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. 

goodwill dresser before makeover

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.

dresser prepped for paint

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 legs too goodwill dresser

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!

vintage dresser hardware

I love that I was able to completely transform this beat up $9 Goodwill dresser into a beautiful piece of furniture with paint. Not only is it beautiful but it gives us the space we need to store extra clothing. A win-win! If you head over to the Behr website you can see my completed project, here

 

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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 from Benjamin Moore, Wrought Iron, Regal Select, Pearl finish, 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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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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Although we haven’t closed on our house yet, I’ve been dreaming about all of the projects I want to do once we move in. One of the first things that will happen is that I’ll pick paint colors for the rooms. In our Illinois house, I used gray in all but 2 rooms and loved the way they turned out, so I’m hoping to use them again in our new house. I know that lighting is different in every house, and I won’t truly know what will work until we’re in and I have paint on the walls, but I have some ideas about what I’ll try.

There are literally thousands out there but here are my picks for 7 great gray paint colors. Some are favorites that I’ve used and the rest are colors that I always find myself pinning, but they’re all pretty fabulous.

There's so many great grays to choose from, but here are my 7 of my favoritet gray paint colors from Benjamin Moore. | chatfieldcourt.com

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl – My favorite gray! I used this color in several rooms in my last house and loved it so it’s definitely a top contender for the new house. It’s a warm gray that has more yellow in it than blue and worked well with the trim, ceilings and kitchen cabinets that were painted with BM White Dove. I’ve used it full strength, in the original formula, and at 50% strength and loved them both.

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl used in the living room, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. | chatfieldcourt.com

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Benjamin Moore Gray Owl used in the kitchen, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. | chatfieldcourt.com

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Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal – a beautiful and versatile dark gray that works with almost everything.

Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal used in a bedroom, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. Image via BHG.com

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Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist – a soft warm gray that has a slight purple undertone.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist used in a bedroom, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. Image via BHG.comBHG.com

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron – I love this color and used it on the interior of both my front and back doors in our Illinois house. It may look black but it’s a gray/brown/black that is less harsh, and it pairs well with BM Gray Owl.

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron used in the kitchen, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. | chatfieldcourt.comChatfield Court

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray – this is a pale neutral gray that has warm undertones. So pretty in this bright and beautiful kitchen. Image via Studio McGee.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray used in a bright kitchen, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. Image via Studio McGee

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Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies – I used this pretty gray-green in our Illinois master bedroom. This room didn’t get a ton of light so the color was more green than gray.

Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies used in the master bedroom, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. | chatfieldcourt.com

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BM Edgecomb Gray – A soft, warm gray/greige that looks best in a room that gets tons of natural light.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray used in a guest bedroom, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. Image via Houzz: Tamara Mac DesignHouzz: Tamara Mac Design

Of course, this is just a (very) small sampling of great grays. The only way to know what works best in your space is to sample it in your room. Two important things to remember about paint…it can easily be changed if i doesn’t work and it can make the biggest impact in your room, it was definitely a game changer in my kitchen.

So, I have my gray paint samples and I’m ready to go, once we get into the house. The first room up for a change is the master. Stay tuned…

What do you think about gray paint? Do you have a favorite or have you moved on?

Check out my small kitchen that was painted with BM Gray Owl.

Kitchen remodel with walls painted in BM Gray Owl and cabinets, ceiling and trim painted in BM White Dove. | chatfieldcourt.com

Small Kitchen Remodel

Our front door painted with BM Wrought Iron.

Entryway door painted with BM Wrought Iron. | chatfieldcourt.comFront Door Refresh

 

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