It was time. The old sliding barn-door garage doors were deteriorating, and had been for a while. Raccoons were getting into the garage and wreaking havoc. Seriously, a raccoon climbed up on top of Josh's car and pulled a shop light down on top of it. No damage done, thankfully, besides having to re-hang the light, but finding the muddy raccoon prints on our cars regularly was a constant reminder our garage needed to be fixed. (Cat prints are on our cars regularly, too, but those are cute and less objectionable. Also less muddy.)
After we took the doors down, I snapped a picture of the bottom of one to give you an idea of the deterioration:
Yeah. It's a wonder we didn't have deer wandering in.
Josh was brilliant, and looked for material for the doors on craigslist. Although we had to make a trek to get it, he found the right kind of siding new for about half-price. Somehow, he knew just how to put the new doors together. He painted them the same color as what we had before, and we worked together to re-hang them on the same old hardware, figuring we didn't have a chance of finding similar sliding-barn-door hardware anywhere in the suburbs.
That picture was taken after we hung the first door. After hanging both doors, he put handles to make it easier to pull the doors open or closed. You have no idea how much nicer these doors look. I'll see if I can find some better pictures. I'm so excited. Have I mentioned my husband's awesome? Because I really ought to mention it more often.
Next projects: new compost pile, backyard picket fence, the ongoing garden weeding & harvesting, and surely others will come up. We'll never have time to twiddle our thumbs playing an XBOX 360.
The joy of home ownership- there's always something, right?