As the kitchen reno continues... we had a snowball project come up that I was actually pretty excited about.
The flooring we replaced in the kitchen goes all the way to the front door (the flooring is Ah-mazing! I can't wait to show you). But our old front door was metal (and quite boring) so we couldn't cut it down to fit the new flooring.
We looked at the price tag of a new front door and were floored (pun intended) by the fact that they are sometimes thousands of dollars!?! I remembered I saw a huge selection of front doors at our local home supply store (Construction Junction) - for $35-55. Done. I thought it was worth a try right?
My husband cut the door to match the old one with the cutouts for the hinges and we got it hung - I was worried installing a (new) old door to fit would be tough, but it wasn't too bad!
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The existing holes in the door did not fit our new door handle, so we needed to make new holes and patch the old. It took me two afternoons to get the new door handle installed (grrr...) but it is finally there!
To patch the old holes, I inserted a piece of wood in the side cut and filled the holes with Bondo. Bondo is actually a auto body filler so it's strong and durable (and stinky). It's easy to work with and sets quickly, and it is sand-able but not stain-able.
Once it was dry I sanded it flush with 80 grit sand paper on my palm sander.
Now, it's finally ready for a little tape, a cleaning with 50/50 denatured alcohol and water and paint!
Three coats of paint went on very quickly, and it totally transforms the look of the door (and the front porch!). I'm loving the new front door, and I'm actually so glad the floor project was an excuse to change it out.
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