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We have recently moved home through a house swap with the local housing association. The house we left had already been totally decorated and new doors hung etc over the years that we lived there so moving into this house with hardly anything having been done to it for years I knew we would have a busy few months to get it in a nice homely condition.
The previous tenants had done the bare minimum in order to be allowed to swap, this was basically painting everything in neutral colours rather than the bright blues and deep reds they had running through the house. So their idea was to simply paint everything brown! Not even a nice brown, a muddy looking matt paint brown! Great! This mud coloured paint wasn't even relegated to just the walls, they had actually painted every door too!
So on my shopping list was not just the usual paint, wallpaper etc but also interior doors as I knew that these 6 panel white doors were priced roughly at £20 in B&Q as we had bought them for our previous house.
We needed 7 doors in total as the ones here were not only painted mud coloured brown but also had various holes and dents in them. I have to say that I wasn't too bothered as I don't like the bog standard plain doors anyway and would have eventually replaced them no matter what.
I had planned to get the woodgrain effect doors as these are what we had previously purchased but upon visiting B&Q I noticed that they had the smooth doors and I thought these looked a lot nicer. Unfortunately they only had 5 of these doors in stock but did assure us they would be having some delivered in the week, so we bought the 5 doors and paid £26.98 each for them. They are pretty lightweight but they do the job intended which is to keep drafts out and in my opinion make the room look nicer!
These come painted in a white colour but it is more of an undercoat ready for you to paint over. I painted them in a white satin paint and they look great. I chose plastic crystal type door knobs and my hubby fitted these with ease, he also hung the doors in no time at all, just chiseled out the groves for the hinges to sit in and that was it (I think) I do know it didn't take him long at all anyway.
As we only managed to get 5 we were left without doors on out bedroom and walk in wardrobe but as we sleep in the attic room anyway this wasn't much of a problem.
I was checking emails a few nights later when I noticed someone has posted on freecycle that they had two of these doors brand new to offer and they were local, very local.... 2 streets away! Brilliant. I sent them a quick polite email asking if they were still available and to my delight they were, so I sent hubby over to get them, unfortunately I couldn't get anymore of the previous handles I had bought, they were from the market and the seller didn't have any available and didn't when or even if they were going to have them again!
I bought chrome plated handles instead and my hubby fitted these without too much bother.
These doors do make a hell of a lot of difference to my house, it looks so much cleaner and nicer, but then again it looked better with no doors compared to the ones that were originally here!
As I have said they are lightweight being a simple wood moulded door with the cardboardy type filling but I have had no trouble with them at all.
They were cheap, look great and keep out drafts. Whats not to like?!
I would probably change them if I was offered real wood doors but I can't afford them at the moment so these are fab!
They don't look like a £25 door, they look great.