During the months of June and July (2015) we decided to undertake quite a few different home upgrades: we decided to update our doors, windows, and dining room.
Our doors used to be these plain and brown ones. They were functional but were not the most attractive. We’re not planning on selling this house anytime soon, but we always ask ourselves what potential buyers would want to see upgraded in our home (if it were on the market).
We went to Lowes Home Improvement Store to buy our doors. We had to special order them because our measurements were off by 1/4 inch. We basically had to pay $65 per door instead of the $35 because we didn’t have standard sized doors. Either way, Lowes was much cheaper than Home Depot would have been: The Home Depot wanted upwards of $130 per door. No thanks – ciao gotta go!
Something got messed up in our order and our pick-up date got moved back several weeks. When we came to pick up the doors on the final estimated arrival date, we saw a 15% off sale on custom-ordered doors. We asked them if we could have that discount since our doors were so late. They obliged and we got a $41 in-store credit certificate.
We fit the doors into the back of our 2013 Chevy Cruze. We bungy corded the trunk shut and headed down the road. All was fine until we hit the first speed bump on our street. We damaged a panel by going too quickly: the trunk lifted and came down on a hollow panel in the door – it’s nothing a little wood glue can’t fix. 🙂
We painted them outside and then installed them that same day. We used VALSPAR – Bistro White from Lowes. We used a semi-gloss sheen on the doors and trim and a satin sheen on the walls.
This panel on the top-right is the one that took some damage. It’ll fix up fine.
A few weeks earlier we had painted the hardware and door knobs with Rust-Oleum. They look good as new. We painted them oil-rubbed bronze.
We even used that paint on our door bell:
The paint looks nice and works really well.
The windows of this home are original from 1971. They have moss growing in them and they allow the sun to cook the inside of our home. We decided in June to call Window World and get a quote for new windows.
Jim came out to our house and showed us how cool the windows are at Window World. He even stood on the windows and jumped up and down: they did not break. He showed us the warranty they come with: Lifetime warranty for any reason, transferrable to new owners! That means that whoever owns this house after us has a lifetime warranty on those windows too!
He showed us how they insulate the home and do not let heat in etc. They also pop in and out so you can easily clean them.
We were amazed and bought brand new windows!
The crew came and took out our old windows leaving a nice little hole in our house.
Here is the before picture:
And this is what it looked like after – the job only took 2 1/2 hours!
We really like that these new ones didn’t come with any moss.
One little thing at a time, we are making this house something exceptionally beautiful.
We also made some updates to our dining room this month (July 2015). This is how it appeared on June 1, 2014:
One $16 light fixture later, our dining room has become a rather cool place to hang out!
The quadro from IKEA was a welcomed touch as well. 😉