Friday, August 20, 2010

Victorian Front Entrance Doors

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.

After stripping and sanding.

Back on it's hinges to see the effect. Good! Now, the other door.
Note that the glass aluminum door and outer frame have been done beforehand.


sunshine said...

I LOVE the colour. It makes such a big difference. Good job!
Can't wait to see both finished. :)


The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Laura,

Thank you, yes, a little less drab I think.

Mrs. D said...

Hi Anyes,

Great job. I like the new colors for your front doors. Reminds me of starched collar and cuffs; looks clean and crisp! You've been chasing away the dull, and bringing on a lighter airy look.

I love the look--the lighter trim and red showcase your etched glass doors. Stunning.

I'll bet cars slow down to check out your house, and those who walk by, stop just to take it all in. Ever catch people/cars doing that? What a compliment.

Mrs. D

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Ms. D,
Thank you so much. People do slow down, but they hurry on their way when my dogs start barking at them as if to say " What are you looking at!"
Thank you for dropping in.

Eastlake Victorian said...


The door is looking great! Nice color selection. I agree, lighter is better in this case. I love double entrance doors!