The gathering of materials for the house continues, and our latest find was an entire set of interior doors, including a pair of leaded glass french doors and gorgeous antique headers, all made of solid fir. They were removed from an old house that was being renovated, and are probably almost 100 years old.
The doors are in great shape for the most part, but we will spend the summer fixing them up and refreshing them with a lick of paint so that they're ready to go once the house is up. The thing that baffles me is that the people who were renovating the house pulled out these gorgeous old doors (each one must weigh close to 100 pounds - they are SOLID) and replaced them with MDF doors in the exact same style! Go figure.
The thing that sold my husband on them were the incredible knobs and backplates that they had. A few are a little bit stiff, but hopefully with some work they'll be as good as new.
Before we bought them we looked at a few building supply stores to compare how much solid wood doors go for and whether we'd be getting a good deal with these. Let's just say that we got all 14 doors for almost half of what one new solid wood door would cost, not including the hardware.
We've got a fair amount of work ahead of us to get them ready, but I love that these doors will breathe some character and and a sense of history into our otherwise brand new house.