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September 19, 2018

Dapper Doors

By Julia

When we moved into our house, we were a little surprised at how many doors there were inside. Every doorway that could have a door attached to it had a door at one point in time. The previous owners had taken some of these down and put them in the storage area to improve the flow of the space. But when we adopted our dog, we needed to rehang some of these doors to corral him. Thankfully, we still had all of the doors themselves. However, what we were missing was the hardware. Between mix-and-match hardware from the doors in storage and years of thick paint on the door jambs, this small project turned into a big one.

The doors are all slightly different widths, so we also had to figure out which doors fit on which frames. This door had been painted off-white at some point, which is an interesting contrast to the stark white trim.

The strike plate for this latch was long gone. Luckily, we found one on a different frame where we had taken down a door earlier in the year. Getting it to fit in this paint-encrusted opening took some work with an X-Acto knife, paint thinner, and a scraper.

This door jamb cleaned up nicely with a little elbow grease!

Here is my husband scraping old latex paint out of the door jamb where the hinges would go. Safety first, even on the smallest of projects.

I love finish on this door. Sadly, our dog clawed it shortly after we hung it up, so it is less lovely-looking now. This door was also missing a knob, so we borrowed one from the door we removed from another area.

The (mostly) finished product! The off-white side of the first door ended up being less noticeable as it faces our stairs to the basement.

And here is the doorknob installation. We are still in search of some matching hardware like this in the event we have to rehang any of the doors from which we borrowed hardware.

How about you, dear readers? Have your previous homeowners left you any surprises that made your projects more time consuming? Or do any of you have any suggestions on where to find vintage hardware?


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2 Responses to Dapper Doors

  1. Barbara Grandy Reply

    September 19, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    It is so much fun listening to all the adventures you have had with your home. Who would think door knobs would be an adventure…keep up the great posts.

    • Julia Reply

      September 25, 2018 at 8:04 pm


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