Hi everyone! As a realtor, I show or preview homes regularly. And, one of the often overlooked updates in homes are the door stoppers. You know the springy widget that keeps your door from slamming into the baseboards and drywall (or sheetrock depending on where you live). Many homeowners, including us, updated the hardware and hinges a few years ago and checked that box. I blew off the door stoppers because the hardware installation was so time-consuming. Well, now it’s time to replace the under appreciated door stoppers.
And, for your entertainment, I have a video at the bottom of the post (if I can figure out how to turn off the acoustical background music when I start to talk). My family would say there’s a reason to leave the music on. #snarkyfamily
My original plan was to just remove & replace the paint splattered, brassy door stoppers.
Ironically, this is where I hit the project stall phase. Because who wants to spend a Saturday cleaning baseboard? But, lucky me my OCD side kicked into gear.
And, then I found these black, spring doorstops online at Home Depot. The black springs and rubber door stop matched my door hardware. Finding these new door stops was the motivation I needed to clean and repaint the baseboards.
My new, black doorstoppers deserved clean backdrop; or baseboard.
Yes, I cheated a bit because of the prep to clean and paint the baseboards before installing the new doorstoppers. I decided to keep this project moving forward to break this project into manageable steps; I cleaned and painted only the baseboards adjacent to a door (and stopper).
Maybe I was too harsh on those homeowners who ignored replacing all those doorstoppers?
Here is a (rough) video tutorial on how to install the doorstoppers because it took me a few minutes to figure out how to attach the spring to the backplate. Again, my son would remind me, “Mom, it’s rough.”
Door Stopper Video