Monday, April 15, 2013

Screen Door to the Basement

Going to the basement used to be annoying.  Who would design a house and put 7 doors in a tiny tiny tiny hallway?  I don't have the answer but if you do please share.

We thought it would be easy to find an old screen door to replace door numero uno.  Everyone has those fancy storm doors these days so there is a surplus of screen doors somewhere.  We looked after work last Friday at some junk/thrift shops and didn't find one door under $75.  One booth had a cool black door that had redone but was being used a message center.  She tried to sell it to us but thought we were cray when we said we were going to use it as an actual door.  *Astonishing* Using a door for a door.  That's crazy talk.

I got on Craigslist and found one for $20 and arranged to pick it up. We cut it to size Saturday afternoon.  Painted it and sanded Sunday. The project wasn't easy and it's still not 100% but close enough that I can show you.  Enjoy!  

Here is our tight space before...
 Without the door... not bad but we don't want Q running up and down the stairs all night.

Attempt numero uno on cutting the door to the correct size.  Forget that... it took forever and alot of sanding.  I still need to sand more off the sides this weekend. My arm hurts thinking about it.

 Painting attempt 1 Saturday evening... then it started to get really windy and I had to finish inside on Sunday.
Today we got 6 or 7 inches of snow so I was able to clean it up and take photos.  Like?

It fulfilled our need.  We now have air circulating between the floors, you don't have to guess what's behind door number 1, and it's not wide open for Quincy to roam free.

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