It's lovely and adds a bit of grandeur to our modest little home, and while I totally adore it, it did make the idea of adding a door quite impossible.
At first anyway.
Our last cottage was super sweet, but essentially one large space, kitchen, dining and living room, all combined. I learned very quickly that open floor plans were not for me. I liked being separated from the kids' tv choices and they did not want to hear my phone conversations while I cooked.
So I was thrilled with the floor plan of our current home when I first saw it. There were a few tiny rooms where everyone could find a little peace if necessary and one large kitchen area for togetherness, if we desired.
And that's just how it worked out, until the piano arrived. And the guitars. And the bass...and ukulele. Oh yes, and the microphones.
My living room, became a music room and in a house with very limited square footage, sound travels everywhere.
We needed a door.
Unfortunately, that archway was a giant impediment. Custom doors for a less than perfect arched doorway, that was created long before building permits and inspectors existed, were way more than we were willing to pay.
Off the shelf ones did not exist. So my husband and I put our heads together and came up with a solution that solved our problem for a price we were super happy about.
Ok, so here's what we did.
We knew that we wanted glass French doors leading into the living room. I wanted the room to feel open and accessible to the rest of the house, but the only glass doors at the store were rectangular and we did not need corners.
But there was plenty of wood to do that at the bottom.
A simple flip and we were set to go.
We called the manufacturer to make sure that the door was solid and not hollow ~ because that wouldn't work. When we got confirmation, we got busy.
To make sure the arch was perfect, my husband used a large piece of cardboard and created a template of the doorway.
He traced it on the doors and cut the wood with his saw.
He's the big DIY doer around here folks. I'm just the creative dreamer. The closest I get to a power tool is my sewing machine and even there I have mixed results.
Once the doors had been cut to the proper size and shape, he prepared the arch by adding a PVC stop moulding. The PVC is very flexible, so it bent around the arch with ease. He nailed it into place and filled the nail holes with wood putty.
Then he added hinges and hung the doors. Our doors open into the room, so they are mounted on that side of the arch.
I picked out some pretty knobs and that was that.
Well, almost that...
The door sat unpainted for about a year. Or two.
The archway had been painted many years before we moved in, so the doors needed to match. Eventually he took them down and painted them on sawhorses in the garage.
It was neither a quick nor easy job, so I handed that one over to him as well. And look ma, no tape. Is this guy talented or what?
In the end, we got a fabulous set of custom wood French doors for our living room archway just by flipping two stock doors upside down.
And I think they look that way, too.
Now, when I want to listen to music, I just open the doors and let the sound drift through the house.
And when I don't.
Well. You know.
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