When we bought the house, there were two things that I hated immediately: The white plastic window handles and the back door. I think I actually never took a picture of it but trust me it was hideous. It was made of white plastic outside with styrofoam inside and it even had a little flower-adorned frosted window! So classy! Also it was basically non functioning. You had to force it open and slam it shut.
Further proof of how terrible it was: Our cleaning lady, who never even once commented on any of our renovations so far, layed eyes on our new back door and praised the lord.
So, yeah. Almost three years later, we have a new back door. Hallelujah indeed. We went with a custom-made door because a) we had very specific ideas of how it should look like and b) it wasn´t actually more expensive than a standard door from the hardware store. We ordered it from a carpenter in a nearby village who was great to work with. We wanted a solid wood door combined with lots of clear glass to let in as much light as possible. Mission accomplished! I know the kitty door looks a bit odd, but I have decided it is whimsical and charming. Right?
There´s so much light in the rear hallway now but also there is this view! Not so bad. Privacy isn´t really an issue here since you´d have to stand smack in the middle of our garden to see anything through that door.
I think I never showed you our staircase so here it is in its spindly glory. It´s original to the house and I love it. Most of the old staircases have been ripped out in our neighbor´s houses so I appreciate that ours is still there. I wallpapered the accent wall when we first moved in.. still like it but it isn´t in great shape anymore. But I guess it will hold up a few more years.
View from upstairs. Light! Yay! Also how cute is my little old very blue bench? I got it from Ebay for next to nothing and painted it in F&B Cooks Blue.
View from outside. One of the best investments we ever made.
Now, can we talk about our deck for a second? I am unsure whether or not I should paint the cladding/railing/stairs. A part of me likes the weathered wood and another part of me really wants to paint the whole affair in a dark blueish gray. Wouldn´t that look amazing? Thoughts?