New doors were NEEDED so badly, and it’s not exactly a cheap venture ---we wanted something that was more energy efficient.
Our “old” front door has probably been here since the house was built in the 1970s. HEAVY solid wood ---a bit warped with time and weather, no paint job was going to fix it to where it needed to be.
And because it was a solid wood door –it made the inside of my house “that much” darker ---I have bungalow/cottage style house with a covered front porch and loads of trees so the front of the house is shady anyway – it makes the front room of the house seem always dark to me ---I wanted a front door with a WINDOW to let in more natural light.
This is the door I chose after much deliberation. And yes --- there is still a paper label STUCK to that window – why do they DO THAT?!
The old door is gone, the new one installed and I had chosen a reddish brown paint job that should stand the test of time and the change of “in vogue colors”.
Come on inside and you can see how much that light through the door is going to help my front entrance way! Isn’t the leaded glass pattern pretty?
I love the basket quilt that hangs in my front hall – and the shelf of little collected “stuff” above it.
From the hall looking toward the door --
I like it. Let that light IN!
The back door is nothing special, but I wanted a door with a bigger window there to let in more light at the opposite end of the hall:
Stickers still in place here too!
I preferred one big window not divided into smaller panes for ease of cleaning! I wanted a clear view not divided up into smaller squares.
View from the back deck, which was a project this summer.
The most FUNNY thing that happened yesterday ---We’ve lived in this house almost 5 years. The house is 35 years old, and there are wires and connectors and things that have been here since before we moved in…and there was always this “emergency” button over the front door. It looked like a door bell button.
The guy says – what is this button – and do you still want it?
I said –We’ve been here 5 years and I don’t think that is functional, go ahead and remove it.
He cut the wire and all these LOUD sirens and alarms started going off throughout the house – and even OUTSIDE! OH. MY. GOODNESS!!
Kind of like those annoying car alarms ---it was enough to scare off an intruder, but it wasn’t connected to a service or anything ---we had to find the junction box – which was hidden in the front coat closet, and remove wires one by one by one to get the thing to shut up! It was BLARING outside – like there must be speakers in the vent space in the attic up against the outside of the house or something….HOLY. COW!
Good thing this didn’t happen at night. We were never told that this was a functioning alarm when we moved in, we didn’t know a pass code or anything…it had never worked before. I think when he went to snip the wire it woke up and decided to do its business –LOL!
Always an adventure, I tell you!
And speaking of adventure ---I’m hoping to head off to Charlotte this morning. Jason and I are trying to meet up at IKEA – I need new book cases, and maybe a new office chair, and we’ll do some Christmas shopping for him too since I don’t know what he needs. I’m just waiting for his call to tell me WHEN and if it will work with his schedule today!