Friday, November 15, 2013


Although it's not quite like getting door'd by a car when biking, looking at the existing flat panel hollow core doors in this house is disturbing to say the least.

From Occupy archives: There are nine of these fine fellows on the site

I can say quite honestly, that these doors are absolutely ruining my renovation.  I have been painting a dark and dingy cave of a row home some brighter colors, in concert with adding a ton of painted white woodwork.  The house is brightening up; however, these cheap doors keep anchoring this renovation back to the dark ages  early 1970s.  I'm not sure what people were thinking back then.   I suppose there was a certain faith in cheaper and more mass produced materials.  If I only I could have been there to intervene: Wait! you guys are going to eradicate all the jobs from the states while simultaneously filling it with useless, poorly-constructed junk via planned obsolescence.

I'm not alone in thinking that. Even my 85-year-old neighbor regrets her 1970's renovation of her house.  She laments over losing her beautiful woodwork, 5-panel doors, and rich hardwood flooring now covered in shag carpet.

Well, its time for a refresh.

While I do despise there doors, I am going to try to save them.  Mainly because I am a cheap bastard who doesn't want to pay for a full set of solid core doors for the entire house.  I just don't think its worth it.  I thought about buying used door slabs from our local architectural salvage place.. but even the crappy ones are $40 each.  There would be no way I leave that place without dropping about $600, and then I have to spend the next few weeks trying to cut the doors and notch in hinges, etc to these already wonky jambs.  Forget it.

I'm pulling the doors today.  Stay tuned.  Here is the layout of the doors, with numbers. I'm doing this so I know which door belongs where.

1st Floor

2nd Floor

Can I clock another 40+ hours this weekend?  Probably definitely.  I haven't lost my sanity... yet.  The clock starts now.


  1. Looking forward to this one. We have 5 of these doors in our house, and you're right: they really take away from any surrounding renovation efforts. Good luck.

    1. Thanks Ed. I went to your blog-- you are on Wolf street? and renovating? This is awesome.

      Its amazing that I'm not just talking to myself on here.

    2. Yep, we’re on Wolf – must be within a couple blocks of you. It’s pretty surreal reading your blog. The interior of your house looks exactly like ours, and you’re tackling all the same projects. The main difference is that you really seem to know what you’re doing.

      I respect your possible desire to maintain anonymity, but if you ever want to meet up and talk about how wallpaper needs to be outlawed, send me an email.

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