When One Door Closes, Another One Opens

On our Christmas break list (alright, my Christmas break list) included sanding and staining the closet doors in the spare bedroom and in our room.  It was one of those projects where I thought “no big deal.  I’ll take the doors down, batta-bing, batta- boom.”  Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.  After Adam took a look at the doors, he realized the doors were pretty red and the possibility of the doors taking stain would not be very good.  Never-the-less, the project didn’t prove to be very difficult.

Why would I want to add another list to our never ending home improvement list?  Because our closet doors looked like this:


Notice how they look grimy?  No?  How about this look?



Our first stop was to head over to old Nard Dogs (aka Menards) while we were in Wichita one afternoon.  We picked up two boards of birch plywood and made sure they were the straightest boards we could find.  This meant we had to move a few boards out of the way to get the boards we wanted for our project.  This was our only item on our list for this project.  We already had the stain (Honey by Minwax.  Does that sound like a song to anyone else?) and the finish on hand from our basement door project.

Once we brought the boards back, we dropped them off at the high school’s wood shop.  We are very fortunate to be able to utilize this space.  Adam ripped both boards in half.  So each board of plywood was for each set of closet doors.  Once the boards were cut, Adam sanded the rough parts of the boards, wiped down with a cloth, and began applying the stain.

After two coats of stain were applied and the finish was dry, the boards were brought back to the house.  This is where the pictures start.  🙂


Again, dark wood tones on white trim.  Love.

We used the old rail and tracks from our old doors.  Why fix something that wasn’t broken, right?  Adam simply removed the tracks from the old doors and reattached them to the new doors.


Then it came time to hang both sets of doors back up on the rails.  And…voila!!


A lot classier than orange-toned, nail ridden, can’t-get-them-cleaned-no-matter-how-hard-I-try old doors.

Thanks, babe!!


What have you been shakin’ up?

5 thoughts on “When One Door Closes, Another One Opens

  1. Amy says:

    We did white trim throughout our whole house, but then all the doors and door jambs are stained wood. Our builder wasn’t sure about it and one of the workers asked me about it one time (said she had never seen anyone do that on a house they built) but we really like it! We’ve gotten lots of compliments on it! Glad to know we’re not alone! 🙂

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