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DS Advent Calendar, Day 16: Vintage Front Doors

Dated Posted: December 16th, 2011

Written By: Leila

If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll know I’ve been taking advantage of holiday wreath galleries like this one from House & Home to ogle beautiful doorways, and it may come as a surprise that it took 16 days of the DS Advent Calendar to get to front doors! A grand old house with an inappropriate front door is a sad sight indeed – a vintage front door is one of the best gifts you can give your home if its original has been removed, and returning the façade to its original splendor will do wonders for your curb appeal. If you’re not sure what would look right on your home, walk around your neighbourhood to get an idea of what sort of door would have been there.

We always have lots of front doors in various sizes and styles, but we just got in some really special ones, like this handsome door here:

Front doors range from around $250 to $2800.

From the Expert Advice section on our website:

We are the first to admit that finding the right vintage door is not the easiest undertaking; it’s a labour of love and those that understand the value and beauty of old construction and well-seasoned materials are happy to go the extra mile to make our doors work for them. First step: speak to your contractor – some are happy to work with older doors, others prefer the pre-hung variety, and it’s important to have your carpenter on your side! Next step: take measurements of your existing door. If you find one you love that’s not quite the right size, there are some options. Most doors can be cut down in height or augmented in either dimension, particularly if you plan on painting them. Holes can be filled, paint can be stripped, thermal glass can be inserted, and we are happy to refer you to experts that can make all this happen. We sell our doors as-is because everyone has a different plan!

Missed what we’ve included in our calendar so far? Click here for the full DS Advent Calendar.