Monday, August 29, 2016

A Wall of Sliding Barn Doors

Hello!  It's hard to believe the end of summer is drawing closer.  We've had a wonderful summer, full of lots of swimming, flower farming, relaxed schedules, time with family and friends, and even a couple house projects thrown into the mix. 

When I posted our master bedroom remodel this past spring, I mentioned that the only thing lacking in the room was replacing our closet doors and the door leading into our bathroom with a sliding barn door.  Initially our plan was to replace the bi-fold closet doors with a set that actually matched, but we have been so happy with the sliding barn door we have upstairs that we really wanted to incorporate more in our house.  When National Hardware contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing their sliding door hardware product, I was thrilled.  Not only do sliding barn doors look great, but they are so functional and fabulous at saving space.

Disclaimer: National Hardware provided the sliding door hardware and accessories for this post, but all opinions are my own.  :-)  


Above is what this wall looked like prior to our makeover.  (Yes, we stared at those mismatched bi-fold closet doors for six years!)  We had to install a piece of trim to cover the entire width of the wall (above the doors) for mounting the hardware. 


Before I go into details, we could not be more pleased with how this project turned out.  It has been absolutely wonderful having doors that slide so easily open and closed and also saving space in the corner leading into the bathroom.  As a bonus, I love how it completely finished the room and added so much interest to this wall! 

Justus built the doors out of pine tongue and groove planks (the beaded side) and finger jointed pine trim (1x6 on top, bottom and middle and 1x4 for the diagonal pieces). 

The sliding door hardware is from National Hardware.  This is the same hardware you'll find at many well known retails outlets (if you click the link above, you'll find a "where to buy" button to show nearby stores).  The hardware we chose is the Decorative Interior Sliding Door Hardware in Oil Rubbed Bronze. 

We were extremely pleased with the hardware we chose.  It's incredibly durable, heavy, and rolls both easily and very quietly along the track. 

 As a bonus, National Hardware also sells matching accessories in a variety of designs to accompany the sliding door hardware, such as door pulls, privacy hooks and connecting adapters.

 Since we installed a total of three doors along this wall, we needed three door hardware kits.  Basically, one kit accommodates openings of up to 36" wide, so for openings wider than 36", you would need to use multiple kits. 

 That's where the connecting adapter comes in! Each bar has pre-drilled holes to accommodate an additional kit.  Four screws hold the adapter.  Installation was a snap!

 I've mentioned before that our master bedroom is large, but also a bit difficult for furniture placement, as we're dealing with windows, a fireplace mantel and a few doors. Installing a sliding door into our bathroom in this corner was such a space saver. 

Living in an old house, we were also dealing with a very sticky bathroom door, so the sliding door also saved us in that arena.  We love, love, love it! The doors glide so quietly and it never feels flimsy.

 The sliding doors also allow for easier access into the closet than the bi-fold doors.  I can actually reach the clothes back in the corner easily!  ;-) 

 Since we were going for a traditional barn door look, we opted for the bar pulls.

 The little privacy hooks are a favorite of mine, and we installed them even on our closet doors (mostly for aesthetic reasons there), but we love having this privacy feature on the outside of our bathroom door since the bathroom is also accessible to the rest of the house via another door. 

 As a finishing touch, we installed one of the bar pulls and privacy hooks on our charming original door, which leads into a closet underneath our stairs.  Again, a sticky door here, so having a bar pull was actually a huge sigh of relief (ha!).  It really tied the entire look together.

We went from having a room that was a complete eyesore to one that makes me feel thankful every time I walk through the doorway.  While I haven't quite forgotten all the hours spent tearing down wallpaper and the horrible renovation mess (you can find that post here if you missed it), I have to say we would both do it all over again in a heartbeat.  I love the feeling of having a room that feels original to the house, yet has a few modern improvements that make it functional (sliding barn doors all the way!).  The room feels serene, charming, and beautiful (at least in our eyes - wink).  

Sources (with links):
Doors: Made with pine tongue and groove planks (the beaded side) and finger jointed pine trim (1x6 on top, bottom and middle and 1x4 for the diagonal pieces)
Master Bedroom Details: Master Bedroom Remodel Post
Bathroom Details:  Bathroom Remodel Post

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Guest Bedroom Remodel

 I hope you are enjoying some wonderfully relaxing summer days!  We've been swimming and gardening daily and trying to complete a few home projects too in our down time.  I don't like being absent for so long here... for once in a long while, I actually have a list of things I'd like to blog about, but it's just a matter of finding the time? motivation?  Also, our main computer has been giving us some major issues, so downloading pictures usually consists of at least a handful of what I refer to as the blue screens of death.  (Don't worry, I've backed everything up... now it's just a matter of actually taking the plunge and replacing it.)  ;-)  Anyway, I finally managed to download some pictures as quickly as possible of our (nearly complete) guest bedroom remodel!



 Above is a picture when we first moved in.  Fortunately, the walls had already had the wallpaper removed from them, so the original bead board was already exposed.  On the down side, the ceiling was covered in styrofoam ceiling tiles and had quite possibly the ugliest ceiling fan ever, which we didn't bother replacing, since we knew eventually we would be renovating the ceiling.  (I might have replaced it earlier if I had known it would take us six years to get to this room - ha!)

