This was the front door to our East Wing:
And this was the front door to our West Wing:
We spent a lot of our last Christmas break looking for salvaged Craftsman style doors. The trouble was, we didn’t want any windows or glass in the door, which kind of contradicted the Craftsman style. At that time we didn't find anything suitable. Then later, around March, K locked himself out of the house and had to break down the old door to get back in. That meant we had to rush find a new front door.
That’s when we came across this beauty at Santa Fe Wrecking Company:
Yes, it does have glass. But the row of glass is up so high, someone would have to be pretty tall to peek into our living room. Plus the price was right. $65. We couldn’t argue with that. Even if it were only a temporary door, it was a good deal.
And the here's the crappy lock set that came with the old East Wing door:
Naturally, it broke in the break-in so we also needed a new lock set. Not that we would have kept the old one anyway.
I found an Arts & Crafts style lock set from HomesteadHardware.com
I could have chosen to buy a similar lock/handle set here for only about $500 more. The difference? As far as I can tell, about $500.
When the new handle arrived, it seemed enormous. Like a door handle fit for a castle. Here's a comparison with my size 5 1/2 shoe:
Pay no attention the the crappy paint on the horrible aluminum siding. That's a project for summer 2010.
K preps the door for a little painting:
We decide on the color that will match our window trim and the edges of our front yard fence:
And here we are!
and the handle doesn't look that big anymore:
For the interior we went with Sherwin Williams' Hubbard Squash because we'd already used it elsewhere in the house.
Tomorrow, front door number two.