Does a project in your house ever seem to drag on and gives you more cringeworthy moments than watching Miley Cyrus Bangerz tour on repeat?
I hope so. I mean…I hope NOT but also I hope so….because nobody likes to be alone.
So that’s my segway into this laundry door situation. See that room in the photo below? The room with the blue ombre walls? That’s my laundry room and for the love of all dirty clothes, we freakin’ need a door.
We removed the original door because it swung open. Yup. Right into the laundry room wall creating a tight space for the washer door and my hiney to fit. Too tight. It was as uncomfortable as a front wedgie. So we removed it completely. But the problem is that we still liked to hide our laundry room. It tends to have loads of mess and a door would be the quickest solution. Obviously actually WASHING the clothes would also be a solution but who are we kidding….I have trouble washing my hair much less the many pairs of dirty boy jeans that seem to procreate on their own.
After a lot of thought, we decided that the best way to tackle the ‘no door’ situation would be to install a door but put it on sliding hardware so that it could live wide open but when we were having guests over, we could safely close it and our friends would think we are sufficiently on top of our household chores.
I found a bunch of options on Pinterest for DIY versions but in the end both Jeremy and I decided that our attempts at building hardware would be a lot of time and probably not look quite as finished as what we could buy online. And let’s face it….in the ten hours we would have spent trying to figure it all out and buy the materials, we could have earned enough to just buy it from Ebay. So that’s what we did back in January.
When we got it, we immediately fell in love with it and then tucked it away in the rarely-used dining room. Come March, I was in full “get-it-done-before-the-baby-arrives-mode” and insisted that we install it. Since the wall wasn’t quite 6.6 ft, we had to do a little metal cutting on the long bar but Jer soon had it in the wall above the laundry room door.
The thing is…I told him about seven times that it wouldn’t have enough clearance but Jeremy shook his head and said that he didn’t understand what I was saying. I tried to explain but my hormones were crazy raging (overdue Katie = cranky and hangry) and so I ended up just telling him that I would explain later after it was installed so that I didn’t kill him. Here’s a tip for you…it’s always better to have an alive Honey if your Honey-do list is a priority.
Of course after he saw that the bar didn’t sit far enough out for proper clearance of the door around the door molding, it was completely clear. Since there was only three bolts, it wasn’t that much time lost…but a boyfriend saved 🙂 I saw a photo in a Pottery Barn magazine (I call them magazines, not catalogs because I hoard them like I paid a subscription) of a barn door that was sitting on a piece of wood, so I showed it to him explaining that a 1×3 piece of wood would be our ticket to barn door heaven. He had already marked the studs so that made the job way quicker.
After screwing the wood into the studs, I painted it and then Jer reinstalled the door track in place.
Then we decided to do a test run with the old door. Jer installed the rolling hardware and we hung it up.
When it was in the open position, it looked ok. It was obviously the wrong size but it wasn’t as noticeable because the floor trim blended it in. But we liked the look of it in general so we knew we were on the right track. Get it? 🙂
But when it was closed, it was laughable. Not only was it completely the wrong size for the hole, it didn’t really block the mess or the light. It just looked like a capri-pants-door. Or the sheer white t-shirt over the black bra. Or the pantyhose are leggings look. It’s just all sorts of wrong.
And that’s basically when I went into beast mode and decided that I would need to build a custom door.
Spoiler alert…I’m not sharing that door right now. I don’t have any photos of it hung. Plus, Weston knocked it over when it was drying and now it has a couple dents that I have to fix.
But I will show you our inspiration for the door…it’s beautiful by the way….
Yup. We scoured pinterest and found a door that we felt would look right with our house’s style. Since the house has so many moldings and such European lines, we didn’t think that a true rustic barn door felt like the right fit. We needed a ritzy version of a barn door. And that one above was something both Jeremy and I loved. We sketched up some plans and got to work…
And that’s where I leave you. At a door. It’s coming soon. I promise. I just gotta find that Bondo and sandpaper and some paint and my camera and the connection cord so that I can upload the photos….and maybe a snack because this sounds like a lot more work than I had scheduled for my Tuesday afternoon….