Tuesday, January 29, 2013
You can see the door here on the left side of the photo in all of its natural wood glory.
Why do I want a dutch door, you might be wondering. Well, I'm glad you asked. Our kitchen is sort of the doggy isolation area when we get back from our daily river walks. You see, my dogs love to swim in the river that we walk along, so most days I return home with two dirty, wet, happy swamp monsters for dogs. See exhibit A:
Of course, turning a door into a dutch door was not as easy as I had hoped it would be. (Is anything?) Making the actual cut was simple: a friend came over and did that for me with a circular saw. After cutting the door in two, I was left with a top half, which already had 2 hinges, and a bottom half with only 1 hinge. The top could be rehung right away, but I needed to install a second hinge on the bottom before it would be functional.
I won't go into the gory details of installing hinges, but let's just say that it's not one of my talents. If you ever decide to give it a try, I have one word for you: precision. Be precise! The hinge placement- both on the door and on the door frame- can't be just "good enough". It has to be exactly, precisely correct. Or else you get a wonky door. Which won't go back on its hinge. Ask me how I know that. Go ahead- ask.
Anyway, after some trial and error, I was able to successfully add a hinge to the bottom half. So, I had a door, cut in two, which now had two hinges on the top and two hinges on the bottom.
Once all the paint was finally dry, I was super excited to rehang the door and finally get to see all of my hard work pay off. Picture me springing out of bed last Saturday morning (this alone is noteworthy, as I am not a morning person) ready to *finally* pop the door back onto its hinges and fall in love. Now picture my disappointment as I discovered that 7 coats of primer/paint can really affect how a door fits into its opening. It wouldn't fit. Not even close. Cue the violins, and give me some cheese for my whine. 'Cause I was super disappointed. Back to the drawing board.
But, you know what they say: where there's a will, there's a way! And, will has never been something I've been short on. I pulled out my palm sander, and showed that door who's boss! I sanded down the edge of the door (on the door knob side, not the hinge side) until it closed without hitting. And, I also ended up needing to recess the strike plate on the door jam a touch further. But, once it was all said and done, I was left with a fabulous and wonderful dutch door.
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