Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pocket Door Installed

We fell off our Rest-From-Remodeling wagon long enough yesterday to install the pocket door in the living room. It. Was. A. Bugger!

Starting at the end, this is what the pocket door looks like after installation from across the room.

Up close and personal.

The main reason for this door is to close off the bottom of the stairway leading up to Papa Pea's office area. If I wanted to watch a movie in the living room (where a TV screen will eventually be) while hubby was working in his office, we needed to cut off the sound from traveling up the stairway. That's also the reason we will be putting sound-proofing material on the living room ceiling before the finished beadboard paneling.

Across the little landing at the foot of the stairs is the door to my quilt studio.

Picture above is the same view but with the door to my hideout open.

A simple job (ha!) that we would have guessed would take an hour, or two AT THE MAX. Four hours from start to finish, extended periods of fussing and fuming over the interpretation of the directions for the hanging devices, much grunting and groaning, a pinched finger (or three) and the job was done. Nuthin' to it!

22 comments:

Jane @ Hard Work Homestead said...

Ha, I saw the title of this post in my reader and immediately thought -cheater! So much for your break. But I am sure you feel a little better knowing that project is done. And there is no such thing as a project that takes 'just' and hour. At least none I have ever seen :)

Stephanie said...

Sorry for the pinched fingers, but it is gorgeous! I have always loved pocket doors:)

dr momi said...

Ha....cheater is right Jane! ....but the door looks great :-)

Sue said...

Love pocket doors. Now I know who to call to help install!
:D

Mama Pea said...

Jane - Just a half a day's cheat! But it was difficult enough to convince us to hang the tool belt back up in the garage!

Stephanie - Thanks, I remember fondly the two large ones that met in the middle that divided my grandparents' dining room from living room. (We kids were the only ones who ever closed them when we were playing!)

P.S. I STILL can't comment on your blog! Boo-hoo!

dr momi - Thank you!.

Signed, The Cheater ;o}

Sue - No, no! Please don't! (At least not until we have sufficient time to recover from this one!)

Everstuff said...

I does look really nice though. You guys should be proud of the way it's all turning out. Very beautiful.

Jenyfer Matthews said...

I love pocket doors! And I'll bet that you feel good having it done, even if you did cheat on your break a little. At least it is one more thing you don't have to worry about doing later (more time for gardening and quilting, right!?)

The Weekend Homesteader said...

I also thought that break didn't last long when I saw the title. Those projects just keep calling until you answer. Believe me, I know. I love pocket doors, and it looks great.

Mama Pea said...

Everstuff - Oh, thank you so much! I need help in seeing what IS done rather than all that is left to do!

Jen - So right you are, so right you be!

The Weekend Homesteader - Hubby didn't want the door stored in the garage any more and no where else to put it so it seemed logical to get it installed. So we did. Done. One more job crossed off the list! Yay!!!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Door looks beautiful, and the room looks very cozy.

P.S. I am the one that sent you email about blog search on Location. After I sent it I realized you would not make connection where it came from.

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - Thanks for the nice words regarding the door and living room.

Yikes, I don't recall getting an e-mail such as you referred to . . . ??? Can you resend it or give me more information?

2 Tramps said...

A lovely pocket door for sure and very purposeful, too. We have a couple in our master bedroom and the one that opens into the bathroom butts up to an outside wall. We get cold air coming in during the winter and have decided that the mice come in there, too. Fixing it will require Tramp 1 to spend time under the house plus maybe cut into the wall and I am waiting on that until the weather is too bad to be outside!

Sparkless said...

Nothing is ever as easy as you think it's going to be. I have found that one out the hard way. Good for you and Papa Pea to get one "simple" chore out of the way. Now back to resting and enjoying!

Carolyn Renee said...

I LOVE pocket doors! I do NOT love installing pocket doors! Not that I ever had to, but if a "normal" door takes like four hours to put up, then a pocket door should be like twice that....so looks like you guys did it in RECORD time!

Now that you're a pocket-door expert, how 'bout you come over and put in a few here? I got CUPCAKES!

Mama Pea said...

2 Tramps - Keeping the cold wind and mice out sounds like a really good idea! We can't believe how much warmer the living room (to be) is since we put up vapor barrier and caulked all the cracks before putting up the paneling. Not having wind blow through a room makes it lots warmer! Good luck on your project.

Sparkless - But wouldn't ya think we'd get wiser about predicting how long a certain project would take? We just never seem to learn. Sigh.

Carolyn Renee - No, thanks. One pocket door is more than enough for one week. Wait. You've got cupcakes . . . ??

Tom Stewart said...

Boy, I really like the wall covering! There is nothing but white walls in my place and I have been wanting to do something like that! There is an old tobacco barn that is falling down and I want to talk to the people that own it and see if I can salvage the "Barn Wood" to put up in the kitchen/dinning room. A lot of work, but I think it would look pretty good and the main thing is, It would be free!

Karen L. said...

Well, our theory is to always add 2 1/2 times to what you think a project will take .... even to quilt projects!!! (And you do know what quilting is, right? hehehe) Seems like everyone loves pocket doors. They really make sense in so many situations where a regular door would be a pain in the butt. However, my husband says so many of them are badly hung by contractors that they are more of a nuisance than a help. I am thinking that because you did this yourself, that won't be a problem especially since you probably said some nasty things to that poor door and now it is scared to death to not work as it should!!!

Mama Pea said...

Tom - Boy, I sure would try for that barn wood if possible. Even if you didn't do the whole wall(s) in it, it would be gorgeous as wainscoting!

Karen L. - We may have made extra trouble for ourselves in that we purchased a solid door rather than a hollow core. We were thinking of the sound-proofing quality of the solid door but, omg, a lighter door would have been so much easier to put up!

Don't faint now, but I just put up a blog post on my Italian Bread. Finally, finally, finally I got it done for you! Sorry I took so long.

Marty said...

Earplugs for my brother would have been cheaper.

Mama Pea said...

Marty - Ain't that the truth!

Erin said...

pocket doors are an amazing use of space, I love them!

Mama Pea said...

Erin - It would have been really awkward to use anything but the pocket door in this particular spot!