Renovating mirrors and doors with decorative fixtures and fittings

Renovating doors and mirrors from a period gone by is for sure a major market nowadays in a number of ways. This is not least due to the great emergence of the market for the upcycling of items of furniture. Whether people may have an old house with such doors which may look a little tired, have an old house without these doors from people, or they may have a modern house which they wish to add something unique, this is a trend which is very much thriving. There are a great number of salvage yards and likewise, antiques houses now selling mirrors and doors in a great abundance. Where a few years ago these doors would have been seen as items of junk, they are now highly desirable once again. The same too can be said for mirrors and the bespoke features which the period designs so commonly feature.

 

Renovating a mirror is a favourite for a lot of people as you can really transform a dated mirror in very little time, effort and for little money. It can be as simple as cleaning a mirror or even the process of varnishing the surround of such an item. Simply by changing the finish or color of a mirror frame, you can instantly transform and update a wall and room. In looking at all the designs from days gone by / from period, textured, ornate and carved mirror frames can be renovated from a quick and light wipe with a foam paint brush and in an instant and as a result the mirror can be all the more transformed straight away.

 

The mirror itself is there for a reflection, but based on the design, a mirror can be so much more than just something to take a look at yourself in. It can be a bespoke feature to a room, a focal point of the room, such as an item you may hang up in your hallway or above your fireplace. Much of this does however come back to the design of the actual piece and the features, such as the carving should it be a wooden mirror. It can also come to back to the thickness of the wood surround and the dimensions. All of this can be the basis as to how much you can bring the item alive and whether you have an item with great overall potential.

 

In terms of the element of the renovation to a mirror, as mentioned with the carving and whether it is carved or not, is how the paint is applied - or varnish. Or in some cases, whether you wish to apply both to the mirror to add to it a new look and edge in terms of how it is able to stand out. On ornate types of mirrors it is popular to create a look with a paint wipe type technique. This can really help a variety of colours to come through. There is also the idea and technique of spray painting over mirrors. Given such options as discussed here already, it is something worth looking at the shapes of the mirror and looking past what it looks like as there is so much you can do to a mirror.

 

For both doors and mirrors, there are the antique and art-deco types of designs to look out for; both of which there is a market live and kicking where they are being upcycled to turn to a more Shabby Chic look. Though doors and mirrors may be so different to one another the overall manner to renovating both types of item remains largely the same in overall principle.

 

Renovating doors from period is a whole unique area as there is the wood element for one aspect, and then there are the fixtures and fittings which go to make up the rest of the door. The really personal bit can be the fittings you can add, and change from time to time. You can also have fun shopping around and spending a lot or a little to choose fittings to bring the item alive with a whole new sense of personality. There is also what you can door with the door frame itself - you can paint the door, leave it stripped, varnish the door whether painted or unpainted you can even carve in the door. This is whether wooden doors can actually offer up no end of possibilities and options as and how and where you can create something new and bespoke from nothing. This can be the case whether you pick up a door from a salvage yard - or if your home may already have these (potentially lovely) doors already from a period gone by.

 

In renovation, when old parts are recuperated, it is important to know that the final result will not be perfect. This applies to wooden floors, to wooden works and to all those elements where time and use have left their traces. The name of the game though is using this entire process to do something new and to have fun in putting your own stamp on things. Much of how you get the effect and the look you want will stem from what you have in mind. If you may be unsure, have a look at furnishing magazines and also consider the décor to which you wish to make this fixture a part of. Look at the colour on the wall in the room, the other furniture and have a look at whether you wish to simply restore the door, or you are looking to make it into something wholly Shabby Chic.

 

With renovating doors and mirrors you need to ask yourself whether you are going for function or aesthetics - or both. Use this also as a basis as to how much money and time you spend on this and how much you wish to place on quality as to how well you do this. The process of either item is the same and it all comes back to being careful in doing the renovation and making sure the elements you don't want to alter are either removed altogether or covered. You need to also make sure you have a separate space to take the items apart and do what you can do go over each part of each item at your own pace with a necessary level of attention to detail. If you have empty garage or room where the floors are covered, this is perfect.

