Sunday, March 14, 2010

Your Opinions On The Door...

First, I have to start by saying that I loved reading all of your comments on my door dilemma.

A few of you threw out ideas that I hadn't even considered. So thank you for helping me explore all of my options.


Second, you all are an opinionated bunch.

:)

And I love you that way.


I will happily agree with every one of you that the door is fabulous just the way it is. There are definitely plenty of other directions that we could go to use this door in a unique way. Another reason why two, three...57 heads are better than one! I won't be making a single cut until I'm absolutely sure that we're using it in the best possible way for us.


Let's get on with how your opinions stacked up...

55 of you weighed in on the question of whether or not we should turn our new FREE STUFF door into a dutch door for our laundry room and cut out some of the panels to let the light pour out from the window in that room.

Almost every single one of you answered with a "yes" and then in the same sentence, also a "no".

Here is the breakdown:

17 of you said - Yes! You should absolutely turn it into a Dutch Door!

6 of you said - No! A Dutch Door is not right for that location.

13 of you said - Light is good! Remove all of the panels and replace them with plexi-glass to get the maximum amount of light.

2 of you said - Replace only the top 2 individual panels with plexi.

4 of you said - Replace only the top 4 individual panels with plexi.

5 of you said - Cut out the interior from the top 4 panels and replace it with one big sheet of plexi making one large window.

3 of you said - Don't touch it! The door is great just as it is.

4 of you said - Use it for a different project - not as a traditional door at all.



A few of my favorite comments:


"Well I love the look and function of a dutch door, you can just throw the dirty laundry through the open top half!! Couldn't you add a strip of wood trim on the bottom edge and attempt to get it to match the finish...somehow?...to fix the height issue? Whatever you decide to do I know it will be wonderful. I love the mix of old and new here."

Janell from Isabella & Max Rooms


Yes, Janell, we're on the same page! Just toss the laundry through the top half into the hamper! And I'm with you, the mix of old and new is the best part in my opinion.



"I love the dutch door idea. Leave the top 1/2 open during the day, close it for company. If your piles of laundry are higher than the bottom 1/2 of the door, you may want to get in there and do a load but otherwise - I love it. Plus, you can just pitch the clothes thru the top without having to open a door. I think it's brilliant and would be fabulous. Give it a try!"

Terri from Chocolates For Breakfast


This one made me laugh out loud! Very true, Terri - if the piles were higher than the bottom half of the door, we wouldn't even be able to open the door! That would be a problem. My "mountains" of laundry aren't that bad, but they certainly aren't very pretty to look at!


And this one from Nicole who said:

"I think a dutch door would be fine. To minimize the gap between the door and the floor you could put in a little ledge at the split of the door that would make up the difference. Like this: Weather Shield Dutch Door"


LOVE that ledge!

Thanks for the link, Nicole!



Several of you asked which way the door would swing and I'm assuming that's because of the way this picture looks:


The hinges are sitting on the outside of the door frame only because the existing laundry room door is still in place. The best we could do to see how it would look is to open the laundry room door and simply prop the new door into place. So no worries - it would swing into the laundry room, just like the current door does now. When the top half is open it will be inside the laundry room. We wouldn't do it if the only option caused it to block off access to the kitchen or become hazardous to little foreheads.

The issue of paint came up, and honestly, I have no idea if it is painted with lead paint or not. When we first picked it up off the side of the road I had every intention to repaint it. But once we propped it into place, I saw how perfect the existing color is in our home. I would simply put polyurethane over the top to give it a good seal and ensure that the possibility of paint coming off wasn't an option.

In my quest to find the "right answer" (not actually believing that there is such a thing), I came across one photo in particular that helped solidify my own personal opinion. A $6000 kitchen remodel (I know! Awesome, right? You have to see the "before" picture) found on This Old House, that incorporated, among plenty of other things that I love, a dutch door. This home is similar to our layout in that the dutch door sits in a spot where it is flanked by an open doorway and is right off the kitchen...

I love it!

What I also found, is that there are no hard and fast rules about where a dutch door should or should not be used. Originally the purpose of a Dutch Door was to keep farm animals out of the house while still allowing fresh air to circulate into the home. These days Dutch Doors are making an appearance on the inside of homes, as much as they used to appear on the outside. I found this write up from Jeld-wen. Here's just a bit of what they had to say on the subject:

"The Dutch door is also finding new uses inside the home in rooms ranging from family areas to utility rooms. According to JELD-WEN, the reason Dutch doors are moving inside has as much to do with style as functionality.

