Entry Door Restoration

Door that came with the houseDoor restoration project

While the photo on the left is admittedly a little rough, its good enough to give an accurate idea of the horrible, horrible door that greeted you when you entered our house when we first moved in. The image on the right is what we’ve replaced it with.

I’d say that the first obstacle you have to overcome is finding a door the correct size. It is only relatively recently that doors and windows started to come in standard sizes. That means that you are rarely able to buy a door right of the floor and install it in an old house.

We were lucky to find an original door to our street that a neighbor was willing to part with. Of course, they were willing to sell the door because it was in rough shape. With a lot of work — which included repairing broken and missing wood, having the leaded glass rebuilt, and replacing the larger panes with security glass — the door was finally able to be installed.

I know its a lot more work than most folks would do, but having a door that is appropriate to the house was worth it.
Door restoration projectYou can see some in process shots after the jumpDoor restoration project
Door restoration project
Door restoration project
Door restoration project


2 Responses to “Entry Door Restoration”

  1. Nicely done!
    Little by little I’m trying to pull together before/after pics that illustrate what a difference original doors make. This is a -great- testament to what a difference it makes. Beautiful. Hopefully it will also help make the case for not removing original doors in the first place.

  2. You should be a part of a contest for one of the highest quality websites on the web.
    I will highly recommend this site!

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