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January 24, 2010 / mish

the long way down

The hallway was one of the reasons I fell in the love with the house to begin with. There was no lack of storage here. And if anybody knows me at all, you know that I LOVE storage. It’s a sickness. The ability to have space to organize gives me endless pleasure. And I couldn’t wait to get my hands into all the cabinets this hallway provided. So when we started renovating, I was pretty much salivating to put my first plate onto a shelf.

We started by removing all the cabinet doors and installing new hinges on each one, as well as new handles that we tracked down at IKEA. We cheated a little bit here, (call it a poor man’s job or call it brilliant if you like), by painting the doors only around the hinge area and then putting them back up. This way we could save time by painting the front and back of each door as it was hanging on it’s hinge, instead of waiting for each side to dry before flipping it over to paint the other side. Sounds a bit ghetto, but it worked for us. If you look closely, we did change the color. It was a dingy off-white, and we repainted in a clean semi-gloss white.

At this point – I really wanted to start organizing. But I had to wait for the flooring to go in…

We chose an engineered wood by Bruce Armstrong that we found at Home Depot, and then found it at a local warehouse for an even better deal. It was the closest match to the existing floors we had refinished in the front rooms. This would be our first venture in DIY flooring…

We laid out all the wood in our living room and took a piece from different boxes when laying the floor. That way the pattern looked different as the floor began to form.



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  1. The Handyguys / Aug 30 2010 9:14 am

    Wow – Looks great! Very clever to paint the hinge areas and then hang the doors to finish the painting. Keep up the good work.

    The Handyguys

  2. mish / Aug 30 2010 9:41 pm

    thank you so much for reading and the encouragement! Your website looks like we could learn a lot from your experience!!!

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