You know those ugly places in your home that just seem to disappear after awhile? They are still there – you just stop seeing them.
We have a LOT of those in our old ranch. When we first moved in, I could not deal with the ugly. And everything that could be taken care of easily was out of there within a week. The swinging doors in the bathroom – gone. The “stained glass” light fixture in the dining room – out of there. The huge stainless steel smoke detectors – done.
But the stuff that wasn’t so quick and easy to rip out lingered. And lingered. Until I saw it so many times, I just didn’t see it anymore.
Lately, I have been working to see things with fresh eyes – and actually do something about all of that lingering ugly. Case in point: last winter I shared this eye sore. A big intercom system and 8 track player right in the middle of the family room wall.
And finally, I have contained the ugly as much as possible without completely removing the intercom which I’m just not ready to do. And even though it is very clearly still there, it’s soooo much better!
Well, probably the worst “ugly” of all is lingering in our master bedroom. The hideous accordion door separating the bedroom from the master bath.
And I have decided it’s time has come.
The problem is I am struggling to figure out how exactly to fix it!
The doorway is in the corner of the bedroom right up against the wall. And in the same corner is a huge sliding glass door leading onto the screened porch – which presents quite the challenge. Since you all had some great input into the whole intercom situation, I’m hoping you can help me make some decisions about the door as well. And I figured some pictures of the different possibilities wouldn’t hurt either.
Of course, the most obvious solution is just to hang a regular old door. But it can’t swing into the bathroom because the bathroom itself is teeny tiny and the door would hit the toilet. If the door swings out, it is going to be blocking the sliding glass doors whenever it is open. We could just plan to always keep the bathroom door closed but that seems extremely impractical.
A pocket door would be a great solution because it wouldn’t take up any floor space in either room. However, I’m pretty sure it would be way beyond our DIY abilities. Plus, it would mean moving the bathroom light switch pretty far away from the door – not good.
Another space saving possibility is a bi-fold door. Like the kind on a lot of closets. The problem here is that most bi-fold doors aren’t particularly stylish so I’m not sure it would be that much of an upgrade from the current situation. Although the door I used in the photo above really doesn’t look bad at all. But I do think it would make the bathroom look like a closet.
Sliding Barn Door
Which brings us to my favorite option – a sliding barn door. A sliding door would be awesome because it wouldn’t take up any floor space and would definitely be DIY-able. I would have to do some rearranging of the gallery wall but that is no big deal. At first it seems like the perfect solution, but there are still some issues.
Most sliding barn doors really highlight the hardware – and I love that about them! The thing that is tripping me up is the curtain rod over the adjacent sliding glass doors. The rod goes right into the corner and would be right next to the potential barn door hardware. With traditional, attention grabbing barn door hardware, there would be an awful lot going on in that corner.
Which led me to wonder about making the hardware very unobtrusive.
Or maybe painting the curtain rods to blend into the wall a bit more?
But then, should the barn door hardware be at the same height as the curtain rods or just above the door frame? So many decisions?
What would you do? Would you go for a barn door and if so what would you do about the hardware situation? Would you just look for a stylish bi-fold door? Other great ideas?
Update! The accordion door has been banished! Check out our solution here.