Can’t find what you need? Make It Yourself.

If you are wondering where we’ve been for the past year…up to our eyeballs in a big renovation of our house. Something we had talked about for years finally turned into a real plan last April. We spent hours deciding exactly what we wanted to do; changed plans drastically once and ended up with a great plan. For several months we visited lots of vendors to pick out tile, counter tops, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, vanities, etc. etc. 

Work began in November. First the kitchen was gutted to the studs.  Then on to the two bathroom — also down to the studs. We learned to live with very little. We basically lived in the office (the one room that wasn’t being touched during the reno). We made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years living in a ripped up house. By the end of February most of the major work was done and we had a fully functional kitchen again.

Fast forward to today. With only one bathroom left to finish, we are enjoying what feels like a brand new house. Deb took on the challenge of renovating the office, so now every room has been redone. Now we are left with the fine tuning. The first project was to redo a storage space off of the kitchen. It’s our tiny pantry space. We knew we wanted a barn door, but couldn’t find anything that we loved. And the hardware for a barn door ain’t cheap. So in true MacGyver form, Deb set about to create the door herself. And she fashioned her own barn door hardware from things she found at the local hardware store.

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Every bit of the door is made from found and collected bits — all having some significance and meaning. Here are some detail pics.

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Now that’s done on to installing another barn door on the guest room. For that door we are using a found door. A neighbor had placed a beautiful old wooden door with three glass panels on their front lawn as trash. We saw it on our way into Boston one day and decided if it was still there when we came home we would pick it up. It was there and now it’s getting a makeover and clean up and will be installed as a working barn door soon. Check back to see the results of that project soon.

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