There are twenty-two (yes, 22) doors in my house, and, with the exception of the two that are contemporary replacements, each one of them has its own set of damages and defects. Six months ago, I started working on this door with the missing panels/creepy screening/interior sliding lock, and then stopped and forgot about it, probably because of the endless bathroom renovation. Last weekend, I came back to it.
As it turns out, the door had been hanging in the wrong spot when we bought the house. I think it’s actually supposed to be between the front and middle rooms on the second floor, and not on the closet. That makes a little more sense when it comes to the ventilation screens and lock. Phew! The closet was not used for pre-war troll storage after all.
So, the screens have been removed (it wasn’t clear in the earlier photo, but the trim pieces on the back of the door had been removed by whomever installed the screening), and the door has been scraped, sanded, patched, caulked, primed, and painted. I was originally planning to put new wood panels and trim in to restore the door, but looking at it now, I wonder if this isn’t a prime opportunity to do something different. I tend to not want to do things to my house that are “quirky”, but it did cross my mind that maybe I could, say, upholstered panels in this door. Or linen screens. Or wallpaper. Or…something.
Am I just being silly? I really don’t want to do anything that’s going to look gimmicky or cutesy. Maybe I should just put wood in and call it a day. Or leave them open, and laugh when the dogs stick their heads through.
ETA: The missing panels are on the bottom half of the door, not the top!