 

For renovating mirrors much of the process is down to HOW you renovate. This comes down to the nature of a mirror and the degree to which a mirror can be so easy to shatter; you need to treat them with care due to the fragile nature of mirrors.

 

Mask off the mirror area close to the frame with masking tape. Prepare to sand off and in turn bring back the mirror to the bones of what makes up the frame. Then sand this area off and you will be left with an area to which you can add your own stamp on the look and feel of the mirror. This really is how simple this process is - though there is the option of removing the frame altogether. Once you have chosen which way you wish to go about this, paint with light coloured emulsion or paint wash allowing some of the wood grain to show through - or if you prefer, paint and then sand to obtain a driftwood technique. This latter stage is best done based on the nature of the wood and if you wish to have a coloured mirror or a more plain looking item. If you wish, add a clear glaze or water-based varnish to seal in finish to desired look. Or look to have a more distinctive look by applying in place a oil based paint look and finish.

 

Fittings to then add for an added sense of character can include the addition of hooks to hang keys. There are a number of stores now selling Shabby Chic mirrors with this type of fitting and addition in place on them. You can also look at adding metal in the sense of adding bronze or brass corners to which you can also bolt the mirrors into the all if you are not so keen on the idea of a simple picture hook type of mechanism to do this. Much of this can depend however on where you plan to hang the mirror - is it for the office? Or the home? Both can have a say as to how and where the mirror works and the intended look. For example, in terms of business use, it is common nowadays to see these types of mirrors hung up in resturants and bars.

 

For renovating doors, you will of course have the sheer size of the door to consider and contend with. Space is one thing and you will of course be likely to have a lot more painting to do across / over the door. Being wholly wood you will also be able to have a lot more fun in working with wood as a material. This is not least due to the fact you will be able to play with it, carve it, play with dimensions, create new character and so much more.

 

For painting, the first thing is to remove the handles and if possible and the lock. Then doors and frames have to be slightly sanded so that a first layer of old paint is removed. This is however subject to whether the door is a painted door or covered in varnish. The following operation is to take away the rest with a solvent and then to repair cracks and big imperfections using wood filler. When choosing a door should you be looking to buy one, look out for other aspects such as woodworm also. Once that is done, these parts have to be sanded again. Finally it is possible to start the painting.

 

For sanding, there are two ways this can be done. Doors and frames can be dismounted and taken to some atelier for complete removal of paint through special baths. This means that the whole door will be put into a bath of acids and solvents; this is common as a means for upcycling doors and this is a common way of doing this by how antique stores do this. A much quicker alternative way can be from sanding the door. Sanding can be done directly with the door in place. As before, if the doors and framed have a lot of moulding, sanding will have to be done partially by hand. Once this is done and the wood is brought back to the surface, the cracks and imperfections will be filled with wooden filler and sanded. The final operation is to treat the door with varnish or other finishes.

 

Renovating wood is not difficult, but it does require patience and application. With regards to a door and what you then do with a door, this can have a massive influence as to defining your house style and look. This can also be a great way to bring your house up to date and in line with a colour scheme / theme. This is for sure a great way to achieve a Shabby Chic look and finish. After all, this just goes to show the fun you can have with working with wood and in particular wooden doors.

 

The sanding down, complete with the painting and then optionally, the varnishing is the main element. The fun bit which can then be done adjacent to the tastes of the person restoring the door can then be seen as the fun bit. This part of the process is the choosing and adding of the fixtures and fittings. On wooden doors from period, this can span every add on fixture and fitting you can imagine. This can range from the locks, the door handles, the type of door handle, even door stops. Even more clever is to choose fixtures and fittings to suit with the visual look and style of door you create. This is just one reason why there is so much of a thriving reproduction market for this type of door. For just £90 There is however something a bit more quirky of doing this yourself and choosing every aspect as to how you make your door.

