Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It’s Curtains for the Door Project!

The project to install doors is complete; I couldn’t be more pleased with the final look and functionality of them. Yesterday I posted this photo as a tease for how the before looked:


The opening on the nook that we call our bedroom is approximately 62” wide by 77” high and as you can see in the lower right corner there is a piece of furniture rather close to the opening so the traffic path is just wide enough for passing ability. This means we could not have a standard swing style hinged door so Matt and I began brainstorming a better solution.

Our final decision was to use bi-fold doors. There were a few reasons for this:

1. They are a cost effective solution (since this isn’t our permanent residence that is key).
2. Installation is relatively easy.
3. They will block light & noise as well as provide a greater sense of security.
4. They can come with us when we go if the landlord doesn’t want to keep them.
5. Minimal damage done to the homeowner’s doorway is easily fixable later.

We headed up to tax free New Hampshire for a day of shopping last weekend and picked up all the supplies we needed. Because the brown and copper leafed desk was going to be residing in this space, and also that I was intending to exchange the cranberry velvet curtains with a pair of green striped panels from another room, we decided on sage green paint and oil rubbed copper pulls.

Including the trim on the inside to finish the look and block the light from coming into the sides, the entire project cost us about five days to completely finish and in the ball park of $225 for materials. Here are the finished doors installed and functional! Only bit left is to paint the interior trim which I will finish up this week.

The look is much more streamlined than the curtains were and when left open, they don’t impact the traffic path at all.


These pretty pulls bring the look together well.


So what did I do with those cranberry colored velvet curtains?

Well they were the perfect compliment to our movie themed living room!


They instantly warm up the space, both visually and physically, by providing another much needed punch of color in a room which we are not allowed to paint.


The posters and movie themed pictures include: The Goonies, Memphis Belle, School Ties, Honeymoon In Vegas, Aladdin, Cinderella and Spice World (oh you better believe it!) plus around the space are tons of movie related items such as a Lord of the Rings statue, scene markers, movies and a copy of The Hobbit plus much more.

6 comments:

Almost Precious said...

Great job! Makes the bedroom into a real room and bet it is a lot quieter too. I really love the door pulls.

Also kudos for recycling/reusing the nice burgundy curtains. They go perfectly in your living room...which I must say is nicely decorated.

draagonfly said...

Good job! You know those "curtains" in my kitchen? They're actually table cloths that were too big for the table I currently have. I keep meaning to write that up in a blog sometime!

ecokaren said...

Great to see inside your home while showing us how to reuse and repurpose. The curtains do add drama to the room. I have no guts to add solid wine color to my rooms. But yours look great!!

Karen said...

Great job on the doors... they look really nice. Beautiful living room, too... love the floors :)

Mattamorphis said...

These curtains are great.

It's very NY

Bree said...

Looks great!!