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how to make a new door look old

Posted by vermontjackie (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 4, 08 at 17:51

We are doing a little renovating and I would dearly love to replace 2 of the old doors that have cracks in them with some new doors same style. We just stain them. My husband thinks they won't match the other doors which are old. I would love to have a door that I can get hardware for that doesn't loosen and fall off and actually closes. Does anyone have any ideas to distress a new door to match the other old ones?


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RE: how to make a new door look old

If I replaced every door that had cracks, I'd replace every door. A new door is rarely going to replicate an old one and most old ones are built from a much better quality of wood.


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RE: how to make a new door look old

I don't know how to distress a door, but you could always look at architectural salvage places to get old doors.


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RE: how to make a new door look old

a wood door moves as it gets dry in the winter and then absorbs moisture in the summer. If it is painted ( unless there are lots and lots of layers), there will cracks.
New doors will not have the patina of old ones, even if they are custom made to match.
There are excellent people with websites on the internet, and actual stores, who know lots and lots about old door knobs and latches. They can probably advise you, as well as sell you parts to fix what you have.


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RE: how to make a new door look old

we had all our trim antiqued by a fellow that knows his job well. He painted with primer,painted with paint he then sanded areas that get most wear & tear,That brought up primer some,he then put clear on,and antiqued The mix he made up for the antiquing..Beautiful.You cant tell which is new which is old.we had mouldings etc that needed replaced.


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