 

The door locks from this period are unique in terms of their look, the mechanism to which they work and the ways to which they can integrate to the look of an old door. An old retro look can really uplift the look and feel of the door and give it a whole new look and feel of uniqueness. The rim latch and rim lock designs are two of the most common types of locks you can add to this type of door should you be upcycling a door and you wish to make it more functional. Brass Rim Locks from period are so popular and iconic that manufacturers of locks have since reverted back to manufacturing these locks once again. What looks most attractive is not just the lock but the fact they come complete with the keys which would have been so commonly seen back in period. Brass being one matieral, another great variety of lock to purchase are the cast iron variety. To add to locks, the bolts and hooks are also a likewise popular addition to add to a door when and during the case of renovating a door.

 

When it comes to the handles and knobs, this can again work to create a unique look to the door. Finishes to look out for include Solid brass and ebonised wood, nickel plated, satin nickel plated (often mistaken for stainless steel), glass, forged steel aswell as ceramic. Should you have an old wooden door with our without a lock and you wish to create a look which is somewhat more distinctive, an ebonized beehive handle knob can enable this. From the shape and the texture to the ways you turn the handle, they are able to really bring your door a whole unique look. Whatever architectural era your property dates from, having the right door furniture helps and this is just another detail to look to - and to have fun in choosing when renovating a door.

 

Period door stops are yet another nice detail to add in line with other fittings you wish to add with your door. Though separate to the door itself, they can be a nice touch to add as a means to making a nice look and feel and overall ambience to the room. The bronze type are a popular choice and they can work well with silver, bronze, brass, cast iron and ceramic. Two of the best and most common designs are the cylinder and hooded door stops. Door Stops and Slide Bolts with period hardware styling and reliable functionality are overall a great addition to the overall function to any door.

 

Depending on what you choose to do with the door, there are other additions to choose, such as keyhole covers, however this will depend in part as to the type of lock. Escutcheon covers are one of the most popular types of keyhole covers, with brass designs among the most favoured by many. The ironmongery aspect is very much wide and varied and this for sure offers no end of options as to what you can do to a door. Even on an internal porch door you can be a little quirky and you could add a regency-style brass door knocker. For something a little more sophisticated there are also the satin nickel type door knockers. Hooks are a great idea also, with numerous options, spanning the look and finish, number of hooks, dimensions and more. Coat Hooks, Double Wardrobe Hooks, Brass Beehive Peg Hooks and Brass Cabin Hooks are just a few of the options you can be enabled in looking for such an addition to a door panel. The latter is a great additional item to add to a door and great from a functional point of view, also.

 

From locks, to door knobs, door stops and all of the other items as discussed can all be bought and placed to a door from simply attaching them once you have undertaken the full process of sanding down the door. It really is as simple as screwing these fixtures and fittings to the door and from there you can have a door to look at with an added sense of pride. Buying the fixtures and fittings can also most straightforward thanks to the number of online retailers which now stock and sell these items. This is one way of doing this, the other being by buying these items through sourcing them at a local salvage yard or antique store. The latter can be more expensive and in buying these items this way you need to assess their condition. For locks as an example, you need to look at the lock mechanism - and how well it functions.

 

Overall, renovating mirrors and doors with decorative fixtures and fittings is a process which needs to be done in a step by step manner and process. For starters you need to strip the item back to the core, get it back to basics and then from here you can transform the item to a look of your preference. This can be painting, varnishing or generally decorating the object to your exacting preferences in mind. Once the mirror or door is looking to the preference of your liking this is where you can have fun and making something personal and unique to your liking. This is not just to be said for mirrors and doors though; the who upcycling of furniture as a whole is incredibly rewarding. Better still, you can make something which you can't buy from any furnishing store.

