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Sunday, August 15, 2010

French Door Transformation

My mom recently took on one of those types of projects that always make you say “Why didn’t I do that years ago?”  They have two sets of French doors in their living room that lead out to the screened-in porch.  It occurred to her one day to remove the grilles that give the glass a paned appearance.   This is a set that is in the master bedroom, since the original living room before photos came out too dark.

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As you can see, there was a grille on either side of the glass.  Google tells me that the official term for these are muntin bars.  See, you learned something from this blog today!

IMG_1135These actually screw together on either side of the glass to hold the glass into the door, so they had to remove one at a time.   IMG_1125

Then my dad used his dremel tool to remove the inside muntin bars. IMG_1126IMG_1128This was a tedious process!

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Then they screwed the frame back to the door.  A good bit of scraping and cleaning was involved.   IMG_1130

But the end result was totally worth it!  IMG_1138

The room looks so much bigger, bright and less cluttered!

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AFTER:

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What sort of simple projects that make a big impact have you done lately?

Linking up with Metamorphosis Monday, and the DIY Showoff.

11 comments:

  1. They look great! I would have never thought about that.

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  2. What a great idea. We have those "muntin bars" on our doors as well. It would be nice to take them off. I love the shades you have on the doors too.

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  3. Looks wonderful now and it did let in more light...Thanks for sharing this idea...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  4. I was leery when I saw the title but they turned out great! I have french doors in my house and they are such a pain to clean....hmmmmm

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  5. What a difference. The entire space seems more open and welcoming. Great job!

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  6. Gorgeous! Love how those doors turned out.

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  7. wow! I love it! what a HUGE difference!

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  8. How did you fill in the gaps from the missing muntins? Some type of molding putty? Looks great.

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    1. Hi, Yes, I believe they sanded the area and filled with some Spackle.

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