Monday, August 7, 2017

DIY Dutch Door

Happy Monday, y'all! This weekend, John and I decided to turn our laundry room door into a dutch door.
One of our dogs, Layla, recently tore her CCL (similar to ACL in humans), and she will have to sleep in the laundry room because she cannot walk up and down the stairs very well due to the fact that she just had this same surgery in May on her other knee. This girl needs to catch a break.. and so does our credit card.

The laundry room doesn't get the best air flow with the door being shut during the day, and this is where Layla and Penny (our other dog) hangout in the daytime because they cannot be trusted to roam freely anymore.

So here we go with the DIY dutch door..
FIRST: Pick the door you want to saw in half.

SECOND: Tap the pin out of the hinges. Have a stud hold the door in place while you unscrew all of the screws out of the door instead of just tapping the pins out. 

PRO TIP: Don't unscrew all of the screws out of the door - it takes longer. Just tap the pins out.

THIRD: Have same stud take door knob off because you can't be bothered, and you feel like we could've just left it on there to begin with.

FOURTH: Place door on, preferably, a sawhorse for measuring and cutting. First, we put painters tape in the general area we knew we wanted to cut. This helps prevent the wood from splintering while cutting. We measured 1" below the door panel then measured, over from that, the width of our leveler, so we would have a straight edge to cut along.

PRO TIP: If you do not have a sawhorse because they are crazy expensive and your trash cans are too tall to lay the door down on, just use your dining room chairs. My dad's advice helped really well too. He said and I quote, "Just don't make dutch chairs." LOL. I love him.

FIFTH: We clamped down the leveler and began cutting with the circular saw.

PRO TIP: Make sure you have enough of your blade out to cut thru the entire door. This prevents you from having to cut it twice. Also, don't begin cutting at 9:00pm when your neighborhood is filled with small children.

It took two cuts and some finagling with the door because our driveway is on a slight incline, and it makes it more difficult to cut. But we got it done!

SIXTH: Measure where you want your new hinge to go, trace the outline of the hinge onto the door, then use a router to cut out where the hinge will go. We decided to measure how far the bottom part of the bottom hinge was from the bottom of the top door, which was 2" (confusing sentence.. just read it slowly and try to picture it). We just mimicked it, so they would be the same distance. You will also need to use the router to cut out where the hinge will go on the door frame. To do this, we just placed the door on the bottom hinge and traced where the top hinge will hit the door frame.

PRO TIP: Buy a router. We took the cheap route and chiseled. It took forever, and I don't recommend it.

SEVENTH: Once you are over this project, let same stud hang the doors and screw the door knob back in.

PRO TIP: Grab a beer and have a cold one waiting for same stud while you sit on your ass and give words of encouragement. I did none of these things, but I should have.

EIGHTH: Admire your new, amazing dutch door. We still need to put a piece of wood where we cut the door and buy a latch for the top door to lock into the bottom door. We aren't eager to put the wood "shelf" on the door yet, and we couldn't find a latch we both liked in such short notice.

NINTH: Make sure your babies approve of their new space!

This whole project took us around 2 1/2 hours. If we were a little more prepared (had a sawhorse, router, and flat ground), I feel like it would have gone much quicker.

I have to give John all of the credit for this project. He came up with the idea, got everything together for us, and did all of the research. He's the best!:)

This is my first DIY post, so I might have missed something. If I did, feel free to ask me in the comments. I will then most likely consult my husband and get back to you!

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