This post is sponsored by Wayfair and Nostalgic Warehouse. I did receive product but, as always, all opinions are my own. 

I’m so excited to share a project that has been a year in the making, updating our old bathroom doors with new glass door knobs. Living in a 1946 stone cottage has it’s charm but also it’s problems. Well, it has a lot of problems but we’ll just focus on one today…the old doors and door knobs. 

I actually love the old doors. They’re paneled solid wood with original (for the most part) glass door knobs. They’re beautiful but most of them don’t close right, if at all, and some of the glass door knobs are either painted over, falling off or missing pieces. These doors have seen a lot of action in their 70 years and it shows.  

The door that is used the most is the first in line for some attention, the bathroom door. Thankfully it closes but at some point the old glass knob was switched out for a more modern knob, complete with smears of paint.

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield Court Not the look we’re going for. So when Wayfair reached out to me about their Touches of Elegance campaign, I knew it was the perfect campaign for us. We were asked to pick out new door knobs for one room of the house from Nostalgic Warehouse’s beautiful selection. Every door knob in the house needs some kind of attention but the bathroom is used the most so the choice was easy.

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield CourtAlthough the main door closed without an issue, the closet door was another matter. We haven’t been able to close it properly since we moved in and every time you would open the main bathroom door, it would hit the closet door. 

The closet door knob was a real mess. There was old paint all over it and the door frame was in need of repair. I knew it was in bad shape, but I never realized how bad until I started taking pictures. Eeeek!

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield CourtOf course me being me, I couldn’t just remove the old door knobs and replace with the new. Nope…not in this house. I had to do a little makeover on both doors so (A) they would close properly, and (B) so they would look their very best for our beautiful new glass door knobs.

The main door just needed a few spots caulked and a fresh coat of paint (SW Pure White) but the closet door needed a bit more attention. We had to remove it, along with the hinges that had layers and layers of paint on them, so that we could sand down the edges to allow the door to close properly. Apparently, the door had been painted a ton of times over its 70 years and, with each coat, it built up and prevented the door from closing. Luckily some sanding fixed the issue (actually a lot of sanding). It’s not perfect but it’s so much better.

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield CourtWe also had to scrape and paint the closet door frame. OMG, talk about ugly. It was a mess. And yes…at some point the doorway was painted burgundy. 

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield Court

I’ve been dreading this project since we moved in but it was time. I scraped the loose paint and filled all of the holes. The right thing to do would be to strip the frame and start over but it’s a huge job that’s at the bottom of the list. At some point we’ll do it right but, for now, it looks better and it closes. Plus it has that beautiful brass and glass door knob to distract you.

Once the scraping and painting was done, we added the door knob to the main door. I went with Crystal Glass Privacy Door Knob with Studio Plate by Nostalgic Warehouse for the main door. It was an easy install and, in just a few minutes, the door was transformed. No more paint smear on a door knob that didn’t match the era of the house. 

Updating 2 old doors in a 1946 stone cottage bathroom with a lot of elbow grease, a bit of paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. An easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield Court

Updating 2 old doors in a 1946 stone cottage bathroom with some elbow grease, paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. An easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield Court

Full disclosure here…
 
Things didn’t go the way we’d hoped with this project, which happens a lot but, because I’m always honest with you about our projects, I thought it only right to share everything that happened. The good and the bad.
 

The closet door was a bit more involved. I ordered a passage knob and it ended up not fitting. The door is only 1 1/16″ thick so it was tricky getting something new to fit a thin door. I worked with Nostalgic Warehouse, who went above and beyond to find a solution for me, but we just couldn’t get it to work. It was nothing that they did wrong, it’s just an old door, and an odd size. 

You can see the difference in the thickness of the doors in this photo.

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield Court

In the end we went with the Crystal Glass Double Dummy Door Knob with Studio Plate by Nostalgic Warehouse, which doesn’t have a latch. 

Besides the fact that there isn’t a latch for the door, we had to move plate and glass door knob down a few inches, otherwise the plate would have rested over the panel. Not a good look.

