My last house project for the season will be to repaint the front doors so they nicely match the freshly painted front windows and shutters. They are double wooden doors, original to the house and extremely heavy. I'm not sure if the etched glass is original to those doors, I find it hard to beleive that the glass would have remained intact all these years. Nevertheless, they are lovely. I first mentioned the front doors in October 2009 and again in January 2010.
The wooden doors are behind glass doors with aluminum frames. I'll try to make those aluminum doors look as good as these types of doors can, until we find something more appropriate. There is nine inches of frame between the glass doors and the wooden doors and there is an arched window above. Both offer architectural details that can be emphasized with different paint colours. I also intend to use some pattern details from the etched glass to repeat in the bottom square frame of the wooden doors. Let's see how that turns out.
The old paint was peeling in this strange bubbly way. When the sun hits the front entrance, I think the glass doors magnify the intensity of the sun on the wooden doors. On a sunny day, you could bake a cake in the space between those doors. Using pale colours as opposed to dark ones on those doors should help.
Note that the glass aluminum door and outer frame have been done beforehand.