Simple Hall Way redo. #5: Not so simple

Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 07-19-2012 04:58 AM 4656 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Day 10: Yesterday. I started dry fitting my base boards and I got completely twisted. To my credit, I put the compressor away without firing a single shot. I opened up a forum question instead and got some really sound advice. The sound advice is unfortunately going to set my project back by as much as a week. It will be worth it in the end. Now I’m thinking about plinths, coping, caulking another other wonderful subjects to make those baseboards look just so.

Day 11: Today (for a few more minutes at least). All the trim is painted. Yee Haa! I got the door knob hardware. I was afraid that the cheap price I paid was going to translate into really cheap looking hardware. The only thing I don’t like about the new door knobs are the undisguised screws. My wife didn’t even notice them and they look way better than our old (and equally cheap) hardware. It looks like new hinges are on the purchase list. I knew that was going to be be the case when I chose brushed nickel instead of brass but sometimes it takes a while to step out of denial.

Here’s the old busted handle.

Here is the new stuff.

And here are the visible screws on the new dummy knobs.

It’s almost midnight time to post and lose the glass slipper. Thanks for looking!

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-19-2012 03:55 PM

Looking good. I like the new knobs. What is the name of the site you ordered them from?

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 07-19-2012 05:54 PM

One thing at a time..that’s the way to get it done. Nice work.
Have you practiced any coping yet? Practice on a dozen or so scraps before trying to tackle the real thing.

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posted 07-20-2012 01:59 AM

Today I end early. I left work and got the cutting bit for my dremel tool. It’s kind of fun practice but I actually practiced on the quarter round to a) make the corners fit a little better against the back wall of the closet where they are visible at times. B) practice some actual coping on the front corners of quarter round where you would have to be standing in the empty closet, facing forward and looking down with a flashlight to see it.

I tried to upload some pictures of my work but the site seems to filter out obscene images. Seriously, it’s as mediocre a job as you will ever see. I touched up the paint without even filling and sanding down the nail holes. Then I loaded up the coats and sweaters, shoved the vacuum in and closed the door. Nothing will touch the little paint I used for touch up. Closet finished.

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posted 07-20-2012 03:51 AM

Billy. The website is www.discounthomefurnishings.com

Here is exactly what I paid for all the doors in the back section of my house and the knobs for the bi-fold closets in the kids bedrooms.

6 x Designers Impressions Somerset Design Satin Nickel Privacy Door $87.84
3 x Designers Impressions Somerset Design Satin Nickel Passage Door $42.45
2 x Designers Impressions Somerset Design Satin Nickel Dummy Door Kn $13.64
4 x Amerock BP26131-G10 Manor Satin Nickel Cabinet Knob $5.96
4 x Amerock BP1585-G10 Inspirations Satin Nickel Rope Cabinet Knob $5.16

Again I’ll say that that I didn’t pay for the best and I didn’t get the best. For the price, I’m super pleased with the quality. It was also the only place I could find that had the oblong knobs in a lower price range. The other sites started at $35 each.

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