UncategorizedCraftsman Style Doors January 14, 2014 I’m postponing what I had planned to post about today (built-ins, yay!) for tomorrow because several of you mentioned the craftsman style doors in yesterday’s pictures. When I started this “Our Renovation Story” series I said it would be fifteen posts long. I’m definitely looking at more posts than that because questions keep coming up that I definitely want to address! Back to these lovely doors… I really wanted doors that were different and had some personality! Obviously, we were adding some doorways with these two closets and the addition, but we really wanted to replace all doors. I wanted them to match, but also because the original doors were pretty rough. Picture a million coats of paint and scratches that dented into the door. They really weren’t salvageable. We went to several different big box stores to look for doors and I really loved some of the different options that are out there, especially these Craftsman style ones that we went with. They reminded me so much of board and batten, which I’m in love with. So what’s the problem? The best price we found was close to $200…each. We needed ten. $2,000 for doors alone was not at all in the budget. So, we started shopping around. And here comes the biggest lesson we learned for renovating… Always. The more we looked, the better deals we found. Could you triple your renovation time because you’re shopping for deals? Sure. At some point, should you just call it a day and go with what you’ve found? Absolutely. But, the more you search, the better deals you find. I was determined to have these doors. Hubby was determined not to spend $2,000. So, we searched and searched and came across a lovely little warehouse called Pittman Builder Supply in Greenville. I’m sure most areas have a store like this. Just google Builder Supply places. Pittman is a mecca of cast-off building supplies. Doors, windows, trim, bathtubs, light fixtures… They are mainly pieces that were surplus or something was slightly wrong with them. So, you definitely want to check them out carefully before buying. But we’ve bought a lot from them after two renovations and if we could even tell what was wrong, it was incredibly minor and you would never know. Guess what they had? My doors. The problem you could run into with places like this is they could have only one of what you need. Or be missing certain sizes and you can’t just order them. They had every size we needed. And guess how much they were? I feel like I need a drumroll here………………………………….(there I gave myself one…just imagine it)……………………… $25.00 each. I swear, the Hallelujah Chorus started playing when we found them and heard the price. Oh that’s right, it wasn’t playing. That was me singing. The best part about these places is that you can negotiate. My husband asked the guy what the best was he could do on them. Granted, we’re still running the $200 price tag in our head. He goes, “I can’t let ’em go for less than $25 each.” If we could’ve thrown all ten on our backs and ran to the cash register, we would have. So, we outfitted our house with fancy Craftsman doors that add a lot of character, if I do say so myself, for $250 instead of $2,000. Another little tip…all of the doorknobs came from Surplus Warehouse. I know that’s a chain, so there may be one near you. We definitely saved money there too. We chose oil-rubbed bronze. I initially planned to paint these doors to stand out against all of my white walls and that may still happen at some point, but it’s pretty low on our current list with more spaces still left to renovate and decorate. But, I’m dying to know, if it were you, what would you go with? Leave them white and add in personality with textiles, accessories, etc.? Or paint a color? I’ve thought about a lovely, soft gray like this… Or, a chic black like this… I was really pulling for black with brass knobs…maybe in the next little house. Okay, what’s your vote? Keep white, gray, black, or a suggestion?