A Door. On A Diet.

In 2016, I did a post about the bathroom door in the Round Bedroom.


You can see in the image how the door had been made wider. This was true for the other side as well. Vertical extensions had been nailed on. But why?

As the post reveals, I learned that the door was originally the door between the dressing room and closet. When these two small rooms were combined into one room in 1929 the door was made wider, and fitted into an existing opening which originally held only a curtain.


Today, I was looking at the sad door (it looks really pitiful) when an idea popped into my head.

The door needed to go on a diet, STAT!


And now, with the sloppy extensions removed, ta-da! I also removed the hardware on the left side, and found (to my immense delight) that it perfectly fitted back into its original location (right) after badly installed filler was removed. Squee!


But, what to to with the newly slender door? See between the two doors? See the opening in the far wall?


I knocked that opening into the wall last year. There was a door there in 1894, leading into the toilet room. This was blocked over in 1929. I re-opened it to lead into a new utility closet and (drum roll, please) it needs a door!


After removing the extensions, I was also delighted to discover the filled-in hinge locations! So, the original hinges will be returned to these original locations.


I get such a thrill undoing badly done work.

Oh, and what about the Round Bedroom bathroom bereft of a door? I will see if Dr. Doug will make me a new one to match all the other doors. He already did one for the Sewing Room bathroom.

NOTE: I will attach to the door a note explaining where it was originally. Who knows, somebody many decades from now may reinstall it in its original location.



  1. Arkay on March 7, 2021 at 10:47 am

    I get such a thrill when you fix something badly done and bring another tiny piece of the Cross House back to life.

    • Rick S on March 7, 2021 at 11:26 am

      What a blessing is they reused the doors, instead of trashing the original and buying a replacement.

      Maybe the doors should be labeled on the top edge where they were originally.

      You have an Old House Clue Game.

  2. Debbie Stevens on March 7, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Its the little things in life that count. 🙂

  3. Bonnie Graham on March 7, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    I love a good mystery and watching you figure out where everything was originally makes me very happy. Keep up the good work.

    • Ross on March 7, 2021 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you, Bonnie!

  4. Laurie L Weber on March 7, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Sherlock ‘Homes” strikes again! What a master-mind! Lady is smiling 🙂

  5. Sean on March 8, 2021 at 11:49 am

    One of my favorite things about old houses is the view from room to room- Looking out into the hallway the staircase, the arch, all that architectural beauty just beckons the eye…

  6. Mike on March 8, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Yes, you are fortunate to have so much of the original fabric still there, even if it has moved around somewhat. A friend of my daughter just bought an 1890s house similar to mine a few blocks from us; it had been remodeled several times over the decades, and pretty much all of the original doors, trim, etc. is long gone with the exception of the staircase. I gave them the name of a guy who has replicated some trim for me, but they are going to have to live in it as-is for a few years until they can afford to begin the restoration process. I’m glad they were able to see beyond the drop ceilings, 60s paneling, and hollow-core doors and see that there is a good old house there that can shine again one of these days…

  7. Leigh on March 9, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Awww… the Cross House is delighted as well! It “beams” with delight.

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