There are a multitude of reasons why you might choose to take on the task of not just finding vintage doors but also restoring them to their former glory. Some may say there is a sense of accomplishment in taking something broken down and putting it into use again, others enjoy the challenge or simply being crafty. No matter what your reason we highly encourage the act of being resourceful and honoring age old designs that truly do add character to any home or building.
When beginning your adventure into the world of restoring vintage furniture, it is important to understand that because items are no longer being produced; you are working with an ever depleting stock. So you may have to get your hands dirty and begin by rummaging through our personal favorites; the scrap yard and or dumpsters. More often than not, one man’s trash will become another man’s treasure, in which case you may just find that perfect cast away door.
If the previous approach strikes you as a bit too extreme, no problem; there are always more civilized settings such as yard sales or garage sales. Most people may not realize the value in their old doors, so keep your poker face and do your best to work a deal.
The most obvious place to run across a period front door would be a second hand shop or if money is not an issue head straight for your local antique shop. These establishments are usually more aware of the beauty and value attached to doors of earlier periods, a fact which is usually reflected in the prices.
It is worth remembering when searching for period furniture on a budget; that an opportunity may arise out of nothing. As with all shrewd shoppers; keep your eyes open, be prepared to ask questions and you just might get lucky.
Restoration starts with the stripping process, which can also be considered the most difficult part of the project. You want to make sure that you have stripped all of the old paint, wax or residue from the door, followed by a wash using hot water and detergent. After you have cleaned the door set it aside until the wood has had time to completely dry.
Once the door has dried you will need to make any repairs that may be needed. Often the wood may need to be sanded down to create a nice even surface or holes may need to be filled in with putty. If replacing bits of wood, make sure to try and match the species, texture and grain as best you can.
Before finishing your period door; you will want to use a bit of scrap wood to test out your ideas. The last thing you want is to regret your choice of finish, especially when you worked so hard to get it to this stage.
Consider the type of wood you are working with, the natural colourations of the wood and where you will be installing the door when planning your finishing touches. Initial colours are laid down on the door whether you are using paint or a stain, followed by a seal or topcoat which is lightly sanded down between each layer.
Tint or glaze can be applied to ensure the colours are blended evenly and four to six coats of the topcoat will help to protect the wood. When all the layers are on and you are satisfied with the finished product you can rub, wax and buff your door to your desired shine.
Finding, restoring and finishing period wooden doors is not exactly a straight forward task. It takes a lot of patience and trust in the knowledge that the right door will come along. But sometimes when the vintage stars align, you could be left with a unique and individual item that will demand admiration for the years to come.
Isn’t it just a broken door and you need a lot of repairs? Not only restoration and renovation, we can also remodeling. Contact Karawang Home Renovation Services, we are a practicing construction contractor company.