In case you missed it, I shared the “before” tour of our front entryway earlier this week and chatted about all the updates we will be doing over the coming year, little by little. First on the list was giving the closet a makeover by adding new doors and trim!
I had mentioned in my neutral farmhouse-style gallery wall post a few weeks ago that the set of bi-fold closet doors we had picked out for our front entryway (to replace the original hollow-core sliding doors that were pretty worn) were just a few inches too wide for the closet opening. A few inches. Yup.
We had considered looking for different doors, but the problem was that we wanted to use the same style door throughout the entire house for consistency, and we had already used this type of door in both our fireplace room and half bath remodels. Plus, they are pretty darn affordable. I really didn’t want to have to spend quite a bit more just to get a door in that exact width. Can you feel me?
So what we ended up doing as a “fix” was removing the trim and part of the inner door frame on either side, and replacing it with a thinner piece of leftover drywall. That helped to shave off a few inches. Maybe not the most conventional way to do it, but it works (and saved us a decent amount of money!).
Basically, what I had worried would turn into a bigger project, ended up being as simple as that. I think that might be the first time I can say that with one of our home reno projects! I’ll take it.
Once we had the wider door frame in place, we added new trim around the door opening to finish it off, and spackled all of the holes and uneven surfaces.
I painted both the doors and trim with BM White Dove in semi-gloss. The walls were already painted with Behr Recycled Glass in eggshell, so I just touched that up around the closet area and in any places where there were scuff marks.
The inside of the closet was a whooole ‘nother story… I mean, I don’t think the previous owner had ever really cleaned anything in this house, and honestly we just never got around to giving it a deep cleaning (minus vacuuming and whatnot).
So I went to town with vacuuming/mopping the floors, wiping down the walls and just sprucing it up in general so that I could start with a fresh, clean slate (literally), and then painted the walls with BM White Dove in eggshell.
We added these aged bronze cabinet pulls to the closet doors! Same as the ones we used in our fireplace room (and on our kitchen cabinets, of course!). I seriously love them. When I first picked them out, Matt and my dad were a little hesitant about how cabinet pulls would work out being used on a closet door, but honestly I prefer them to regular old knobs. Plus, it really helps tie everything together between the different rooms. A win in my book.
The shelf in there is just a thin, metal material that screams 1960s to me (because, well, it is). I didn’t see the point in actually replacing it at this point, especially since it doesn’t even show unless the closet doors are open. So for now, I just gave it a quick coat of paint with Behr Recycled Glass, and it actually worked wonders. I love easy, affordable (read: free) fixes like that. Definitely my kind of thing. I also had a few sturdy wire baskets sitting around that I added to the top shelf for extra storage.
Now that the closet area is all finished, we’re going to be focusing on the other items that are still left on our to-do list for the front entryway makeover – most of which I’m hoping will get done over the coming weeks (let’s be real… it may be a few months, with this warm weather we’ve got going on!).
Overall, we still need to:
- replace the front door
- fix and/or replace all trim and baseboard molding
- replace the outdated, gold “boob” light
- install new flooring (leaning toward vintage-y tile)
- replace the wrought iron railing
But not all of that will get done this year. We like to tackle a few projects at a time, and usually only one big project each year, so that we can afford to pay along the way and not take out any reno loans. It may test my patience at times, but it is so worth it in the end and pushes us to be content with and love our home the way it is now.
Our first priority is going to be replacing the front door, trim/baseboard molding and that lovely “boob” light. I think it will look so much more inviting with just those few simple changes. And then, a little down the road (probably over next winter), we will deal with the flooring and railing situation.
I’m still torn on whether to replace the wrought iron railing with a classic wooden railing to match the one we installed in our fireplace room (and what will eventually replace the wrought iron railing on our main staircase), or to build a half wall with a built-in bookcase on the other side that faces the living room. Hmm… decisions, decisions. Anyway… if we can get to those last two projects this year, that would just be an awesome bonus.
Oh, and I know I’ve kind of gone all MIA on the fireplace room remodel, so I’ll be getting another blog post up on that soon. And sharing a few other furniture projects I’ve been working on lately. Pinky promise.
- (2) bi-fold closet doors – Lowe’s
- (2) aged bronze cabinet pulls – Lowe’s
- primed door trim – Lowe’s
- square wire baskets – Marshalls (already had on hand)
- patterned entryway rug – Target (already had on hand)