The doors. The piΓ¨ce de rΓ©sistance of this mini home makeover project. When we decided to paint, we originally thought we’d just paint the front room. But then, where would we stop? So we decided to continue into the hallway…and then the eating area…and we might as well paint the kitchen.

It’s funny how once you update one part of your home, you realize how yucky the other parts look. So I broached the topic of replacing all our hollow, plain front doors with much more sophisticated and modern panel front doors. Since we were replacing all the bedroom doors, we might as well replace all those awful bifold doors with double doors. See how one project rolls into another and another and another project?


Anyway, these doors presented pros and cons. Pro: they are inexpensive. I think each door ran about $20. They are easy to paint. And once installed, they look fabulous. And…that’s about it for pros.

The downside? I hope you have a partner as handy as my poker-table building husband because these things are not easy to install. Well, maybe if the walls in your house are actually straight, you wouldn’t have as much difficulty. But working with a 1958 rambler presented many challenges.

It took several days to install these doors because Dan had to first fit them, then take them off for me to paint them, and then put them back on. This process resulted in much mess and gnashing of teeth. And swearing.

But, the result? Oh so lovely. These doors totally changed how I view this house. I didn’t realize how ugly our old doors looked until Dan installed the last door, and I saw the hallway completely transformed.


Swoon. These doors make me feel so regal. And now I am on a quest to erradicate all bifold doors from my life. Watch out, all you hunks of MDF, your days are numbered.


Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.