Editors' Picks: Restoring Old Doors

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Our editors highlight new and classic articles, along with favorite products and current bookstore sales. This week, get the inside scoop on period doors.

If windows are the eyes of a home, then the door is undoubtedly its heart, ushering in friends and loved ones and contributing greatly to the overall character of the house. Which is why having the right period-appropriate door for your old house is so important—and these three articles can get you on the right track. If you need to get rid of a previous owner's inappropriate replacement, we've got a crib sheet on door styles from every era. If you just need to change out the hardware, brush up on some popular styles from eras past. And if everything is still intact but begging for a little TLC, we've got a step-by-step guide to making old doors good as new.

Georgian and other classical entrances take temple forms. (Photo: Woodstone)

Doors and Entrances by Design: Here’s help in finding stylistic matches for the portals fronting your old house.

Knobs, Latches, and Levers: Getting a handle on historic hardware styles.

How To Renew Old Doors: Even antique doors that are seriously damaged can be brought back to life, but sometimes you just have to replace a worn door. Here’s a useful technique for each situation.

New This Week

Retro Kitchen on a Budget: A Cincinnati couple gives their tired Tudor kitchen a retro makeover—at a rock-bottom price.

Creating Colorful Curb Appeal: Coordinating your garden with your paint scheme can pump up your home’s overall allure.

How To Prevent Lightning Damage: Make sure your house and its contents are well-grounded with an approved and inspected lightning protection system.

Products & Services Directory

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Manchester Arts & Crafts-style screen door, $1,012
From Touchstone Woodworks

For 20 years, Touchstone Woodworks founder Tina Walters has been custom-crafting mahogany screen doors to fit a variety of old houses. The company's repertoire includes more than 70 styles, including Victorian, Arts & Crafts, and Colonial, plus porch posts, balusters, railings, and exterior brackets to match. Custom wall panels, transoms, and doors with interchangeable tempered glass panels are also available for creating period-perfect three-season rooms.

View all Doors in the Products & Services Directory.

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Everything you need to know about adding the right finishing touches to your home-improvement or new construction project can be found in this book.

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This book is full of more than 400 top notch ideas for a range of styles and sizes of kitchens. Learn how to make smart choices about what you really want in your kitchen.

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This book serves as a useful introduction to kitchen design, and an inspirational visual reference for homeowners considering their own custom projects.