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I played catch-up this weekend – catching up on writing the details of the antique swinging door HH and I completed a couple of weeks ago. This week, I have three posts to share about the antique door renovation, the swinging door installation, and finally how to replace glass panes with stained glass.
Our new swinging door was a renovation from an antique door I found for cheap. You saw the completed pictures in Home Jewelry.
My friend who made the stained glass windows says that stained glass is the jewelry for your home. It truly does fancy things up.
Before we were ready to add the jewelry, the door needed some work. Here is the door leaning against the garage after I brought it home last year.
The mouse-hole at the bottom edge was only the beginning of water damage and rot. I cut half an inch off the door across the entire bottom edge to find clean, hard wood. The mouse-hole required a more involved process to repair.
After chipping out a large area of rotten wood surrounding the mouse-hole, I sanded the area and cleaned it with acetone as instructed in the wood filler kit directions.
I mixed the quantities of the ingredients according to the product instructions, or a close guess, anyway. The hardener works fast, so mix the solution and move quickly to get the filler into place. This is the all-purpose filler I used, which works well for large areas.
This is how the area looked after the first application of filler.
Don’t you love how I globbed it on there so un-prettily? (That’s a word, right?)
This was a two-step process since the area to fill was huge. After sanding the dried filler, I placed a strip of plywood under the door and slid a piece of wax paper between.
I folded the wax paper over and blocked the bottom edge with a 1″ x 4″ strip of wood. My cordless screw driver was heavy enough to hold the board in place. (OK, HBD, I know you would have the perfect clamp thingy to use here, but I like to multi-task with my tools. 😉 Besides, I don’t have the right clamp thingy.)
I loaded the hole completely full, with a little extra mounded above the surface to allow for shrinkage as it dried.
After the filler hardened over night, the blocker boards came right off. Isn’t wax paper the best?
I sanded the area really well and then sanded the entire door.
Next, it was time for primer. I loved the stained wood and wanted to keep it, but the painted side of the door wouldn’t cooperate. After multiple paint stripping attempts, I couldn’t get the paint out of the wood grain. I made an executive decision to paint the entire door (because I like to pretend I’m an executive of something).
After the primer was dry and sanded, the door stood in the corner waiting…and waiting…and waiting. See the wooden trash can I primed that same day? My post Nothing Trashy Waste Basket was published on January 2, 2013. January!
Don’t be fooled, though. The trash can and door were painted last year – about a year ago now. I’m so timely like that. 😉
While the door occupied the garage corner, I ordered the pivot hinge to make this a swinging door. I’ll share all about How to Make Your Door Swing in my next post, the second installment of my antique door transformation posts. And in my third and final post about this door transformation, I’ll show you How to Install Stained Glass Windows.
Here’s a sneak preview of the door hanging in place – window-less, prior to installing the stained glass panes.
The door was painted with fresh paint to match our interior trim – but that happened after cutting the door for the swinging floor hinge and rounding the door’s side edges. We’ll discuss that during my next post, too.
What a blessing this new addition was! Little did we know how much we’d need this door after Izzy puppy arrived on the scene. No puppy should have full freedom to roam throughout the house at will, using your floors as their potty spot. Just as with children, puppies need boundaries – to be expanded as they handle the current situation with ease.
Well, oops! This isn’t a post about puppy training. We can always talk about that some other time. Or not. 😉
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