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Project by WebErika posted 03-30-2014 02:03 AM 718 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My husband and a friend of ours took apart an old building near where we live, in the rural north Georgia mountains, and under the building was a set of French doors. Well they were too pretty to just scrap, and every pane of glass was intact (and each one hand cut!) so they came home with us.

I’m finally getting around to restoring them and this is the first one.
(yes, that is a little dog under the table. 2 in fact.)

I’ll take more pics after I have the other one done and then hang them both above our fireplace in the living room.

-- Have a happy day!





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Vertigo

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 02:33 AM

For being as roached as it was you did an awesome job Erika. Congrats on that. Good work

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 02:36 AM

Thank Greg. I really enjoyed it, more than I though I would. :) One more to go!

-- Have a happy day!

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 02:38 AM

Well let us know what you do with them

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 02:54 AM

I’m a sucker for old doors and windows. Currently I have one 10-light like these and two 15-lights waiting restoration and I’ve never done a french door. You give me hope ! One 15-light is fire damaged; not burnt, just scorched enough to break the glass. Any suggestions for that? I’d love to pair them up.

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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WebErika

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 03:23 AM

Greg: they are going above our fireplace. I saw someone online with a couple of old window, long style, and I thought it looked pretty neat. We’ve got quite a huge expanse of tongue and groove board up into a cathedral ceiling, so hoping it fills some of it up.

Juriathe: So you are missing some glass? You should be able to get some replacement from one of the box stores, and cut to size if it’s not a standard. These doors were not standard, and you could tell the original carpenter hand cut every piece. Barely a straight edge. :)

-- Have a happy day!

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lightweightladylefty

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#6 posted 03-30-2014 04:25 AM

Erika,

What a transformation! Nice work.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 03-30-2014 07:10 AM

WoW! A real come back from the brink!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-30-2014 09:57 AM

That is an amazing transformation, Erika! What process did you use to strip the paint? Any chance you will blog the next one? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 11:30 AM

That’s a heck of a lot of work. You did an awesome job on it. They’re gonna look gr8 when they’re done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#10 posted 03-30-2014 12:40 PM

wow, amazing transformation, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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WebErika

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#11 posted 03-30-2014 04:01 PM

Thanks guys! I probably could have been extra meticulous and sanded out all the old white paint from the muntins, but I still wanted the door to look like its age. I think it worked out quite well. :)

-- Have a happy day!

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RibsBrisket4me

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 05:46 PM

Very impressive work AND you saved a really cool door to be used for decades.

Thumbs up!

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#13 posted 03-30-2014 08:59 PM

Nice Resto!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#14 posted 03-30-2014 09:26 PM

Erika, you are very brava, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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