In this case Cassity took the time to think ahead, to allow for varying heights and widths, and had her builder incorporate a couple of very sentimental antique doors into her new home.
This door, which leads to Cassity’s pantry, is believed to be from the 1880’s. Cassity found it stored in a barn on family property that once belonged to her great-great grandparents. The door, complete with original hardware, was found painted but Cassity had it striped down and refinished to the beauty you see here.
Using an old screen door, painting your existing pantry door a contrasting color or even hanging a beautiful fabric can help to set it apart from the norm. This red pantry door has always been a favorite of mine. I chose to use a glass pane door for my own pantry.
The second set of doors Cassity used are dated to the 1920’s and actually hung in her great-great grandparents home. Cassity’s Grandmother Beatrice (Whom Cassity Beatrice and her daughter Channing Beatrice are both named after) remembers the doors hanging in her grandparents home as a child. When the home was remodeled in the 1950’s the doors were stored in the same barn until Cassity gave them a new life. One of the coolest characteristics of these door is the original hardware. The hinges, which are mounted only at the top and bottom, allows the doors to swing in both directions. Very similar to a saloon door but on a french door.
Cassity told me her Grandmother Beatrice cried when she saw the doors installed in their new home. What a blessing to be able to use something this beautiful and sentimental in your home. To be able to pass down the stories and history to your children.
I think I need a barn.
Not relevant to the door story but beautiful just the same…a view from Cassity’s house.
I hope to share more of this beautiful home in the future. So many great ideas! Thank you, Cassity, for sharing your antique doors and their history with us!
Troy Eschleman from Land Run Legacies, Cherokee, OK specializes in restoring furniture and architectural salvage and was the artist responsible for stripping and refinished the doors. Yukon Door & Plywood, Yukon, OK were instrumental in making sure the door’s original hardware was functional for its new home.