When I originally brought this door home for restoration, I removed the glass panes. The glass came out easily once I carefully removed the molding that held it stable.
I decided right away that the old molding had to go.
The staples that held the molding in place was pretty old and tired. Besides, I wanted something a little more decorative, and tiny trim molding is pretty inexpensive. Priming and painting molding strips before cutting really saves time.
To cut my new pieces, I removed all the staples from the old molding and used each piece as a template for the new molding. A power miter saw came in very handy for the mitered corners.
Here are the old moldings laying beside the new molding strips, ready for installation.
Cutting the new molding pieces only took about 15 minutes. (Of course, having an extra pair of hands helped. Thanks, HH!)
Of course, a really smart person would have labeled the old strips as to which opening they fit into before she ever took them off the door. 😉
I pre-tested each stained glass pane to decide the best location for each one. (My window openings were slightly different, and the stained glass panels varied a tish, too.) I removed the glass and fit the molding pieces into the openings, switched a few around for a better fit, and then we were ready to install the windows
We began with nailing molding at the bottom pane and worked our way to the top pane. It was very simple and quick with a power trim nailer. We used 1-1/4″ brads for the door areas. For the thin stiles, we used 3/4″ brads.
When all panes were securely behind the molding strips, we caulked all the cracks and joints. The picture below shows the before caulk gaps.
I like to use painter’s putty for nail holes. It stays a little pliable and doesn’t shrink.
I promise y’all, I’m not paid by DAP to advertise their putty. I just like to use painter’s putty and wanted to share it. This just happens to be the brand on my shelf right now.
After the caulk and putty dries, it’s time for a final touch-up coat of paint.
I was surprised how easy and fast this installation turned out to be. It just goes to show we shouldn’t be intimidated by an unfamiliar project.
To re-cap, it all began with Home Jewelry.
You can read about the door renovation in Antique Door Restoration: Mouse Hole Eliminated. Later, we installed the door as a swinging door between our kitchen and hallway. You can read how to do that in my post about How to Make Your Door Swing.
This is the final post about this antique door project. Now you’ve got the low-down on the entire looooong project – a year, y’all. Here’s to a timely renovation the next time I drag home an antique door. (Did I hear a gasp in the other room?)
I’m thinking antique screen door from the kitchen out onto the porch. So farm-house-y, y’all. Stay tuned… (my laughter fades away as I close out this post).
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