Monday, December 1, 2014

Skeletons In The Closets!!!

Do you have skeletons in your closet?!  I think everybody does.  Or wants to!  But here at the Money Pit, there was a problem...

When we first moved in---some of the closet doors were missing.

The HIS side of the master bathroom/closet area had doors.  Skeletons happily lived over there!

But not the HERS side.  My secrets have had no where to hide!

We talked about buying new doors.  But they would never match with the rest of the house.  And we had another missing door or two in the other bedrooms.   There were some closet doors in a pile in the basement that had come off the closets down there when they did the mold remediation.  But they were really beat up--cracked and missing hardware--and had been down there with all the water and mold!   Perhaps we should just replace all the closets in the house!  Let's see....that's 1, 2, 3.......12, 13,14....20!!!!  20 closet doors to replace!!!?

The problem was too overwhelming.  And when a problem is too overwhelming, what do we do?!

We forget about it.  It goes on the back burner of our minds.  And we refuse to face it.

So that's where closet doors were for the last year!  Somewhere way, way back in the recesses of my mind!

But slowly and surely my subconscious was working on it.  While we were building the new deck, my subconscious was thinking.  While we were planting new bushes out front, my mind was working on it.  While we were painting all the exterior doors, my mind was working on it.  Even when the giant Tonka trucks came to take out the pool---my mind was working on it.

And when the loud booming finally quit and the soft white winter came to make everything quiet---I could finally hear solutions whispering quietly from those back corners of my mind.

"Those basement closet doors would match!  You could fix them!  The basement could get the new closet doors---and all the rest of the house could stay the same."

I dug through the pile of doors and trim in the basement and brought up one of the closet doors.  It didn't seem to be tall enough.  It was very dirty!

And very broken!!

Maybe this was a bad idea after all....

Then I remembered the internet!  I did a google search and found out there were all sorts of repair kits and replacement parts for folding closet doors!  Why didn't I think of this before?!?

Off to the home improvement store I went!


The first step was to stabilize the cracked and breaking wood.  There was a special repair kit just for that!

A piece of sheet metal that held the wood together in all directions and had a hole for putting the replacement hardware back in.  A little screw held it all in place.

I didn't know how it would look.  But I repaired every corner of two broken closet doors from the basement!  I even repaired a broken corner on the HIS side of the closets and another one downstairs!  Apparently, closet door slamming was somewhat of a hobby with the previous owners.

After a lot of fiddling and figuring out how everything worked---to make them tall enough and sit right with the world---I got the closet doors installed!

The wood is still busted out---but it hardly shows up there in the top corner!

Just a little metal piece shows--at the top and the bottom--that probably should have been installed to begin with!  Then the wood never would have split out!  Open.  Close.  Open.  Close!  They work!!!

One of the doors was missing a handle!

Never fear!  I raided the last known closet door from the basement.  It was a super skinny closet that didn't fit anywhere else.  I couldn't believe there were JUST enough closets and handles in the basement to fix all the closets in the upstairs areas.

Now the closets all match.  And the handles all match!  We had to cut another closet door down to fix a missing closet door in the spare bedroom.  But we did it!  A little cleaning and some scratch cover and we are good to go!  We are closet WIZARDS!!

A WHOLE YEAR without a place to hide my skeletons...

But now they feel right at home!!!

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