Renovating 2nd hand doors
Painting doors are one of the last (internal) jobs to be done in an owner builder house. Ours were all second hand (except one which was a second) and needed quite a lot of work to bring them up to scratch. I'd kept some of the original door plates and handles from the old bungalow which I cleaned up and fitted on freshly painted toilet and bathroom doors. The old paint was difficult to remove, but the putty knife did the trick, with smaller flecs removed with steel wool.
|Removing paint from a door handle plate using a putty knife and steel wool|
|Renovated door handle and plate on newly painted door for the toilet, same was done for the bathroom door|
Our front and carport entry doors are the same design. My glazing mate Dylan suggested that I replace the wooden panels with opaque white glass, that he could supply for me from left over stock he had laying around. I liked the idea and went ahead with it, completing the front door some time ago.
The carport entry door was a little more complicated as many of the beads had been eaten through by borers. I ended up replacing all of the internal ones with beads that I had recovered from the house deconstruction - just having enough for the job. I had enough of the original beads in reasonable condition to complete the outside. Quite a bit of putty filling and sanding later I got to paint it. I used a second hand door handle on it to finish it off, the same style that I used on the bedrooom doors in the house.
|Graffitied door panel before renovation|
|Carport entry door with external beads and panels removed, many internal beads damaged by borers|
|Completed carport entry door renovated with opaque glass panels installed and internal beads all replaced|
I needed a frame to attach the doors too, and so found a piece of hardwood suitable for the job which I ripped into three pieces, and then oiled with linseed - twice. The widths of each piece measured so that when the doors and frames come together they all fit in the space that I've got.
The doors took a long time to paint, requiring three coats, and quite a fiddly job. The fitting of the doors was quite a job too, it's an art that I haven't quite mastered - but I am getting better.
The cupboard door handles were replaced with recycled army cupboard door handles, as per the cool cupboard ones. I used magnets to keep the doors closed.
|Cupboard doors cleaned up reaady for painting and docked either end so they are all the same length.|
|Single piece of timber ripped into three, sanded and oiled with linseed to be used to frame the doors|
|Bedroom cupboard doors fitted with cleaned up recycled handles, as per cool cupboard|