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Instant facelift

If windows are the eyes of a home… what is the front door? The nose? Mouth? No idea.
In any case, our house just got a whole lot more character. YEAH! A new front door. I’m giddy about it. Everytime I look at it, it makes me smile. How long does that last?
I know it should have been something I left well enough alone. I know when my realtor sees it he’s going to sigh and shake his head.. but really, I couldn’t stand it anymore. I needed a new front door. I needed it. I did this for me. Not for any future home sale. The gremlins made me do it.
The old door had a fan of glass at the top of the door. It was nice.. if a little boring. The biggest problem I had with it was that I couldn’t see out of the glass parts. This annoyed the heck out of me. I contend that it’s because the glass parts are set too high in the door. Not because I’m too short. (Marc says I’m too short. What does he know?*)
I can see out of the new door. It sparkles and lets tons more light into the living room. Hell, I think it even makes the room look bigger.

Ugly-but-functional old front door:
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Sparkly lovely new front door:
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This is a lovely arts-and-crafts like front door with a stained glass panel sandwiched between two flat pieces of glass. All of the pictures I snapped from outside have a huge amount of glare on the glass. Grr..

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Marc moving locks from old door to new door. Note the really lovely sparkle in the glass.
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New door at night. Lovely sparkle

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A picture taken from the inside the morning after the installation.

The door was about $270. I’m hoping we can re-sell the old door on Craigslist for about $100. All said and done, I think it was money well spent.
*Today, just before we ran off to Home Depot to get the door.. Marc had me re-measure the door (to make sure I had the right measurements). I measured across the door.. and then from bottom to top. He laughed out loud when I had to stand on tip-toe in order to reach the top of the door. *sigh* Boys are mean. Maybe next time Lurch can reach the top of the damned door for himself. Sheesh.

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3 thoughts on “Instant facelift

  1. The door looks great.That Marc is a handy guy to have around. First impressions are the most important when showing a house. And the front door is the best place to start.

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