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Presenting: The Great Barn Door Makeover (Video)

OK, so THIS was an exciting one.

See, the master bedroom in our new place was kind of weird. I mean, I loved most of it when I first saw it – the windows, the breeze, the proximity to the pool, et cetera – but what I did not love about it was the fact that the bathroom was kind of…in it.

You’ll see what I mean in that video up there. Our sink was basically next to my head. It gave me the icks.

The solution: to call in a Thumbtack pro to help me figure out how to put in an amazing distressed wood barn door I found on RusticaHardware.com. (Seriously, yeah yeah, I’m Thumbtack’s lifestyle expert, but I am a Fan For Life at this point – I will be using them for any and all personal projects forevah and evah. If you have not tried using the service yet, you MUST: it’s crazy-easy because the form that you fill out to explain what you’re looking for is simple, and yet still detailed enough that you’re virtually guaranteed to get quotes from local pros who are specifically skilled in the project you’re looking to complete. And then boom: like a day later the project is started, and then it’s completed, and that, my friends, is NOT how home improvement projects typically function. Speaking from experience.)

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Before After

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The result? The master bathroom entryway is now one of my favorite decor elements in the entire house – and I REALLY like how this house is coming along, so that’s saying a lot. Check out the video above, and hop over to Lonny for an interview in which I talk more about the makeover process.

P.S. If you missed the first few videos in my Thumbtack series, here they are:

Retiling An Entryway: Before And After

We Have Light!

…And Here We Are (Move-In Day)

How To Stage Your House For Sale

How To Pack Up Your House

Our Moving Day

Retiling An Entryway: Before And After (Video)

(Watch through to the end for a serious Goldie cameo.)

I’ve never had an entryway before. I mean, I’ve had doors that you walk through, and I guess the area on the “inside” side of those doors could technically be referred to as an “entryway,” but in our Manhattan apartments those spots were really just “the living room.” And in our Tarrytown place, the front door more or less opened directly onto the stairway, which was sort of weird (and sort of inconvenient, because it meant that there was also no coat closet, and if there is one thing you definitely need in Westchester it is a place to store your enormous, down-filled winter coat).

And now?

Entryway!

Goodness, was I ever psyched about the coat closet situation (as in: we have one). But I was slightly less psyched about the entryway itself, because what it looked like was…not much at all. It wasn’t “bad” – not at all, it was totally fine – it was just more “functional” than anything else, and I feel like an entryway is a really cool place to go bold with your decor both because it’s small, and because it’s the first spot your guests see when they step foot in your house. So why not, right?

Check out the video above to see what I did with the help of a tiling pro I found on Thumbtack, and click over to Lonny for a fun interview and more before-and-after shots of the project.

P.S. If you missed the first few videos in my Thumbtack series, here they are:

We Have Light!

…And Here We Are (Move-In Day)

How To Stage Your House For Sale

How To Pack Up Your House

Our Moving Day

We Have Light! (Video)

When you buy a house without ever having actually seen it in person, it’s reasonable to expect a few little surprises to come your way…and yup: on our first night in our new place, I discovered something pretty unexpected.

There was no light.

Like, none.

So within a day of our arrival, I embarked on a fairly major renovation project that ended up making a MAJOR difference in how the house looks and feels.

P.S. For those of you in the Bay Area, the Thumbtack pro I hired for this project was Richard Acero of RPA Electric, and he was phenomenal: careful, efficient, and just a straight-up nice guy.

P.P.S. If you missed the first four videos in my Thumbtack series, here they are:

…And Here We Are (Move-In Day)

How To Stage Your House For Sale

How To Pack Up Your House

Our Moving Day

…And Here We Are (Video)

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Packed And Ready To Go (Video)

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How To Stage Your House For Sale

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