The Cross House has a double pair of entry doors. A solid outer set, and an inner set delicious with beveled glass.
Last week I began the process of removing alterations to each side of the entry doors…
…and this is the result. Much better! You can see the outer set of solid doors. I had these restored in 2014.
The inner doors have long been blighted by highly alligatored old varnish (or shellac), common to old houses. I have been wanting to restore the doors since buying the house but 4,739 other things needed attention. But, with the entry now looking a lot better, my attention fixated on the glittering beveled doors.
And a few hours later…magic. I liberally brushed on repeated coats of denatured alcohol, and gently rubbed with 0000 steel wool soaked in the alcohol. A toothbrush is an essential tool. I did the work while listening to a good audiobook (The Forgotten Garden), and the time flew by. I will do a bit more each time I am at the house, and soon will be able to post a glorious After! NOTE: Many people think that wood in old houses was dark. I cannot speak for every old house, but in the Cross House I have discovered that all my woodwork was light in color, or kinda medium (like in the library). This is also confirmed by taking off the hardware, revealing wood way lighter than evidenced by the old, darkened finish.
One of the things I most like about old house is the quality and beauty of everything, and this makes a huge difference in generating the gumption to get off my butt and restore the bits and pieces of an old house.
Conversely, spending any time restoring a 1980s hollow-core door, for example, is SO not enticing. No, my butt would much rather remain in a chair watching Downton Abbey, glass of wine nearby.
But restore a pair of 122-year-old oak doors glittering with beveled-glass jewels? Oh baby, I am itchin’ to get to work. And the results are incredibly satisfying.