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Old 01-19-2020, 03:52 AM
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Do you have something in your house that is in really crappy condition but there is just something about it that you just can't let it go? In my house it is my back door! Our back door is a dutch door. It is so unique and from the early 1900s when the house was built. I loved that door from the moment I saw the house. Unfortunately it is in really bad condition. The door handle fell off, and the remaining hardware is tarnished and just ugly. We remodeled the whole room, which used to be the kitchen, but is now a mudroom/laundry/half bath. We left the door so it stands out like a sore thumb. I can't let it go. I'm considering having it refinished or painted and getting new hardware of course. I don't know why I'm dragging my feet on this project.


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Old 01-19-2020, 04:42 AM
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Because it's a unique piece with character! I love it. I personally wouldn't paint it. It represents a time and place in your home. Maybe do the hardware if it's not working, but it's a great door.
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Old 01-19-2020, 05:51 AM
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I agree itís fabulous, a piece of art really. I love Dutch doors and the wood is wonderful. Do you really need/want your mud room to match perfectly? I would definitely not paint it, but I would get it in working order. Iíd go to a door expert who could recommend appropriate (not trendy) hardware. Showcase that door, Jackie.
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Old 01-19-2020, 05:54 AM
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Before you do anything drastic, give this a try. I’ve used it to revive the finish on old furniture. It’s not a stripper, it just renews the finish. You just wipe it on and off with a soft cloth.


https://www.howardproducts.com/product/restor-a-finish/

Then I’d follow it up with Howard’s Feed n Wax.
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Old 01-19-2020, 05:59 AM
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Donít paint it! You should be able to find new hardware with an antique look. Keep it as close to original as possible.


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Old 01-19-2020, 06:06 AM
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That's a very unique door and I LOVE the white door frame around it! I think you made a wise decision keeping it there! I would not paint the door.

tchrrx and anonymouse have given you excellent suggestions on what to try before you even consider replacing the door.

By the way, I love your mudroom. That door, being the original, just makes the room even more unique! Just seeing part of the room, I already am thinking the rest of the room and your home must be beautiful!!
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Old 01-19-2020, 06:11 AM
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Itís stunning. I wouldnít let it go either.
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Old 01-19-2020, 06:26 AM
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I agree with others, I would keep it. I actually think it looks perfect in the photos. I agree with others, call an expert and see what can be restored but donít paint it.
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Old 01-19-2020, 06:28 AM
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I agree with PPs...that beauty deserves to be spruced up. I LOVE IT
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Old 01-19-2020, 06:44 AM
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I agree that you don't need to do much to that door beyond working hardware. The only other thing I might consider is moving it to a more prominent location.


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Old 01-19-2020, 06:54 AM
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I agree that you don't need to do much to that door beyond working hardware. The only other thing I might consider is moving it to a more prominent location.
So funny you say that. I have a door in between my dining room and kitchen. That door leads to a side porch. Down the line, I am considering rebuilding the side porch to a wrap around front porch. The dutch door can be moved to that location. It's a thought we've been tossing around. However, between the major kitchen renovation last year and getting the house resided, and the basement renovation this year, we are a little low on funds to redo the porch. Something has to give and I think we will be leaving that door there for awhile.
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:02 AM
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Not the topic of discussion, but I LOVE your dining chairs.
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:02 AM
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Your home is absolutely beautiful! I love the deep ,dark, rich wood color of your flooring and furniture!
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:11 AM
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Not the topic of discussion, but I LOVE your dining chairs.
Thanks Amiga-I got them at Arhaus Furniture. I had my eye on that dining set for ten years, not exaggerating. Every holiday or birthday I asked for an Arhaus gift card. I saved and saved to get it. I wouldn't settle for any other dining table or chairs. LINK The people who work there were laughing when I finally went to purchase the set. The store is in this ritzy mall in a very wealthy area of NJ. They didn't know how to use the gift cards for purchases because people who shop there don't need to use gift cards. They were truly baffled. I said to them they must not get many teachers and police officers shopping there .
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:21 AM
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I am considering rebuilding the side porch to a wrap around front porch. The dutch door can be moved to that location.
Yes, that would be a perfect way to showcase that door. You can probably find a vintage door handle at an architectural salvage place that would match the age of the door.
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:36 AM
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I would get the hardware refinished. I would also paint the door. Which seems to be an unpopular decision.
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Old 01-19-2020, 08:21 AM
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I had my eye on that dining set for ten years, not exaggerating. Every holiday or birthday I asked for an Arhaus gift card. I saved and saved to get it. I wouldn't settle for any other dining table or chairs.
Jackie, I’ve always liked you, but now I love you. My mom understood furniture (and clothes) and she taught me your philosophy. I want what she called “good pieces” for my focus. I also accent with fun stuff (2 favorite stools are from Target), but Mom taught me about the value of quality.

When DH and I were first married and very poor, we had hand-me-down furniture. It was fine until we could afford, piece by piece, our own. Eventually Mom went with me to choose a coffee table and 2 end tables (in those days things matched). They were half-off and still expensive to me. 40 years later I’m still happily using the coffee table and 1 end table. They’re not trendy, but I love them. You’ll always have your dining set and I’ll bet you love it 40 years from now.

Aren’t you smart to get furniture you love.
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Old 01-19-2020, 08:21 AM
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I'd definitely just get the hardware restored or replaced. There are probably salvage places near you that could help you find hardware.
As for moving it to the future front porch place, I think its finish and design might look out of place in your dining room area. I'd keep it in the mud room.
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Old 01-19-2020, 08:29 AM
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I would restore the hardware or replace it. I would also move it to someone more prominent. SOmewhere you can use it. I wouldn't get rid of it either.
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:33 AM
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Itís fabulous!! Completely agree with previous poster about Howard refinishing products. Revitalized my kitchen cabinets. Yes, clean it up, repair or replace with same vintage hardware (donít add current hardware).

And if it works it the other spot, definitely move it there.
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:51 AM
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If you need to have a carpenter repair any cracks etc. in the wood or refinish it, spend the money and do that! There are places online that sell antique hardware or reproductions. That door is so great.
To me it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb, it stands out like a beautiful antique and adds some real eye appeal to the room.
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:17 AM
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I love your home and furniture too Jackie Such a lovely place to live ! Careful thought has gone into every part of your home. I would keep that exquisite dutch door in that space and think about getting a second one for the dining area.
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:40 AM
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I love the door! I wouldnít paint it. I would leave t where it is but get it in working order.
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:50 PM
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I love this door- donít you dare get rid of it! It definitely needs some TLC to pull the space together. The stain is a little yellow for the interior. I would sand and then stain it with a better color match. Then just swap out the hardware
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It's a great door.
Old 01-19-2020, 01:06 PM
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I agree with the pps who recommend a hardware fix and only a clean-up of the finish.
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Old 01-19-2020, 05:17 PM
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Omg! Yours looks so much better than mine! I love your door- donít even dream of getting rid of it!

I am going to have to post a picture of my 1970ís front door that I canít let go of. I know it can be a wonderful beautiful door because my sister has one very similar that is in awesome condition. Mine needs to be stripped and refinished and probably needs some new hardware as well. (My DH is replacing the ugly pee colored 70ís window on Tuesday- so ignore that)
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Old 01-19-2020, 06:00 PM
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That door is beautiful! You've done yourself a service by not letting it go. If you ever get it refurbished you'll need to show us a pic!
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