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decorating saga

By Tara Zandra | January 7, 2010

So you know how I mentioned that I bought a switch plate and outlet cover at Anthropologie last week? I know I said they needed to be returned, but I was really sad about it. I had bought them for the master bathroom but the holes aren’t spaced correct to fit. I figured it didn’t matter and I would make it work. But after going through a lot of pain to my forearm trying to force those screws in, I took a step back and realized the style totally didn’t go well with my bathroom. In fact, the style that worked were the ones I already had on which I specifically bought for this bathroom about 3 or 4 years ago.

Anyway, I was sad because I liked them so I hoped they would work in the hallway bathroom. But the screw issue just made them not lay properly against the wall so they definitely had to go back. The more I dwelt on it, I mentioned to Chris about getting one of the doorknobs when I returned the covers. He was for it and I happily looked forward to picking one out.

At the store, Tabitha and I found one that exactly matches the knobs I had purchased for the bathroom so we stood in line to do our exchange. Fast forward a couple hours and we’re home and I decided to tackle the project.

I had zero issues taking off the old doorknob, but when I examined the new one, it didn’t seem like it would work quite right. I was sure my husband could figure it out though so I set the project aside. I told Tabitha that even though there wasn’t a doorknob, she could still use the restroom with the door shut. This is where she walked into the restroom to look at all the parts on the counter. She asked how she could open the door without a knob. I assured her it was no problem and closed the door (with her inside and me outside) to demonstrate. Again she asked how we opened the door. I told her you just put your hand in the empty space and pull. Except, I neglected to think about the fact that the other piece that goes into the door jamb was still attached and now, firmly I might add, in the jamb. We had no way to turn the knob to open it because the knobs were all in pieces on the counter!

I admit I got within one second of panicing and calling Chris at work to come home immediately. But my mind suddenly cleared and I realized she could use the old door knob, fit it into the hole and then simply turn as usual. Worked like a charm, thank goodness.

Not over yet.

Fast forward yet again and my husband is home and I’ve placed all my faith in him to get this to work. He had to deliver the sad news that the doorknob simply isn’t made for anything other than doors where you just pull them open. It didn’t have the parts to make it turn.

So he packaged it back up for me and reattached the old, not to mention plain and decidedly not purty, doorknob to the door.


The lock is now in the hallway.

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One Response to “decorating saga”

  1. Mandi Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Now Tabitha can lock YOU in the bathroom!! LOL