For example, using a Dutch door for the laundry room allows homeowners the option of leaving the top of the door open to promote better ventilation or easily closing it to help block noise when appliances are running.

Maximizing light and a sense of spaciousness are very important to builders and homeowners. Dutch doors are great because they provide desirable configuration options that allow for some privacy and visual separation without completely blocking off rooms,” said Mesiel. “It’s a great idea from a classic style whose time has definitely come again.”


I suppose the bottom line for me is that, in our home, the way that we use the space and where it is located, makes for a great spot for a Dutch Door. And because it is right off of the kitchen (the heart of our home) it will be a unique feature that offers a whole lot of character to a space that is closed off, dark and architecturally, a bit uninspiring.

As far as cutting out the panels to add plexi-glass, so that we can have a light filled hallway even when the door is closed...

ok, I'll admit, I'm struggling with this one. I would love to cut out the top 4 panels and replace them with plexi. Or, like Col, from A Mix Of Scrap, said:

"I would cut out the whole top part (all 4 panels and the middle + in between them) and put plexiglass in that. Tons of light, and you can either leave it as a regular door, OR cut it in half have your Dutch door. Either way, lots o' light :)"

Will and I read this, looked at each other and said "Why didn't we think of that?"

It is definitely do-able. And it would look great. And it would give us tons of light. And, overall, it would be easier than cutting out two, or even four, individual panels.

But I hesitate to do it because I'm afraid that the door will lose too much of it's time worn character if we cut out that much of the door.

As it stands now, that part will just have to remain a "wait and see".

Hopefully we can work on this project over the course of the next week and before long have a "Big Reveal" to show you what became of the FREE STUFF door.


Again, thank you so much for all of your thoughts and opinions!

I'm always open to hear what you have to say, so keep the comments coming.

I love hearing from you!




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9 comments:

Misty said...

So I know I said nay to the Dutch door in the previous post, but I totally get it now. I love the red door in the kitchen picture you used! I'm still in favor or cutting out the top 4 panels for plexi/light. And decorative trim at the bottom, maybe matching your baseboards, depending on what you have, is a great idea to make up the difference in height. Can't wait to see what you end up doing!

lkjatl said...

Didnt get to weigh in the first time, but I love the door! First, you can test the paint for lead if you are concerned (might save you having to seal it as well if it isn't lead based paint), they have the kits at Lowes and Home Depot. Second, love the dutch door idea...I would either cut out only the 4 panels and add glass, or cut all 4 panels plus in-between and add clear glass with an etched monogram in the middle.

Vanessa said...

Love your find and the fact that your blogging friends had all sorts of great advice! I like the idea of replacing the top four panels (just leaving the outside frame) with glass and agree with the previous poster about etching the glass. The door would look less rustic with the glass and work better with the panel moulding trim, etc.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

What a great find! Love the door and the dutch door idea is a great one. I would paint the door though to match your other doors in the area or go with a completely different contrasting color. But what do I know? You have a beautiful blog, wonderful taste and I'm sure whatever you decide will be gorgeous. Can't wait to see!

SweetMelissa said...

Wow. How did I miss the post about the door? It's fabulous! So many great ideas but I definitely think you're on absolutely the right track. Listen to all the suggestions, but in the end...make it yours. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

My only tidbit suggestion: several layers of brush-on polycrylic (not polyurethane) will ensure that it will be sealed from splinters or lead paint, but will not yellow with age as polyurethane does.

Col said...

EEK! You mentioned my comment! I feel like a celebrity ;)

I don't think removing all that wood will detract from it's time worn character. The bottom half will still be in place in all it's time worn glory, and if you do go with the dutch door, that's probably the half that you will see the most overall.

And I LOVE the idea of clear glass with an etched monogram inside!

Melissa said...

What about something like this:

http://brandner.com/image_downloads/simpson/Laundry_enduse.jpg

With frosted glass in place of the upper half.

Astrid said...

I have no doubt that whatever you end up doing will look gorgeous! :)

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Funny you broke down the responses, did you use a spread sheet?! I think I better be careful what I write from now on! My husband always says "don't write it if it is not something you'd be okay with everyone reading". I try to remember that!

Have fun deciding what to do with the door and make sure to share the details! Janell