Dining Room Doorway Quick Update

The saga of my "quick and easy" project continues... I figured I could knock off this wider opening into my dining room without too much effort but I was sadly mistaken. This project has become a MONSTER!

It began so simply.  Knock a few studs out, frame the new opening, add supports in the crawlspace, trim out the new opening and add a floor transition piece.  Yeah, that grew when I was completely unable to remove the original baseboards unless I removed the (crappy) laminate flooring in the living and dining rooms.  I had planned to do that eventually but wasn't quite ready to do it now.




On the bright side, the floor under the laminate is 100 year old Douglas fir.  It's beat up but has never been refinished even once.  This is very obvious when comparing the floor under the baseboards to the finished floor.  So yay wood floors for (almost) free!


Here is the framing done and the original flooring in the dining room exposed.



After plugging along for a few weekends, I got the floor patched and the new opening built and trimmed.  I still have filling, caulking and painting to do but I did get a coat of primer on so I could see what still needed patching or filling.

Here it is with the living room floor exposed, the floor patched in the doorway, the trim installed and the first coat of primer on.


I'm a long way away from finishing but I am thrilled with the way things are going.

Have a great week!




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18 comments:

sweet violets said...

Those floors are amazing and worth the effort!!!!

Betty said...

Looks good. I know what you mean. Hubby and I have done many things to our home and when we thought it would be an easy job it turned into a nightmare. In the end it was well worth it.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Looking great Anne....and I know it turned into a monster project but you found a gem in the process!...Good job as always....I mean Magnificent job!!!!

ANNE said...

Thanks so much! and I totally agree!

Lisa Ricardo said...

Soooo worth it ... Love how it's looking...... and those floors .... Gorgeous!!

ANNE said...

Thank you Lisa! I'm pretty happy :)

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

The floors are amazing. One update led to an even better result.

Reenie said...

WOW! Those floors. :o Love the trim too.

Junkchiccottage said...

OMG Anne what a treasure found under the laminate. Those floors are stunning. Great job. You go girl!
Hugs,
Kris

ANNE said...

Thank you Sharon! Yes, those floors are an amazing find. Have a great day!

lorien_i said...

Lucky you with those floors! I'd love to pull our ugly laminate up in our 1901 house but I'm terrified of what might be underneath O.o

ANNE said...

I have to admit I felt the same way about mine! Thank you!

Michele said...

OH NO!!!!!!!

I am so sorry - hope it all worked out.

If ANYONE can figure out a fix it is YOU, dear Anne. You are the BEST!

Sorry I haven't been around lately. Big hugs.


Art and Sand said...

Every time I visit I marvel that you see something you want to change and you just do it!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Oh, that wider opening was a great idea! And the fact that you have the original floor hidden is great news. I removed all the layers on the old wood floor upstairs at Cottage... The original floor is uneven, some parts of the wood are missing, there are some stains on it... I love it and it's still ten times better than the ugly linoleum that was there before...

Laurel Stephens said...

Super exciting update, and it looks great! Awesome floor find, too. Have you ever read the children's book about giving a mouse a cookie? (If you give a mouse a cookie, he'll want a glass of milk, or something like that.) Our old houses are similar. If you take out a wall, you'll have to refinish the floor, etc... and the adventure continues!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Those floors are gorgeous! xoxo Su

ANNE said...

Thanks Su! xox