New Wardrobe Doors

Today, I had to get up at oh-not-so-dark-thirty (8:00) to go to Home Depot for lumber and hardware in preparation for the carpenter’s arrival at 10(ish). She would then have three and a half hours to give Miranda her most needed makeover.

I have complained many times about the evil sliding wardrobe doors. Enough was enough! 😀

They are no more!!!

Soon as the carpenter got to work, I knew I’d made the right choice in hiring someone to do this job for me. It was as fussy a job as I’d expected it would be and she saw things I would have missed.

I got most of the materials at Home Depot this morning but wound up needing just one more piece for the doorjamb. I found something of suitable dimensions, but quite ugly, in Croft’s scrap bin. The carpenter set to work on it with a sander and the results were astonishing! Having the right tools is definitely the first step to a successful renovation project.

Total cost for the wardrobe doors was $186, not counting the handles, which I had on hand from a previous project that didn’t come to fruition. I’ve been hanging on to them for a long time and am glad to finally put them to use! I have lots more of the same style and will be using them for another project. They compliment the pulls on the cabinet doors, too.

I decided to put three sets of hinges on each door panel to reduce the chance of them warping and to make it possible to hang things from the inside without worrying too much about weight. While I could have bought brass hinges that would have exactly matched the cabinet hinges, I went for a rubbed bronze finish. I really hate the brassy colour of the hinges and was going to be spray painting them when I paint the cabinets, so I decided to just go with the darker coloured hinges for the wardrobe to save myself that work later on.

I’m going to live without the mirrors for a bit before deciding whether or not to install some on the front of the new doors.

There are a few minor adjustments to make because we were down to the wire; the right-side door sticks a bit because the ceiling sags and does not latch tightly. I suspect that both problems are due to the rig not being exactly level, so I’ll wait before doing the necessary sanding. Otherwise, the doors are perfect and I am beyond ecstatic! Once I get all the cabinetry painted, they’ll blend right in.

Oh, and the new doors weigh approximately a tenth of the old doors. I’ve gained yet more carrying capacity! It’s all been on the same side, so I’m hoping that I might be able to add to my battery bank. I’ll know that once I’ve reweighed Miranda.

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  • Rae,

    I am so motivated by your remodeling of your rig. It tells me that it is possible to change things to your liking, and that a woman alone CAN do it. Sometimes you may choose to hire help, but that’s OK.


  • She did a nice job. Now you have one whole closet instead of two half closets. It looks like the old mirrors are too large to be recycled onto the new doors. Lighter weight mirrors are available and could be cut to size if you decide to go that route.

  • Merikay, sometimes you just have to learn to delegate. 🙂

    Croft, she did a superb job. She had a real eye for detail.

    The old mirrors are fully integrated in the super heavy doors and are not recyclable.

    I can get nice, framed, lightweight mirrors in exactly the right size at Walmart for ten bucks each. I just don’t know yet if I want to replace the mirrors because (hey, there are three deer wandering up at the top of the hill!!!) I find that mirrors make me feel like I’m living in a pimpmobile.

  • Say “Hi” to the deer for me. I think their names are Moe, Larry and Curly. Actually, Norma says, “Get them the H**l away from my flowers!!!” 😉

  • I shall say hi. And the deer have not come anywhere near Norma’s flowers!

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