The knob looks beautiful but we still have the holes where the latch and the strike plate go. They aren’t centered with the new placement of the glass door knob, so they will have to get filled in and painted.  

Updating a closet door in a stone cottage bathroom with some elbow grease, paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. A quick and easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield Court

Updating 2 old doors in a stone cottage bathroom with some elbow grease, paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. A quick and easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield CourtWe still need to figure out a way to latch the door because it doesn’t close tight on it’s own. Something that will allow us to open and close it easily. I’ll keep you posted on what we end up doing.

The new door knobs though?

Oh my… 

I really love the way they look! I have antique brass scattered throughout the house, including the bathroom, so these glass door knobs fit in beautifully.

Updating old doors in a cottage bathroom with some elbow grease, paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. A quick and easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield CourtNow I’m anxious to get to all of the other doors. 

After I figure out a way to butter up the hubs. 😉

Updating old doors in a cottage bathroom with some elbow grease, paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. An easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield Court

Thanks so much for stopping in. I hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

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Let’s talk about painted black window frames again (like we did here).

I know I’m getting ahead of myself. You haven’t seen my completed dining area yet, but I finally finished the painted back window frames in the kitchen/dining area and had to share. 

I owe you a tour of the completed dining area, and I promise I’ll share that next time, but you would have had to peek at the windows so I just thought we’d check them out first.

This is what we started with…

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Our house was built in 1946 and it had metal casement windows throughout. Most have been replaced but we still have 3 on the main floor. Two big ones in the kitchen/dining area and one in the “castle” bedroom (our nickname for the one guest bedroom). 

I love these windows and they are one of the things that sold me on this house when we looked at it. Besides letting in tons of light, they add so much character to the space. 

They were freshly painted white before we bought the house but I wanted to paint them black from the moment we moved in. My dear hubs wasn’t buying my vision…at all…but after talking about it for months, I finally did what any woman would do when she has her mind made up. 

I went for it (and got that look because he just couldn’t grasp my vision). 

I knew it wouldn’t be a quick project but I didn’t expect it to be as tough as it was. It wasn’t really hard, it was just time consuming. Four coats of paint, lots of scraping and several rounds of touch-ups to transform these beauties.

Although it took a lot of time, it was a very inexpensive project. I had a quart of paint and didn’t even use half of it for both windows. So, if you want a big change and a lot of bang for your buck, this a the perfect project.

Painted Black Window Frames | Chatfield Court

I tried to use painter’s tape on the first window but it was a bust. While I carefully tried to remove it (after I scored it), it pulled the paint off. Not good when you spend so much time painting.  I ended up having to repaint the outer frame again, with lots of touch-ups to the windowsill afterwards.

It’s all good in the end because they look great.

Painted Black Window Frames | Chatfield Court

There’s 70 years worth of paint on these windows which means lots of old drips and plenty of layers. They are old and it shows. The ideal thing to do would be to strip the old paint off and start fresh but that isn’t on my to-do list.

Change up the look in any room with painted black window frames. An easy and inexpensive DIY project. | Chatfield Court

Change up the look in the dining room with painted black window frames. An easy and inexpensive DIY project. | Chatfield Court

I did the dining area window first and then moved on to the beast, the kitchen window. 

Besides the fact that it’s bigger, it’s over the sink so it was harder to reach comfortably.

Change up the look in the kitchen with painted black window frames. An easy and inexpensive DIY project. | Chatfield Court

Change up the look in the kitchen and dining room with painted black window frames. An easy and inexpensive DIY project. | Chatfield Court

Here is the first appearance of the new addition to our family. Leo, the fiddle leaf fig. 🙂  I’m able to have him because of all that light shining through the windows. Is it weird or do you name your plants too?

Change up the look in any room of your house with painted black window frames. An easy and inexpensive DIY project. | Chatfield Court

I’m in love with the way the windows look! 

The black really brings out the character of the windows. It just adds so much to this room. I’m so glad I went with my instincts.

