Written on September 6, 2009
Originally I wanted to replace our interior and exterior doors with salvaged pieces that were worn, textured and full of character. My hunt for the perfect doors led me to expensive antique shops like Salvage One + Architectural Artifacts to economical non-for-profits like the Rebuilding Exchange.
I found that no two doors measured the same in dimension due to natural weathering + warping, but differed more so because of different standards + building codes. There have been so many beautiful pieces I’ve fallen in love with that are just a tad too big or small for our door openings.
So why not just make the perfect door fit? Changing the size of a door opening means re-framing wall studs, which I really don’t want to do. Also, hanging a door into an egress is somewhat of a more detailed job than anticipated. -Especially when it involves carving out a mortise into the jam for the hinges and trimming a not so square vintage door to fit.
Solution: New Shaker flat panel doors stained to match our dark brown floors. What do you think of the designs below?!
There are so many options for door hardware, but these two are my favorites: