I bring you our most exciting chapter in our series of The Nursery That Was An Office That Was a Library That Was a Hallway: RocketBaby Gets a Door! As you may recall, up to this point we’ve closed off both entries to the nursery with curtains (and in the case of the living room entrance, also an old comforter that I took with me to college). The blackout curtains did a decent job with the light dampening, but not much for sound, so we hung said comforter with binder clips to nails driven into the door jamb. While functional, you can imagine the beauty such a system imparted to our living space. (Such was its heinousness that we didn’t even take a picture of it for the blog.)
We (and by “we,” I mean “RocketMan”) went through several ideas: a Dutch door that would open on top and bottom; an accordion door that we’d buy at the Discount Builders Supply; even nicer curtain fabric to which we’d attach, say, a mattress pad for more soundproofing. In the end, we went with a much simpler solution: a single-fold accordion-style door made out of (what else?) two sheets of plywood.
We did buy the supplies at Discount Builders: one sheet of plywood, cut in half lengthwise; four hinges; a magnet plate; and a simple door handle. We had some items on hand, so all told, the price of the project came to about $50. An accordion door at Home Depot would’ve cost $43, but keep in mind that we can reuse the plywood, hinges, screws and all—there’s not much an accordion door can do after it’s lost its home in a doorway. The light plywood brightens up our living room considerably, and since we’re keeping the interior curtain, the soundproofing is as good as it was before.
Now for the fun part: how to decorate it? I’d like to paint it the same color as the wainscoting, and maybe go with a nice wall decal motif. Any suggestions?