Front Door Upgrades

17 Feb

We showed you back in December here where we bought a new-to-us 1920’s front door from a salvage yard in Rockford.

It was beautiful but needed a little work. We had to chop off the bottom of it to fit our opening, move the handle to the other side, fill holes and sand it all.

IMG_2049Then we had to decide on a color to stain it. At first we thought to go a nice dark brown, but after we did a sample realized it would blend in too much with the hardwood floors (once they are finished to match upstairs). We decided on a cedar color.

Before I show the new door, here’s a look at the old one.


And here it is now:

IMG_2481Amazing right? We are in love. It lets in the perfect amount of light and has so much charm including beveled glass which is rare these days.

IMG_2473We added new oil rubbed bronze hardware which contrasts well with the cedar color I think.


With the fancy new door, we couldn’t have gold, broken front porch lights, so we headed to bought these ones from Home Depot that look like old school lanterns. They are by Hampton Bay and were $69/each, which isn’t bad for this look.


Here is what the door looks like from the inside. IMG_2465

And just for fun here is a side by side.

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Do you love it as much as we do?

10 Responses to “Front Door Upgrades”

  1. Dawn Mahon February 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Wow, what a difference. I love it!

  2. Linda April 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    Can I ask how much you bought the salvaged door for? I love the look and intrigue of old doors, but I am curious about the cost. Do you have a ball park you can post in a reply, or I could give you my email address if you’d like to reply there. Thanks!

    • 12oaksblog April 27, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

      It was around $100.

  3. Katie August 23, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    What salvage shop in Rockford did you find this at??

    • 12oaksblog August 23, 2015 at 9:07 am #

      It’s not an actual shop with regular hours. But the address is 120 N Main Street. His name is Frank.


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