Thursday, May 3, 2018

1920's Era Cabinet Doors With Divided Lights

A young man with a storage shed filled with his various vintage and older collections (great junk) had a garage sale at his parent's home last weekend. 

We weren't the first to arrive, there were lots of spaces empty on the tables and tarps on the grass. He had made a rain shield by attaching ropes to one end to his truck and the other to his parent's garage door and built two U shape frames and draped tarps over the frames to keep his tables and furniture dry.

Two multi-paned  windowed cabinet doors were left - flaking white paint, rot on the bottom of one door, missing multin pieces, doors embellished with old spider webs holding bits and pieces of dried out 'things'.

Below is the 'work in progress' .

DH has worked on making these windowed cabinet doors structurely solid. Vacuuming was involved for the various flakes and messes from the doors. My job on this project has been to find things and clean.

Didn't take a 'before' of the really dirty glass and blizzard of flaking paint. 

Repairs to the individual (divided glass) lights - 9 mitered muntins (short molding pieces) were needed, 5 were missing in addition to the 4 little pieces that fell off one cabinet door as we moved the doors. Picked them up from the grass fortunately.

  The doors were most likely originally built-in cabinet doors for a dining room back in the days when carpenter's made built-in furniture. The doors are probably from the 1920's era and are probably from a craftsman style house. They were most likely custom made in a sash and door company, made out of Douglas Fir, in British Columbia.

One glass door pull was left on a door (and it is so rusted on that it doesn't want to leave). Love the age/use patina of this piece.

'Little pieces of wood that may be useful sometime in the future' were out in the shed and were brought in to see if they would be the right size and depth for repairs. Worked.

Cut to length and mitered the muntins (the little pieces) were each attached with a single nail. That allows the individual pieces of glass to be removed if  4 muntins are removed in case the glass breaks.
The bottom on one cabinet door needed glued and clamped and reinforced because the doors had been stored in the heat/damp of a shed for so long that the original glue had disintegrated.

While the doors were stored a shed they did absorb moisture and started to rot. This repair has been started but is not yet finished.

A top piece of wood that had to be removed was part of the original structure - right side of the above door (but cut flat now). More work is needed before this cabinet door can be re-purposed.

Mystery doors to be made useful again.

More to come.

Below - built in cabinets from a 1916 Sears Kit House on Flicker.

Perhaps the two we are working on were  doors for dining room built-in storage.

Our project is not finished so I will either add photos later or write another post on how the repaired divided light cabinet doors look when they are re-purposed.

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  1. What a great find. I love doors like that. Sometimes we just clean them up and sell, other times we use on pieces we're repurposing. So glad you found and saved them.

  2. What a treasure to bring home! You two do such good work! Seeing the clap and the way you repair things reminds me of Louis Dean. He loves the challenge of doing work like that! At the ranch, he cut the holes for the electrical outlets too big or not the right place. Using wood putty, glue and tissue paper, you would never know they weren’t done right in the first place! Y’all have a real gift for the redemption of old things!

  3. This is a real treasure and how wonderful that you have the ability to save the windows.

  4. YOu found yourself quite a find my friend, look how wonderful those doors look now!

  5. Amazing find! Those doors are lucky to find you and receive all that TLC. Look forward to seeing how you use these gorgeous doors.

  6. You find the best "stuff" and turn them into diamonds. Fun! Happy Monday!

  7. I love that you found an old illustration that depicts what your old doors might have once looked like, although it does seem that they'll need lots of TLC to make them charming once again I believe that if anyone can you can! BTW Mullins is now my new favourite word!

  8. You have your work cut out for you! I'm sure you're right about the origins of the pieces.

  9. Wonderful finds! I love that you are re-purposing them. Old windows and doors have such personality that is hard to find these days. Visiting from 'Keep in Touch'. x Karen

  10. Awesome find!! Thanks for sharing with us at the To grandma's house we go link party!

  11. These are fabulous. I can't wait to see what you do with them. Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch.


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