I’m so happy to be able to finally show and talk about our new front door. Actually it’s an old door but it’s a new door in place of the old door. Does that make sense? 😉

Using a $20 thrifted door to make a new front door for a 1946 stone cottage, by adding new hardware and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

Last year when we looked at this house you could barely open the front door. The key was impossible to turn and it would stick, the result of poor maintenance. The door is original and had obviously been painted..a lot. There were bare spots and chipping paint and it was just plain ugly. 

Using an old thrifted door to make a new front door for a 1946 stone cottage, and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

How to use an old thrifted door to make a new front door for a 1946 stone cottage, and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

We started using the back door but my fall down the stairs 2 days after we closed, resulting in a broken foot, was enough to get the hubs to get the front door in working order. He worked his magic but the uglies couldn’t be overlooked. As soon as I was able to get around, I started looking at new front doors. It didn’t take long to realize that a new door wasn’t in the budget. Nice wood doors are expensive, ya’ll!!!

So the search for a new old door began. There’s plenty out there, at decent prices, but the size we needed is pretty popular. I probably searched every shop around for months and finally found “the one” at a local ReStore. It was a close enough match to the size we needed, and a steal at $20. 

Actually, we found 2 doors (the white one and the black one). I was going to use the white one for the front and the black one for the back but decided that the white one just didn’t fit the style of the house. The green door loveliness is the storm door that will replace the old storm front door. I found that before we even moved into the cottage, and it was only $12. I can’t wait to get that baby up.

Using an old thrifted door to make a new front door for a stone cottage, and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

Once we decided on a door, we took the old one down and cut the black door to size. We took a little bit off each side and were careful to leave space for a new lock and door knob. We also cut a hole for the mail slot. The old door hardware wasn’t salvageable but we were able to reuse the old brass mail slot.

Using an old thrifted door to make a new front door for a cottage, and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

We had to fill a few holes and then gave it a good sanding and cleaning. 

How to use an old thrifted door to make a new front door for a stone cottage, and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

The install was pretty easy but picking out a door knob and lock that actually fit was difficult. We bought 5 knobs and locks on our first trip but, every time we tried a set, the lock would hit the door knob. Our third store, and sixth or seventh try, we found a winner. It’s not what I originally wanted but it works and looks good. 

How to use an old thrifted door to make a new front door, adding new hardware and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

Paint color was the next step.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you might remember our front door in our Illinois house. I loved that color and wanted something similar, but softer. It didn’t take me long to settle on Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue, Regal Select, Eggshell. 

Oh my…I love this color. It’s a pretty green/gray with a hint of blue. 

Using an old thrifted door to make a new front door for a 1946 stone cottage, adding new hardware and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

Yes, I am mixing the metal finishes but I’m ok with it. I really wanted to use what I could from the old door. 

Using a thrifted door to make a new front door for a 1946 stone cottage, adding new hardware and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

How to use a thrifted door to make a new front door for a 1946 stone cottage, by adding new hardware and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

I love the way it turned out, even if it wasn’t in the original plan.  The light it let’s into this once dark space is awesome. Now I’m really itching to get the new, old storm door up. Oh, and replacing the back door is also on the long to-do list.

I’m happy to get another biggie crossed off the list. 

Happy weekend friends!

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shut the new front doorUsing an old thrifted farmhouse door to make a new front door for a 1946 stone cottage, and painting it a beautiful color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

You can also check out another update in the living room/entry, here.

DIY Custom Curtain Rods

And how I updated an old door with new glass knobs, here.

Updating old doors with modern, new glass door knobs.Updating Old Doors With New Glass Door Knobs

 

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You would think that replacing a basement door would be a simple weekend project, right? You would be so wrong because, in this house, no project is ever quick or easy.

This one took us 3 months to finish. Yup, we started way back in January. We didn’t work on it the whole time, but it did take a lot longer than we thought.

Upgrade and replace an interior basement door by recycling an old door. It's an inexpensive DIY project that anyone can do. | Chatfield Court

This is where we began. The basement door is in our small living room so we have to look at it every night when we watch tv. It really doesn’t look all that bad in the photo but it was. The dog/cat door was big and bulky, chewed up and glued shut. 

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The inside of the door was plain old nasty. I think the previous owners locked their dog in the basement and it chewed and clawed the door. You can also see the lovely pink spray foam insulation. Insulation is a good thing and has its place, but this stuff is everywhere in our house. All I know is that whoever sprayed it certainly did a thorough job. Yikes!

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The first thing we had to do was to remove that ugly door. Both the door and the frame had metal stripping around them, to make a good seal, so it all had to be removed too. After we removed all of the metal strips, we had to scrape the old, chippy paint and repair all the holes. 

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We had planned on buying a new door but found an old one in the basement that fit the opening of the doorway. That was a huge bonus but…

There’s always a but. 😉

The only problem was that the door was a mess. It needed to be scraped and sanded on both sides before it could be painted. Even after we sanded and painted the door it was far from perfect but, when you have an old home, nothing is perfect. 

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So, instead of looking at the ugly door, we looked at an open doorway and 2 boxes for 3 months. The boxes were our idea of a cheap baby gate to keep Finn from wandering into the basement. 

