This post has been a long time coming. Remember my excitement at the ordering of my Crestview Door? Well, it came. And it sat in its box for a while. After some cajoling, Brett and I went to buy a new door to get started. As a reminder, this was the door and entry we started with:
According to Brett, installing the doorlite was not as easy as one might imagine. The fit was very tight because some of the wood had bowed which made the glass difficult to pop in. Regardless, he conquered and got it installed properly. He painted the door as we had planned, with Pumpkin Patch and Walnut Bark from Behr paints. However, this was nothing compared to installing the door in the original frame.
It just didn’t fit. After almost 50 years, it’s not insane to imagine that it might not be completely square any more. And it wasn’t. At all. Brett got the door in and then the damn thing wouldn’t close. At all.
As you can see from the photo, the issue was at the top. There was plenty of space at the bottom. So, being us, we decided the most efficient way to deal with this (other than forcing it in and never being able to open it again) was to plane down the top and then sand. The difference wasn’t incredibly significant so we thought we could do it.
And we did. However, not without a little damage, which we painted over and are currently deciding to live with. Imperfection is charming, right? Right.
This was it after the installation. I love it. But it’s still not quite right. The white trim looks odd with the orange. Maeve and I got on a tear one day and fixed that too. Wait and see the final results with painted trim, etc. tomorrow! (Apologies for the poor photo with the bright sunlight.)