to the powder room so we chose to frame it in as close to the center as possible.
I measured twice and cut the framing pieces and AJ and I screwed them together and put it in place. I love these team work projects. We’re pretty good at working together to figure out how to do things we’ve never done before (like frame walls, hang doors, drywall…OK all house renovations.)
We made it all level then screwed it into the adjacent framing and the floor. After it was secure we hauled the door up over the railing. We should really get a picture of that some day so you all know our pain. Spiral stairs = nearly impossible to get things to the second floor. I didn’t get any pics of us actually hanging the door. We needed all our hands (and then some) to shim and level and screw the door into place but here’s a pic of me holding it in place and here it is installed.
We did the same to the room we currently sleep in and now all I do is lay around and bask in all the privacy I’ve created.