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Finally the “new” door went up. The fit isn’t perfect because the doorway isn’t perfectly square but, as I said…

Old house=nothing is perfect. 

Upgrade and replace an interior basement door by recycling an old door. This is an inexpensive DIY project that anyone can do. | Chatfield Court

I tried to recycle everything when I could, including the hardware, but it just wasn’t useable. The door knob was old but not original glass like the others in the house and the metal hinges were caked with paint. 

I replaced the old generic knob with another glass knob from Nostalgic Warehouse, exactly like the ones I used in the bathroom recently. I can’t tell you how much I love them. 

How to replace an interior basement door by recycling an old door. This is an inexpensive DIY project anyone can do. | Chatfield Court

We had to modify the door a bit to get the new door knobs to fit. Luckily the new door knob plate covers the ugly holes. 

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I think it looks so much better than it did before. Like it’s been here all along. 

How you can easily upgrade and replace an interior basement door by recycling an old door. This is an inexpensive DIY project that anyone can do. | Chatfield Court

I’m so glad that we found this door in the basement. Finding a new door that matched the others would have been tough, and expensive.

How to upgrade and replace an interior basement door by recycling an old door. This is an inexpensive DIY project that anyone can do. | Chatfield Court

Another project crossed off the long list. Progress! 

 

Check out another project that we recently completed in the living room, the DIY fireplace mantel. 

A DIY fireplace mantel makeover to accommodate a flat screen tv in a small living room. A simple and easy fix using a large piece of white pine wood and paint. www.chatfieldcourt.com

DIY Fireplace Mantel

 

 

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I’m so excited to kick off this new year by partnering with Behr on a project for their Behr Designer Stories series on the Behr.com website. My project for the series was all about taking a $9 Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint, and I’m thrilled with the results. 

An easy DIY project taking a Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint. Chatfield Court

When we lived in Illinois I found this awesome vintage Ethan Allen dresser at a local Goodwill shop for just $9. Sadly, it sat in our basement for months and eventually made it’s way down to North Carolina with us, with the hopes that I would find the time to give it a makeover. When Behr approached me to do a project for their Designer Stories series, I knew that the old dresser would be the perfect candidate and that it would finally get a much needed facelift.

We live in a small home, with limited storage options, so the dresser is the perfect piece to makeover so that we could store our extra clothing. It was in fair condition, with a lot of surface scratches and it sat low to the ground, but it was solid (and did I mention cheap!), so all it really needed was a fabulous new paint color and 4 sturdy legs to give it a brand new look. 

Adding new vintage hardware to an old Goodwill dresser. www.chatfieldcourt.com

 

To get a fresh new look for this diamond-in-the-rough dresser, I chose Behr Premium Plus® Interior Satin Enamel Paint & Primer In One in “Sea Ice”. It’s my new favorite color!

Want to see the drab before? Head on over to Behr.com and check out how I turned my $9 find into a beauty. While you’re there, make sure you check out the page that the nice folks at Behr made just for me, with a few photos of the “fam”. 

 

 

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It’s Monday…ugh. I’m not a big fan so let’s go easy today with my kitchen island makeover. It’s not earth-shattering or even life-changing but I think it’s a definite improvement and I’m loving the change.

Green butcher block kitchen island makeover

Green butcher block kitchen island.

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I have always loved green but it just didn’t go with the my decor.

An easy kitchen island makeover using Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron.

Lots of changes here since you saw it last. For one there’s decor, but we also have a new faucet and a new stainless stove and dishwasher.

An easy to do kitchen island makeover using Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron.

This was a super easy project to do but it took some time, as do most painting projects. I removed the towel bar and gave it a good cleaning before I painted it. There was no sanding involved, I kept this easy, so just 2 coats of paint and I was done. I thought about distressing it but I like it the way it is right now.

An easy update for a kitchen island using Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron.

I love this paint color! It’s Wrought Iron from Benjamin Moore and it’s a rich, deep gray. I used the same color on my front and back doors in our Illinois house (check out the front door here and the back door redo here).

I used leftover paint so this project didn’t cost me anything, except time and a sore back from sitting so low to the floor. But hey…you know what they say…”beauty is pain” (or something like that). 😉

A super easy kitchen island makeover using Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron.

The butcher block also got a good cleaning with salt and lemon. I just poured some table salt on the butcher block and squeezed a couple of lemons on the salt. I rubbed the halved lemon all over the butcher block until it was well coated and left it to dry. Once dry, I wiped it down, cleaning all of the salt off. Now it looks all shiny and new.

An easy kitchen island makeover using Wrought Iron paint from Benjamin Moore. www.chatfieldcourt.com

All that was left to do was to add a couple of bar stools and a couple of cutting boards, both from HomeGoods. I think I change the decor on top almost everyday and you can usually find my tools and a list or two cluttering it up. Yeah, it’s become a catchall but I try to keep it clear. #justkeepingitreal

So, another project crossed off the list and, as you can see, the kitchen and dining area are coming together. Still no paint or big projects done, except for the gas line for the stove, but it’s looking like a home…our home. I’ll share more photos and details of the dining area soon.

 

 


I’ve also completed a little redo in the hallway. You can check it out here

Hallway redo for under $50.Small Hallway Redo for Under $50 

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