We have been in our new house just over two months now, but we have had issues with three of our interior doors. Important doors. We usually sleep with our bedroom door open, but there are times when it would be nice to be able to close it. We have had a birthday party and a jewelry party in our home already, and my pantry was open for all to see. I tend to be organized, but the first party was less than a month after we moved in, and I had just two days’ notice that there would be no door on the day of the party. Yikes!
Here’s what happened. Someone at the trim and door company mistakenly cut the holes for our handles about an inch lower in the doors than the holes were cut in the jambs, so the handles wouldn’t latch and the doors would not stay closed. Normally this wouldn’t have been a huge ordeal, but the three doors that were cut incorrectly happened to be the only three that were stain grade. We wanted those three to be stained because they are the doors you see from our entry, living, and kitchen areas, so instead of our guests seeing our beautiful stained doors at the parties, they saw our cluttered study, our master bedroom with boxes of books, and our pantry. It could have been worse. We could have been missing bathroom doors!
New doors were ordered before we moved in, but they were special order, so it took a few weeks to get them. My husband took the old doors off right before the first party, and the new doors arrived the next week. We had to wait for our painter to finish his other jobs before he could come back out to stain our new doors. After they were stained, my husband tried to install the doors himself, but the hinges on each door were off just enough to prevent him from doing so. Our builder has been out of town for two weeks and just returned yesterday. He came out today and installed the doors and handles.
I have only been using the pantry door so far, but I am loving it! You don’t realize how important doors are until you don’t have them. I think the kitchen looks so much nicer when the open pantry isn’t the first thing you notice. As the babies become increasingly mobile, it will be nice to be able to keep the study door closed. And a little privacy in the master bedroom is always a good thing.