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. Yep, 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.

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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 the door. This house was built 70 years ago and they did things a little differently back then. There was metal stripping around the door and frame, to make a good seal, and it all had to be removed. Once the stripping was off, 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. 

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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 look 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! 

Hope ya’ll have a great weekend. We’re going to a huge antique fair on Saturday. I’ll be posting on Instagram stories if you want to follow along.

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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. (I’m also hosting a giveaway so make sure you enter for your chance to win a $50 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of the post).

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. 

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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”. 

Now to the fun part…your chance to win a  $50 Home Depot Gift Card!!! Good luck!

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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.

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I usually love 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).

The paint was leftover so this makeover cost me nothing, 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.comAll 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.

We’re getting ready for a big trip to Europe next week but I’ll be sharing my fall home tour, along with 24 other bloggers, on Monday. Have a great week!!!

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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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I’m not sure if I’m more excited about spending less than $50 for our hallway redo or the fact that I’ve completed the first space in our new house, but it’s definitely a happy day here. I didn’t think I would be able to do anything until my feet were completely healed but this little hallway redo was easy and it was enough of a change that it satisfied my need to redo a room…for the moment anyway. Throw in the fact that it didn’t break the bank and you have the perfect project (and one happy hubs, because he’s always thrilled when a project doesn’t cost a lot).

A small hallway redo using gray paint, some farmhouse decor and lots of family photos. chatfieldcourt.com

Here is where we started…

This is looking toward the master bedroom, with the bathroom on the right and the living room and dining room to the left. Most of the house was painted with SW Navajo White and it looks yellow in almost every room, which isn’t bad but it’s really not my style.

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Looking from the master to the guest bedroom.

new house reveal 2There were a couple of huge holes in the walls from a smoke detector that was mounted in the middle of the wall (who does that?) and an old alarm system that didn’t work, so they were removed and the walls were patched. We, and when I say “we” I mean me, also wanted to change the vintage ceiling light for something bigger that would light up this dim space.

The ceiling and trim were painted by the previous owners right before they put the house on the market in May, so I didn’t need to touch them. Once the walls were prepped, it was time for the good stuff…paint. I stuck with a light gray for this space and chose Benjamin Moore Horizon, a beautiful gray/blue. It was my first time using this color and I love how it turned out.

Looking toward the master.

A small hallway redo using gray paint, a bit of farmhouse decor and family photos. chatfieldcourt.com

I hung family photos in the hallway in our last house in Illinois and knew that I would probably do it here as well. This is really the only space in the house where I can put all of my favorites together. It’s my happy space filled with great memories of our girls.

Looking from the master to the very messy guest bedroom.

A small hallway redo using gray paint, some farmhouse decor and family photos. chatfieldcourt.com

We removed the old light and put up the brass fixture that I had in my entryway in our last house. It was a great find from ReStore and I snagged it for $20. I’m adding some brass touches to the bathroom so I thought that repeating it in the hallway would tie the two spaces together.

A small hallway redo using gray paint, some farmhouse decor and lots of family photos. chatfieldcourt.com

I was slightly nervous about hanging so much in this small space but I really love it.

A small hallway redo using gray paint, a bit of farmhouse decor and some family photos. chatfieldcourt.comI switched some of the photos and frames around but everything I used I already had. The only purchase was the paint, and I have half of it left to do another space.

A small hallway redo using gray paint, a bit of farmhouse decor and lots of family photos. chatfieldcourt.comJust finishing this space, and having family photos out so that we can see them every day, has really made our new house feel like home. I’m excited to start the next project.

What’s new with you? Have you finished any projects lately?

 

Looking for hallway decorating ideas and inspiration? Check out this post.

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Small Hallway Decorating Ideas

 

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