Doors Are a Pain in the Ass

In the Bernard renovation, we learned that taking care of the existing doors can be a HUGE time sucker.

For a 1950s home, the doors are magnificent. They are solid wood, which means they weigh a lot. Especially the front and back doors. We certainly would not replace them.

We found that the previous home owners painted over the existing hinges. That’s decades of layers of paint. After hours of chiseling ¬†with a screwdriver and hammer, we found the screws and removed the hinges. The new hinges make such a difference to this clean, updated home.


In a recent post, you saw that we used a heat gun to remove lawyers of paint from the back door. Unfortunately, when the heat came near the glass, the glass cracked! So, we removed all the panes and wood frame to restore this beautiful door. We spent almost two days just on this door! But, it was worth it.

Have you considered the inside paint color of your doors? Most folks don’t think about painting¬†the interior-side of their doors a fun color. We decided to go with a cool blue on the inside of both the front and back doors. With grey walls, wood features, and a pale blue ceiling, it’s perfect!



Never overlook the beauty and potential of your home’s doors.

Before and After: Bernard Street

We hosted an excellent open house on Sunday! Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Of course, no renovation would be complete without before and after pictures. Here you go!


Cabinets painted, all new appliances, new backsplash, new faucet, all new lighting.



Original hardwoods cleaned up, new feature wall with salvaged NC barn wood, every surface (top to bottom) painted, up-scale barrel lighting in all rooms.



Desk nook with task lighting.




Barn-door sliders replaced the old mirrored closet doors in both bedrooms.



Tired, dirty bathroom now sparkling clean with refreshed paint, mirror, lights, and some fixtures.

Refinished the original cast-iron tub, glazed tile for a fresh, clean look. Frosted the bottom window for privacy while taking a shower.




Cleaned and stained patio. Painted and stained foundation and stairs. All new landscaping featuring gardenias and camellias that love the morning sun.

Open House! Shut The Barn Door!

It’s been a month, and we’ve accomplished so much. Just yesterday, we hung our closet barn-door sliders. Here’s a sneak peak.

In two days, we’ll host our Open House. Come see the condo at 2338 Bernard St in Raleigh. This Sunday from 1-4pm. And, if you bring a buyer, we’ll pay you a cash referral bonus.


Here are a few more pics of our progress. We even roped our kids in to help.