Tearing out unused closets in our entry left us with two mysterious doors that were inside the closets. One was a door leading into the guest bathroom, but it was locked with no key to be found.
The next was a knobless door leading into our office, but the office side had the door covered with bookshelves.
Guest Bathroom Door
We really liked the idea of getting into the guest bathroom from the entry, rather than weaving through the adjoining guest bedroom that has a smaller door into the bathroom. After calling around to locksmiths and getting $50+ estimates just to look at our lock and then additional charges for the effort to open the door, I popped into a wonderful local shop that sold us a couple of old fashioned skeleton keys for just a couple of bucks.
Aren’t those chubby little cutie hands so cute?! Well, we put those baddogs to work (the keys, not the cuties) and one of them, combined with some muscle and scoring the paint around the door, worked – door open!
Deciding whether to open this door into the office was a trickier decision. We already replaced the existing door to the office (from the living room) with this one:
We didn’t want to remove that door or move it to a different spot for no good reason. And the office is pretty tight already, which means it really cannot support two doors into the same room. Also, while ugly now (paint will happen people!), the bookcases and file drawer storage is really functional and would be pricey, and a total pain, to replace.
Based on all of those considerations, we decided to let go of the office/entry door and drywall over that sucker.
So that’s how we resolved the mysterious doors in the entry and started making it into a more functional space. Anyone else have mystery doors in their house? Or get some old fashioned keys to open years-closed doors? Those keys were the single-least-expensive purchase for the entry, but probably delivered the most value.
p.s. For those of you following on Instagram, we gave a hint of what we started this weekend in the basement!