DIY Takes Time


Stepping out of my comfort zone on this Friday to show
y'all what's been going on behind the scenes here at our house.

I decided to refinish the front door myself because the estimate 
from the professional was $300.

What??!!
How hard could it be?

restaining front door

Well it's really not hard but it's more steps and more time consuming than 
I ever would have imagined.

I have moaned to myself...
Yes, you have to sand again. No, you can't skip that step.
But I hate the sanding part...it messes up my nails.


restaining front door

I have persevered through the steps and today is the day
we will get to rehang the door.

Hallelujah!
We've been air conditioning our neighborhood since last Saturday.


DIY for us takes time, patience, research, and a direct phone line to
my dad. There's so much satisfaction though. 

It also takes the willingness to accept something slightly less than perfection.
In this house we have planked walls, changed light fixtures, painted a room, refinished the door,
and done lots of gardening in 3 years.

Projects like these make a new house feel like your own place.
Don't you think?


We have been keeping the burglars out with plywood, a dog gate, and layers of plants.
Our HOA will probably send us a letter fussing about the condition of our porch. 

You wouldn't mind if you were my next door neighbor...would you?

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34 comments

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Bless your heart... that's quite an undertaking! Hope the restoration of the door goes smoothly! It's so buggy around here, I'd be worrying more about them (and other creatures), than the burglars getting in, lol! ~Rhonda

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

A huge job, but I am sure it will be worth it in the end! Love your temporary front door :-)

Lori said...

I hate the sanding part too. But will be well worth all your effort! Hey at least you spruced up the front porch with plants. No one should complain.

Lisa said...

Can't wait to see what color you paint it! All that hard work I know it will be gorgeous!

Lynda Brandly said...

I laughed, Stacey, but only because I really sympathize with you! What a project! It sounds like you did it the right way. We recently got a new front door but I had repainted our old front door several times. You should have just added some pumpkins to your front porch and told the neighbors you were going 'rustic' for Fall! I hope it turns out beautifully!
Have a great weekend!
Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

Susan Freeman said...

You have lot's more nerve than I do. Can't wait to see the big reveal!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

HA HA! If I were walking by and saw that door I'd think to myself " I"ll bet she has 15 cats inside" :)

Kim said...

Wow! I am so impressed and you always say that you are not a DIY girl! This was a MAJOR DIY. I can't wait to see the finished product, although, I have to say, you even manage to make plywood look pretty!

Art and Sand said...

DIY does take time and I am not patient.

I want to see your door!

Kathleen Grace said...

I wouldn't mind being your neighbor one bit! I'm a DIY girl myself, (although truly, sometimes I jus want to hire someone else to do it!).
I think most of us could do a lot of things ourselves, but it's the time factor that stops us. It's going to look great and you are going to be proud of yourself and the money you saved every time you look at it :)

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

That fortress in the front entry is brilliant! Now I have NO excuse not to fix my front door too. Looking forward to seeing the end result! Get it girl :)

20 North Ora said...

I had the same thoughts when I was doing my remodeling. Stacks of sheetrock pieces in the driveway, boxes from appliances, etc. I kept expecting the neighbors to say something. But, being the great neighbors that they are, there was no complaints.

Your door will be gorgeous.

Judy

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

It will all be worth it in the end! Can't wait to see it finished!!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Good for you doing it yourself! I did mine last year and it is a lot of work...but worth it!

Benita Roberts said...

Girl, you are so much more patient than me!! I know it was time consuming and can't wait to see the door when it is back and place! And your makeshift burglar alarm looks beautiful! :-)

Katie Mansfield said...

I hate sanding too. Sometimes it is just easier to call in the pros. Can't wait to see your door.

Cozy Little House said...

I'd love to have you for a next door neighbor! I remember some months ago deciding to paint the inside of my apartment door. I took off the knobs, and was stuck in my apartment all weekend because I couldn't open the door!
Brenda

Oliva Ohlson said...

I admire your ability to take on this task! I'm a wimp when it comes to these types of renovations. I can't wait to see your new updated door!!!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I'm really looking forward to seeing how it turns out, Stacey!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stacey, I know your efforts will be gorgeous. Can't wait to see it!
Have a great weekend. cm

Junkchiccottage said...

Good Morning Stacey,
Your efforts will be so worth it. That door is going to be gorgeous.
Kris

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Our front door gets direct afternoon sunlight, so we have to refinish it every few years. We've never taken it off the hinges though. Maybe we're doing it wrong? All we do is use an electric sander for a quick sand down, then immediately apply a gel stain specifically made for exterior doors. After the stain dries for about an hour, we put a coat of poly on it. The whole process just takes a few hours. My sister in law had her door done professionally and it was around $300 and she still has to have it done every two years. Ugh. So much upkeep to keep things looking pretty, huh? :)

Gypsy Heart said...

I think you did a great job with the plywood, gate and plants! Who would want to disturb that? I know refinishing the door is a huge challenge but I'm sure it's gorgeous! Anxious to see it ~

xo
Pat

Carolyn @ Our Gilded Abode said...

Can't wait to see the refinished door! It's a lot of work, but am sure it will be gorgeous!

Nancy's Notes said...

I can't wait to see the end result! I'm sure all the time and work will be well worth it! HOA, pfftt! I would not mind at all!

handmade by amalia said...

I'm with you, Stacey. I'm so happy when I've don't something myself, especially a project that takes me out of my comfort zone. Not always perfect, but so satisfying :-)
Amalia
xo

Jen Ham said...

I know, I hate sanding as well because it messes up my nails! I truly like to do things myself indeed! I know it will look amazing! xoxo Jen

Kelly said...

I'm sure you will be so glad when you can put your front door back on! We were lucky and had our painters do our front door for us. They took it off the hinges and placed it on some saw horses on our drive way. They stained it a darker color for us and hung it back up. We had plastic hanging in our doorway during that time but they were able to get it done in one day. Whew! I'm sure your door is going to look great when it's done.

Vel Criste said...

Kudos to you Stacey for tackling such an important project, but in the end, I'm sure it will be all worthwhile, can't wait to see you all done!

Mar C @mypaintbucketlist.com said...

Lol, Stacey! I know you are ready to have that project behind you! It is a huge job! I'm very impressed. It's going to look fab when you are finished! And just think of how many pairs of shoes $300 will buy! Xoxo

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I am sure the door is going to be amazing!....Yes, the costs for painting and refinishing are crazy!!

Rhondi said...

That is quite a project!! Looks like it turned out well.

Deserae said...

I can't wait to see your door!!!! When I got to the last photo I was thinking to myself, "I wonder how many people tried to knock on her door despite all the efforts to keep them away from it?". LOL!!!!!
~Des

Doreen@househoneys said...

I have to laugh at that door Stacey! Look at it this way...you've got no where to go but up :).

I agree about diy'ing. Things always take longer, are harder, and cost more than they should. But it's worth it. (Or maybe we're just masochists).