Oh, and hubs…

He loves them too! I knew he would even if he didn’t.  😉

Transform any room of your house with painted black window frames. An easy and inexpensive DIY project to change the look of your white trim window. | Chatfield Court

Transform any room of your house with painted black window frames. An easy and inexpensive DIY project to change the look of your white trim window to give it a vintage, European look. | Chatfield Court

Transform your kitchen with painted black window frames. An easy and inexpensive DIY project to change the look of your white trim window to give it a vintage, European look. | Chatfield Court

I do love them but I’m glad that they aren’t through the whole house. It would take forever to paint them all. 

How about you? Could you see black window frames in your own home?

Change up the look in any room of your house with painted black window frames. An easy and inexpensive DIY project to change the look of your boring white trim window. | Chatfield Court

 

Check out more DIY projects we’ve done in the kitchen…

Open Shelving in the Kitchen for Under $50

Easy Kitchen Island Makeover

 

 


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This time last year decorating for spring was the farthest thing from my mind. We were busy packing up our house and getting ready for our big move from Illinois to North Carolina so I wasn’t able to do any spring decorating. This year though, we are more settled. We’re enjoying life in our little stone cottage and I’m excited to get the house decorated for our first spring.

Wow! This cute spring front door basket, made from bunches of faux forsythia, is so pretty and it's a super easy DIY craft project. It just took minutes to do | Chatfield Court

I’ve already busted out some of my spring pillows and I have been enjoying the pretty spring blooms I’ve gotten from the store, but my front door was looking sad.

I took the basket I had filled with greens off the door after Christmas thinking that I’d hang something else up, but that never happened. I thought about hanging the wreath I made a few years ago, but couldn’t find it in the moving mess in the basement, so I pulled out the basket again. This time around it would be the spring front door basket of my dreams.

Just kidding…

I just wanted something that looked spring-y and was easy to do.  

Usually, I keep it simple when I do something like this and I stuck with that same idea this time. On a quick trip to Hobby Lobby, I picked up a few spring stems and I was ready to create. 

Quick and Easy Spring Front Door Basket | Chatfield Court

Supplies

  • Basket
  • 6 forsythia branches
  • 1  leafy green stem
  • wire cutters
  • jute rope
  • floral foam (optional)

I try to pick out realistic looking stems, or as close to realistic as possible, without spending a fortune. I liked the middle group the best (the 2 with the light brown stems) but they were pricey so I only got 2 and went with a cheaper bunch to mix in. In all, with the 50% off, I spent under $20 for all of the stems and I can use them again for something else. 

Since it was already in there, I made use of the floral foam in the bottom of the basket. I could easily do this without it so if you don’t want to buy it, or don’t have any, you can still successfully build your spring basket. 

Quick and Easy Spring Front Door Basket | Chatfield Court

No pictures of the next part because my method is a trade secret.

Not really…

I just used my wire cutters to shorten the stems and shoved them in. I know…very technical and it took years of practice. 😉

Once all of the stems were in, I just moved them around until I liked the way they looked. Seriously, that’s it.

With my flowers in place, I wanted some kind of bow on the basket. My first thought was to use burlap, but I couldn’t find it (remember the mess in the basement I talked about earlier?) so I went with what I could find…jute rope.

Not my first choice but it’s rustic and quirky and a little different, just like me. 

I made a couple of loops around the basket, 2 bows (because 2 are better than 1) and my basket is done. 

Love it! This cute spring front door basket, made from bunches of faux forsythia, is so pretty and it's a super easy DIY craft project. It just took minutes to do | Chatfield Court

This basket is pretty big so we can only hang it on the screen door. It will be protected under the cover porch so it won’t get hit with any weather. 

Awesome! This cute spring front door basket, made from bunches of faux forsythia, is so pretty and it's a super easy DIY craft project. It just took minutes to do | Chatfield Court

I love how my spring front door basket looks and it really brightens up my front porch. Now I feel like I’m ready for spring, if only our weather would cooperate. 

