Installing a Salvaged Door

You can find new and used doors all over Craigslist. Many are cheap, flimsy, interior doors but you’ll also come across some solid gems that were removed from old homes and built from one piece. Often times the heights and widths of these older doors won’t fit into modern door frames so you’ll need to modify your existing door frame accordingly.

According to the Times Union, here’s what you need to retrofit an old door into a new space:
1. Old door – not too warped, preferably with hardware intact
2. A very good carpenter – somebody who knows how to handle a little warping
3. Non perfectionist attitude – the idea here is that it will look like it’s always been there
photo: ann-dabney

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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