gallery Thursday right-under-my-nose Doors!

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I had a recent discovery right in my own house! I’ve had these doors resting on my staircase landing for about ten years and always thought them to be shutters. Until recently. On a January day I had my fireplace serviced and the rep helped me see them differently.

I was sitting on my foyer steps writing out a check and chatting with my new favorite repairman when he commented on the ‘beautiful doors up there.’  I barely comprehended his comment. Was he referring to the antique, beat up, weathered shutters that STILL were not hanging on the window above my front door? When I bought them I imagined them accenting this indoor window but I lost that battle years ago. So here they rest on my landing.

The repairman told me how he COLLECTS doors along with other antiques and he liked mine quite well. I did admit my misidentification of them, shared with him how I found found these hiding in a Carytown art loft in Richmond, VA.  The artist said they’d come from another site originally, a farm I think, but don’t remember the entire story. Anyway,  the artist was clearing his space and I was eager to assist! When my repairman left I took a closer inspection and learned more about my new, old find!

First, I took a close look at the DOOR PULLS on each door. Immediately I realized I’ve had them upside down as revealed by the shadow marks left by the rings seen in the photos above. I then looked at the hinge and it really is more of a bolt closure that speaks ‘door’ rather than window shutter.  As I study these pictures and go back and look at my doors I know why I positioned them as I did. It is because I am a lefty and I would work that bolt from the left toward the right. We lefties are so inconvenienced!!!

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Here are side views of the doors where you can see the hinges from where they once hung. They could be window hinges, right?

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And here they are hanging as they are meant to, right side up. They do look new and different to me and note the larger panels now sit on top. I guess I do like them this way.

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Here you can see square nails used to fabricate these sweet, miniature doors. They are throughout the wood and visible on both sides of the wood.

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It is true we should be open to new perspectives. I find this one interesting but still  am perplexed as to why I never saw the doors right under my nose!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all and may you receive sweet treats, flowers, cards, or whatever it is that makes your heart skip a beat! Thank you Norm for another installation of Thursday Doors. Until next time. ♥

19 comments

    • The square nails are handmade for certain, we are them here quite a bit on the historical colonial homes and structures. They do date my doors, I just wish I knew from which farm they came. That would be helpful.

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