The minute we started our carport (future playroom) renovation, I knew that making sure there was A LOT of natural light was going to be important to me.
One day I noticed that in the evenings when we had our (future) powder room door open, there was a lot of natural light being flooded into the room through the bathroom window. And because the bathroom door swung into the playroom rather than into the bathroom, I knew that we would most likely always have that door closed.
So my first idea was to make a transom window to go above the bathroom door. That way the door can stay shut but light can pass through into the playroom. This idea was perfect! Plus how cute are interior transom windows!!
(All images found on Google)
Then my husband met up with the A/C guy to talk about the mini-split that we’ll be putting in the room so that we can actually be in there without dying from a heat stroke, (Southeastern summers can be brutal!) and of course they came to the conclusion that above the bathroom door was the best spot for it…
All of my beautiful transom window dreams got squashed. And the only other place it could go was above where the TV is going to go and that’s just not going to happen.
So I told my husband that since I can’t get the transom, then the second best option is to get a frosted glass door to allow at least some light back into the playroom.
I started looking online and realized that for a 36″ door with a 1/2 lite window was going to be really expensive and way more than I wanted to pay (not exactly in the budget). I was looking at at least $500 and up for a door of this size. (It was originally a carport utility closet door – that’s why it is so wide) Then I had the idea of possibly getting an old vintage door and fixing it up.
I went to every antique store and ReStore in town with no luck. And the ones online were still just as expensive. Finally I went to this hole in the wall antique shop that had plenty of vintage windows and doors and found the perfect door!!
(it is not this orange in person)
It was 36″ wide and 85″ tall. (It will need to be cut down to 80″ but that’s ok) It had already been dipped and stripped and was now this beautiful light oak color that I adore!
Now don’t get me wrong, I know it needs some work (some sanding, sealing, a knob and glass) but I think it will be SOOO beautiful in the end!
I will keep you updated on everything door related so look for that in the future!
But for now here are some pictures of it against the newly German smeared brick that it will eventually go beside (look for the post all about how we did this wall soon!) 🙂
(excuse the construction mess)
I hope you love it as much as I do! Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions or questions!