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Three Ways to Remove Paint from Door Hardware

by M.E. Russell

Three methods for removing old paint from hardware

I'm currently living in a home that has most likely been painted at least every 2 years since the 50s. The paint-history totally shows on all the door knobs, playing out in accidental swipe marks and drips. If you were to peek behind the knobs you could literally see the years play out in paint layers, with many of those layers ending up on the hardware itself. They say it's the details that create the big picture, and after seeing how sleeker my hardware looks after stripping it, I have to agree. While you might not feel like painted-over hinges and handles are worth the effort of restoring, it's amazing how fresh and new your home will feel. I tried out three different methods of removing old paint from hardware, and am here to tell you what worked. I'll walk you through what I did, what I learned, and what the pros and cons are of each method.       

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Contemporary Glass Door Knobs

by DIY Maven

Contemporary Glass Door Knobs

I know someone, who shall remain nameless, who, when about to move out of their early 20th century walk-up apartment, absconded with all of the flat's period glass door knobs. In (somewhat) defense of the renter, s/he did replace them with standard metal door knobs from the hardware store. This was back in the '70s, so

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Crestview Doors: Period-Perfect Front Doors for Mid-Century Modern Homes

by Alicia Lacy

Crestview Doors: Period-Perfect Front Doors for Mid-Century Modern Homes


When David and Christiane Erwin remodeled their 1951 cottage a few years ago, they wanted to restore the home to its original, mid-century modern look and feel. Along the way, they ran into a problem ... they couldn't find a period-appropriate front door. They turned this problem into an amazing thing, a company called Crestview Doors

created at: 07/11/2010

After making a replica of a neighbor's door to fit their own front door frame, the Erwins started building...

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a $300 Giftcard from Crestview Doors

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Giveaway: Win a $300 Giftcard from Crestview Doors

Curbly is very pleased to announce our latest giveaway: a $300 giftcard to CrestviewDoors.com, makers of mid-century doors and kits to match your atomic-age home.

created at: 07/19/2010

We've always been big fans of David and Christine's family-owned business. We wrote about them a few years ago, and are happy their continuing to grow and produce great do-it-yourself Doorlite kits to add geometric windows to an existing door. Learn more about this awesome...

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Chic Door Stops

by Lilybee

When it's flop-on-the-tile-floor, fantasize-about-sprinklers-hot opening every window to create a lovely cooling cross breeze is the best idea ever. But at our place we get a 5 minute drum solo of slamming doors with even the slightest breeze. So we have a collection of things propping the doors open. Like this.

created on: 08/07/08

Now crusty old boots are a 'look'. But I've been searching for something a little more chic. CraftyClaire over at Make and Do...

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Need Your Clever Ideas

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

We just made a clean sweep of the greenery and holiday stuff and the same old dilemma is staring me in the face.  I won't divulge how long we've lived in this house, but will share that I have never been able to figure out what to do with these two big sliding glass monsters.  The first image is looking from the front hallway right on through the dining room and smack dab onto the porch.  The second image is in the breakfast area off of the...

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Extreme Vinyl Make Over With 303

by DIY Maven

Extreme Vinyl Make Over With 303

Why the manufacturers of 303 Aerospace Protectant™ don’t make it available in every big box and hardware store in the country, astounds me. It is the absolute best way to give new life to vinyl. Around the house that includes vinyl windows, doors, shutters, patio furniture, spa and pool covers and the like. To illustrate 303's extraordinary ability, take a look at my in-law’s sun-bleached front door before an application of 303, which consists of...

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Slab Door Augmentation

by DIY Maven

Slab Door Augmentation

Got flat doors? Want a little enhancement? Check out Ron Hazelton’s tutorial on DIY door augmentation. It’s a relatively simple process that gives slab doors a recessed panel look. Note: Ron assumes some woodworking ability for the DIYer; however, it’s still a nice tutorial.

An alternative to Ron's molding idea is to apply (with finish nails) recessed door panels directly to the flat door for a dimensional look. Recessed panels are often sold at...

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