We’re on an exterior mission to fix up the house’s curb appeal before we lease the house. Here is step one!
It’s pretty sad and pitiful, isn’t it? We heard from several of our neighbors that this door had been “knocked in” by the previous owners. Something about being a foreclosure and them trying to get in and “steal” things from the bank (like the kitchen sink and all of the appliances). Pretty sure they won “Homeowner of the Year” award in a parallel universe. Oh, and we still haven’t traded out the Sheriff’s Locks on this bad boy. We’ve been rocking the two toned handles since 2009! Pretty sure we win “Homeowner of the Year” in this universe – haha!
But as if all of that weren’t bad enough, the door also faces west and gets all of the prevailing winds and moisture from our rainy Pacific Northwest winters. Once it’s wet, the sun comes out and bakes it so up close it’s looking a little more like this:
…in other words, kind of warped, damaged and dried out from the sun. We kind of hemmed and hawed around repairing this door for awhile for God knows why. First it was because we thought we would need a handyman or carpenter to repair it because it looked like it was “out of true” and we wanted to try and salvage it. The door looked crooked in the frame but after breaking out our level and straight edges we realized it was the casement that was crooked and not the door – haha! Classic. Reminded me of that Shel Silverstein poem about the kid who has wavy hair and eventually shaves it all off only to discover he just has a wavy head. Well, we definitely weren’t going to tackle repairing the casements (that takes a calibre of skill that neither of us have and a can of worms that we didn’t have handy). So that kind of gave way to the fact that we could go ahead and try refinishing the door and then seeing what happens. After all, replacing this door is not an option. It’s a full 8′ tall and as expensive as they come so may as well try to give it some spit polish…
So we removed the door:
…which gave Maggie a perfect perch to monitor all of the goings on:
…and then Dr. J got to sanding it down so it was smooth as a baby’s behind – literally took like 20 minutes:
…then it was into our secret stash of stains and paints and we found a leftover stain from….mystery project? It may have been leftover from when we finished the Ikea Countertops for our desk in the office but we really don’t remember. In other words – it was free.
Then we let it dry, sanded, poly-ed, sanded, poly-ed, replaced the door hardware and VOILA!
How’s that for some updated curb appeal? Not bad for a quick weekend project that only cost us the cash to replace the locks. Is it perfect? No. But we’re renting this house from here on out so it doesn’t have to be perfect for us. It just has to look good! And since we’ve purchased a nice storm door to protect it, we’re hoping that this finish will be nice and protected from the elements – fingers crossed.