Today’s post is literally gonna blow your mind. Seriously. Prepare yourself to completely lose it.
Magnetic door stop.
I know. Your brain is melting inside your head right now. It’s a gooey ooze coming out the ears. (too far?)
The revolution has arrived people. And it changed my life.
Well…not as much mine as Jeremy’s. See we are the kinda couple that fights over the DUMBEST things. One time when we were dating, we broke up because we fought over the phrase “borrowing shampoo”. I said that technically you can’t borrow it because you can’t give it back. He said it was just a phrase. IT’S NOT A PHRASE PEOPLE. BORROW HAS A DIFFERENT DEFINITION THAN HAVE! You can sense my intensity about this situation right?! I need like a whole bottle of chill pills.
Well, the door to the laundry room is such a situation. He likes the door closed. I like the door open but only if I am caught up on laundry. And the door is on rollers….it sides with me 🙂 We have fought about the door position endlessly.
The weight of the door and the ever-so-slight angle makes the entire thing stay open all the time.
Jeremy has used everything under the moon to wedge it closed. He even put a giant basket behind it so that the kids couldn’t move it and then I just ignored laundry for a week because it was too heavy to scooch outta the way. Laundry must not be ignored for a week. It was terrifying upon reentry.
That is when I discovered the magnetic door stop. I figured this genius little contraption would enable the door to stay closed sometimes (making Jeremy happy) and for the most part, I wouldn’t be locked out of the room for the never-ending chore of washing clothes. The problem was position. How to figure out where to place this magnetic door stop to somehow keep it from rolling open? At first I thought there was a way at the top near the door hardware…but the closer I looked, it really leaves no room for anything else and it would be distracting…having a big metal door stop at the very top.
My only other option was the bottom. It’s also a little tight on space.
But when I lined everything up, it looked like this would be my only option. The entire piece needed only to be able to sit flush against the door trim. See that hump on the door frame? Had to go.
The first step was closing the door all the way. I needed to make sure that it was lined up properly.
Then I placed the door stop on the door frame and marked it’s location.
I pulled out the Dremel and cut away anything inside my marks. It’s not perfect but it’s getting covered anyway 🙂
It basically just needed cut and then sanded and repainted.
Then came time to attach the two pieces for the magnetic door stop. The long arm has a screw plate that easily came out with a screwdriver and can be attached with the provided screws. Then the arm gets threaded back onto it.
The other part is the magnet catch. This is the very fancy name I gave it. It’s basically the other magnetic part that attaches to the door. It’s got a spring inside and it’s very confusing to take apart.
I figured out that you have to squeeze it together and simultaneously unscrew the button from the dark frame. It will eventually have the bottom screw off so you can attach that to the door.
I lined up the arm with the catch and marked where the base of the catch will go. I simply screwed that into the door and reattached the catch to the base.
Now it holds it perfectly in place! And because I know this will be a question…no it doesn’t stick out farther than the laundry room door frame….so no, we aren’t hurting ourselves on it.
But look how great it works! Isn’t that nice? And then there will be no giant baskets wedged behind the door. And there will be no laundry-ignoring either. That was too painful to go through again 🙂
And Jeremy feels like he won this fight. Which I gotta give it to him…this time, he is right. It’s important for doors to stay closed sometimes. I mean….nobody wants to see my dirty underroos.
Such a simple thing…to add a magnetic door stop….but in all honesty, it is really nice to do the finishing parts to this house. Those little details make it feel more like home, make it function better for us and keep things orderly.
I am thinking I need some more of these magnetic miracles for the playroom door and for the boys room….ya know….because wherever the kids are, trouble usually follows 🙂