2 Door Install Date Night

>> Monday, December 3, 2012

This weekend Michael and I celebrated the one year mark since our first date and also one month of living under the same roof, so of course we had to celebrate. What better way to honor the occasion than with dinner, a bottle of wine and a two-man DIY project? Nothing says ‘Happy Anniversary’ to my heart like ripping out a 50 year old laundry room door and installing a brand spanking new one.

With the laundry room reno underway and the hot water heater relocated to allow a future doorway connecting the kitchen to the laundry room, the next to-do on the list was to install new exterior doors to the laundry room.

Note: Don’t psych yourself up for sweet step-by-step how-to pictures since the majority of this DIY was spent making sure the door didn’t fall and smash one of us which doesn’t lend itself well to snapping progress pics.

This sad little door was well past its prime and the first step was to remove the door from its hinges and tear out the entire frame with our exceptional crowbar technique.

Laundry Before_10

(This is where I would normally insert a demo pic, but Michael and I must have been more concerned about keeping the soles of our feet free of rusty nails.)

Next, we were off to pick up three new exterior doors. Two for the laundry room and one for the kitchen entrance from the carport.

Photo Dec 01, 2 10 40 PMIMG_6144
The good news is we only had one hiccup with this install. The pre-fab trim around the new door frame was one inch too wide to fit in the demo-ed opening.


Using our trusty crowbar, we carefully removed the trim so that the door would fit.


Once the door was in place, we literally just followed the directions included with the door to secure it into place.


We still have to fill the small gaps around the frame with insulation and finish out with trim and paint, but how’s that for romance? A safe and secure laundry room door for two.

Cara Signature


Rosemary H. December 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM  

Oh man. Aaron and I do a lot of DIY projects together, but replacing doors was the only time I feared he might actually break up with me. I kept going to Home Depot for things like screws and planers and coming home with (oops) 5 more doors.


Cara @ Live the Home Life December 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM  

Oh, man! Just read your post and counting my blessings! Your doors look awesome and were definitely worth the headache.

I do think that our install went (relatively) smoothly because the door was already attached to the frame and all we had to do was pop it into place and secure. We still have two more to install though so I better go find some wood and knock on it.


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