This spring front door basket, made from bunches of faux forsythia, is so pretty and it's a super easy DIY craft project. It just took minutes to do | Chatfield Court

Have you pulled any of your spring stuff out yet?

As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great week!

Check out these other easy DIY spring projects

DIY Spring Mason Jars

How to Make a Burlap Bow

 

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Mondays are the worst so I thought we’d brighten things up with part 2 of our brick fireplace makeover and a fun giveaway. You can read about part 1, where we gave the mantel a makeover, here.

Before we get to the fun part, the giveaway (at the bottom of this post), let’s talk about the makeover we did on our brick fireplace. 

With just a little bit of paint and a few hours you can freshen up a builder basic fireplace by doing this easy DIY brick fireplace makeover | Chatfield Court

I was excited to have a fireplace in the living room but that excitement quickly faded when we realized it was in the only space that could hold our tv. After a lot of discussion, and I mean a lot, we decided that the only place for the tv was over the fireplace. Not my first choice but, when you live in a small space, you do what you gotta do. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover www.chatfieldcourt.comThe mantel was very shallow, and not wide enough to hold our tv, so we did what any good DIYer would do…

We slapped a piece of plywood up on the mantel, hooked the tv up and called it done. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover www.chatfieldcourt.comIt stayed this way for 6 months until I couldn’t stand to look at it one any longer. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover www.chatfieldcourt.com

I won’t go into all of the details again but after a bit of sleuthing for a solution and then for the perfect piece of wood, the mantel was looking 100% better, the tv fit and we were able to ditch the plywood.

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, new mantel | Chatfield Court

Now that the mantel was done, it was time to give the brick a makeover.

When we moved into the house the brick surround was painted black and there were propane logs hooked up (with about 20 years of dog hair and dust). It was dirty, dusty and completely gross. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I knew it needed to be cleaned up so I took away the screen, removed the gas logs and gave the firebox a much needed cleaning. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, before www.chatfieldcourt.com

I lived with the surround painted black for months, trying to figure out what I wanted to do, but inspiration never hit. Once the mantel was done, though, I knew I wanted to freshen up the surround, if only temporarily until a better idea popped up, so I decided to give it a fresh coat of paint.

Before any paint went up on the brick, I donned my snazzy yellow rubber gloves and gave the surround a thorough cleaning with hot water and TSP. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, cleaning www.chatfieldcourt.com

The rest was easy. A few of hours and a couple of coats of the same paint that was used on the mantel, SW Alabaster, and the brick fireplace makeover was done.

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, surround www.chatfieldcourt.com

It only took 6 months and a little bit of paint but it’s looking so much better and brighter. 

A super easy DIY brick fireplace makeover that can be done in a few hours with just a little bit of paint | Chatfield CourtThe walls are on the list for paint (eventually) so that will change things too. 

I still want to do something fun to the surround but I can live with this…for now. 

An easy DIY brick fireplace makeover that can be done in a few hours with just a bit of paint | Chatfield CourtDIY brick fireplace makeover that can be done in a few hours with just a bit of paint | Chatfield Court

Ok, enough with the projects, let’s have some fun with a giveaway for a $50 HomeGoods gift card. Yay!!!

This isn’t a sponsored post, it’s just a little something from me as a way to say thank you for your support. Thank you for coming back every time I post and thank you for sharing yourselves with me through your emails and comments. I treasure this little community we have created together. 

Because this is from me, there are no hoops to jump through to enter. To earn 2 entries, simply leave a comment telling me what you would buy at HomeGoods if you won the giveaway and click on the “Leave a blog post comment” in the giveaway box that you commented. The giveaway runs for 1 week and I’ll contact the winner by email. 

Good luck!!!!

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Check out a couple of other projects we’ve been doing around the house

DIY floating shelves in the bathroom using reclaimed wood | Chatfield Court

DIY Faux Floating Shelves

An easy DIY makeover on a kitchen island using paint | Chatfield Court

Easy Kitchen Island Makeover

 

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