Raise your hand if you love a good before and after.
I just knew that you love them as much as me. That’s why I can’t walk away from a Hallmark movie. I know the ending in the first five minutes. I figure out pretty quickly that the real-estate developer is going to help her save the coffee shop. Or the smart-talking sassy big-city girl will transform the street-wise guy into the candidate. Or the high school prom date will help the awkwardly shy accountant to become the guy that everyone wants to date.
I get it.
I’m smart like that.
But even though I know the ending, I always stick around to see it.
Because I love a really good after.
Kind of like this laundry room.
We made ONE simple change and the room looks so different. But I won’t make you sit through the entire movie—I’ll start with the after.
Which looks exactly like this.
Please tell me you gasped.
Maybe you didn’t.
We haven’t added the doorknob yet, so that might have made a gasp difference.
All we did was change out the door.
And the best part?
The door was FREE. It was just sitting up in the attic. It came with the house.
This door used to go to this room.
This was my room in college.
It’s actually not even that much of a room.
It has three doors and people just generally walk through it to get where they are going.
This built-in is right outside the room and you can see where the door used to hang.
The previous owners (between my mother and myself) took it down.
I can understand.
It was a lot of swinging door that got in a lot of way.
You can actually see it leaning against the wall in the dining room.
This is where we found it when we bought back the house.
We didn’t put it back in the upstairs room, we just put it up in the attic.
I think my husband was hoping I’d forget it was up there.
I never really did.
I knew it had potential.
And then one day I was looking at this space and wishing I had more light in the kitchen.
The door that leads from the laundry room to the kitchen is amazing for keeping the cold out and the heat in.
But when you close it?
You lose all that sunlight and it makes the kitchen kind of dark.
And then last week I had a brilliant idea.
What about the french door from the attic? It would keep the cold out and let the light in.
So we brought it down from the attic. It was in super rough shape.
It had five broken panes and it was white on one side and wood on the other.
We ordered glass from a local glassmaker cut to size.
They cut the bottom off the door to fit.
And then my husband and his dad replaced the glass and added the new wood pieces to hold it in place.
He sanded off the white paint and added a coat of clear finish to seal the wood.
I left it the original wood.
I liked it better against all that white in the kitchen and laundry room.
We added the laundry room sign back to the door.
And my father-in-law is fixing the doorknob to match the rest of the doorknobs in the house.
They hung the door back in place.
With one simple change, the room went from this……
And it’s just in time for the cold.
We are supposed to get into the freezing tonight.
Good thing I have the new door to keep the cold out….
…and let the sunshine in.
PS Have you ever made a simple change in your home that made a big impact?
I’m always looking for new ideas. 🙂