Monday you saw the refreshed hallway and now I need your help with a decision I’ve been waffling about. I don’t love our exterior door. I thought paint might help, but I found a photo of a similar door, side by side with a more modern door (both painted the same cheery colour), and I’m still feeling a little meh about it:
As a reminder, here’s our actual door:
If money were no object I’d replace the door with a Crestview door, to imbue our 1990s bungalow with the mid-century inspired simplicity I’m inching toward.
|Door 1, 2, 3|
We’re thinking of eventually turning the carport (behind the door) into an enclosed garage, so our main entrance might, quite literally, not see the light of day. In that case, a cheap, simple option would be great. I found a plain slab door that rings in at about $300 (we need two). But the window-less door will certainly darken the hallway, and our garage plans might never come to fruition anyway.
There’s another window-less version that’s really popular at the hardware store and it’s much cheaper. The ABM studio recently got one and they painted it turquoise (I’m drooling over here). I love the colour, obviously, but the differently sized panels totally make me twitch. Why can’t they be the same size?!? I literally see someone buying one of these doors every time I venture out for reno supplies. I could probably even snag one in the classifieds for even less.
|A Beautiful Mess|
In our city, I have yet to find a plain door with a window. It’s an elusive combo. All I can find are doors that are incredibly ornate or traditional looking – even the plain slab I finally tracked down is a special order.
The miserly part of me says “just paint the door you have!” while the optimist says “don’t waste time and money on a temporary fix – hold out for the one“! You know my style and my vision for the lakehouse, so what do my lovely readers say?
EDIT: Wow, thanks so much for answering the survey I originally had embedded here. So many responses!! I appreciate you taking the time to weigh in. These were the results:
Paint our existing door = 75.53%
Buy and paint the cheap paneled door = 2.13%
Buy and paint a plain slab door = 2.13% (what are the odds?)
Keep questing = 20.21%
I think that, for now, I’m going to go with the majority and paint our existing door. We have no shortage of projects to tackle this summer – some of them quite pricey – so our budget will appreciate an inexpensive solution. But like so many suggested, I’ll keep my eye out for “the one,” or maybe next year we can build a custom door like some readers proposed – I think we’re up for the challenge! Thanks so much for all of your feedback!!