If you recall in our master bedroom remodel, we removed the doorway you see in the above photo that joined the two bedrooms.  More about that soon.


 We thought that when we removed the styrofoam ceiling tiles, we would be dealing with an unsalvageable ceiling.  In fact, we had almost purchased all of the wood to put up a new ceiling, just as we had for our master bedroom.  But when we removed the tiles, we discovered wallpaper covering the original ceiling, which was in almost perfect condition (with the exception of a hole, which was easily patched).  Now, typically I would have squealed in delight... but after spending months removing wallpaper, Justus and I both felt like running from the house screaming.  The only thing worse than removing old wallpaper from walls is removing it from a ceiling.  Anyone with me?  

I will confess that after only hiring help in our house two times, once for a new HVAC system and the other for new insulation, we both agreed instantly to find somebody to remove the ceiling wallpaper for us and we were pretty much willing to pay anything.  The funny part is we couldn't find anyone willing to do it. So three days later, there we were, scraping wallpaper and wondering what other people were doing for fun.  (Laughing here!) 

You may be able tell in the photos how wavy the ceiling is... this frustrates my husband to no end, particularly since we had to use tubes and tubes of caulk to fill in gaps, but after living in this house, I'm a firm believer in embracing the imperfections.  All the imperfections are part of what gives an old home character and charm. 


In addition to refinishing the ceiling, we also installed new bead board on the wall to the right of the fireplace to enclose the original doorway.  What a dilemma here - we knew we wanted to keep the natural wood in here, but we didn't have any to match the original.  I even tried a stain, which looked terrible, just as I knew it would.  In the end, we decided to paint this wall the same white as the ceiling and hope that it all came together in the end.

We also replaced a sliding plywood closet door with these old louvered solid wood doors.  I love these doors... our neighbors were undergoing some indoor renovations, and I saw them laying in their yard when I went over there to take care of their dog while they were away.  Fortunately for me, they no longer had a home, so I talked Justus into using them. ;-)   I painted the fireplace and closet doors a light gray for some contrast.  As you can see, we still need to add a door knob, but I'm on the hunt for the perfect vintage one.  

One other change we made that is probably only noticeable to us, but makes a big difference, is replacing the white corner trim with pine stained to match the original wood.  It gives a more finished, natural look.  And of course, all the other trim is new as well. 

Around the other side of the room... we've had this furniture since we were first married and we thought to sell it and replace it with the perfect antique furniture.  We actually went antique shopping with a measuring tape in hand, but could not find one thing!  I came home and felt completely okay with keeping what we already had.  Sometimes it's so easy for me to feel like everything needs to be perfect, instead of feeling contentment with what we already do have. 



My mom made this quilt hanging for our first home when we were first married.  So I knew I definitely wanted to keep it displayed here, but tried to bring in only subtle hints of red elsewhere in the room.

Other than replacing the old outlets, this room is finished, and was our last major remodeling job.  Since then, we've also started remodeling the last room we had not previously touched, a bedroom for our youngest daughter, which is nearly complete. So I have quite a few house projects to share, if we can just complete the finishing touches!  ;-)  

Happy summer days to you!

Source List (If I forgot anything, just leave a comment!)
White ceiling and wall paint: Benjamin Moore Simply White
Gray fireplace and closet door paint: Benjamin Moore Titanium
Bed: Costco (Everton Queen)
Bedding: Pottery Barn
Lamps: Target
Print above fireplace: Rifle Paper
Picture frames & curtain rods: BH&G Walmart 
Linen curtains: one of the few things I sew ;-)  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Strawberry Season!

My favorite season is upon us... strawberry season!  Not only because I'm not sure there's a more tasty treat than a freshly picked strawberry straight from the farm, but also because it seems to mark a season of warm days filled with sunshine and evenings spent outside together.  I particularly love the warm evenings together - wandering around the yard watering plants, watching the girls, playing ball together, relaxing in the hammock.  This time of year just lifts my spirits and I feel like you'll know exactly what I'm talking about!

There is a local farm that brings their strawberries in daily to a little red cart in town.  The strawberries literally melt in your mouth and taste so sweet (and this particular farm also does not use pesticides, which is wonderful).  I'm almost embarrassed to admit how many gallons we go through during strawberry season!

The hammock gets a lot of attention around here... I'm not sure how we lived without it for so long.  Not only during the evenings, but it's the perfect spot during the day to stop and take a snack break when the sunshine is beating down.  The huge old tree it sits under provides just the right amount of cool shade.

While there are so many delicious ways to eat strawberries, my very favorite is simply by themselves.  The strawberry season seems so short, and I savor these few weeks we can eat strawberries this sweet and ripe. 

Nevertheless, now that the days are so warm, the girls have been begging to make popsicles.  While both girls love to help me in the kitchen, Jillian is especially enjoying learning how to make certain things. Since she is eight now and so capable, I've been making more of an effort to give her independence in the kitchen.  (She's made Rosetta and I scrambled eggs almost every day this week for breakfast.  ;-) )  

"Is this how you do it, Sissy?"

 And so, this was our treat tonight... strawberry popsicles eaten in the back yard as we enjoyed every last bit of the warm evening light.  What a sweet strawberry season this is! 

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