Editors' Picks: Restoring Old Doors

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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.

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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.

Restoring Period Doors

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

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

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