Renovating doors and mirrors from a period gone by is for sure a major market nowadays in a number of ways. This is not least due to the great emergence of the market for the upcycling of items of furniture. Whether people may have an old house with such doors which may look a little tired, have an old house without these doors from people, or they may have a modern house which they wish to add something unique, this is a trend which is very much thriving. There are a great number of salvage yards and likewise, antiques houses now selling mirrors and doors in a great abundance. Where a few years ago these doors would have been seen as items of junk, they are now highly desirable once again. The same too can be said for mirrors and the bespoke features which the period designs so commonly feature.

 

Renovating a mirror is a favourite for a lot of people as you can really transform a dated mirror in very little time, effort and for little money. It can be as simple as cleaning a mirror or even the process of varnishing the surround of such an item. Simply by changing the finish or color of a mirror frame, you can instantly transform and update a wall and room. In looking at all the designs from days gone by / from period, textured, ornate and carved mirror frames can be renovated from a quick and light wipe with a foam paint brush and in an instant and as a result the mirror can be all the more transformed straight away.

 

The mirror itself is there for a reflection, but based on the design, a mirror can be so much more than just something to take a look at yourself in. It can be a bespoke feature to a room, a focal point of the room, such as an item you may hang up in your hallway or above your fireplace. Much of this does however come back to the design of the actual piece and the features, such as the carving should it be a wooden mirror. It can also come to back to the thickness of the wood surround and the dimensions. All of this can be the basis as to how much you can bring the item alive and whether you have an item with great overall potential.

 

In terms of the element of the renovation to a mirror, as mentioned with the carving and whether it is carved or not, is how the paint is applied - or varnish. Or in some cases, whether you wish to apply both to the mirror to add to it a new look and edge in terms of how it is able to stand out. On ornate types of mirrors it is popular to create a look with a paint wipe type technique. This can really help a variety of colours to come through. There is also the idea and technique of spray painting over mirrors. Given such options as discussed here already, it is something worth looking at the shapes of the mirror and looking past what it looks like as there is so much you can do to a mirror.

 

For both doors and mirrors, there are the antique and art-deco types of designs to look out for; both of which there is a market live and kicking where they are being upcycled to turn to a more Shabby Chic look. Though doors and mirrors may be so different to one another the overall manner to renovating both types of item remains largely the same in overall principle.

 

Renovating doors from period is a whole unique area as there is the wood element for one aspect, and then there are the fixtures and fittings which go to make up the rest of the door. The really personal bit can be the fittings you can add, and change from time to time. You can also have fun shopping around and spending a lot or a little to choose fittings to bring the item alive with a whole new sense of personality. There is also what you can door with the door frame itself - you can paint the door, leave it stripped, varnish the door whether painted or unpainted you can even carve in the door. This is whether wooden doors can actually offer up no end of possibilities and options as and how and where you can create something new and bespoke from nothing. This can be the case whether you pick up a door from a salvage yard - or if your home may already have these (potentially lovely) doors already from a period gone by.

 

In renovation, when old parts are recuperated, it is important to know that the final result will not be perfect. This applies to wooden floors, to wooden works and to all those elements where time and use have left their traces. The name of the game though is using this entire process to do something new and to have fun in putting your own stamp on things. Much of how you get the effect and the look you want will stem from what you have in mind. If you may be unsure, have a look at furnishing magazines and also consider the décor to which you wish to make this fixture a part of. Look at the colour on the wall in the room, the other furniture and have a look at whether you wish to simply restore the door, or you are looking to make it into something wholly Shabby Chic.

 

With renovating doors and mirrors you need to ask yourself whether you are going for function or aesthetics - or both. Use this also as a basis as to how much money and time you spend on this and how much you wish to place on quality as to how well you do this. The process of either item is the same and it all comes back to being careful in doing the renovation and making sure the elements you don't want to alter are either removed altogether or covered. You need to also make sure you have a separate space to take the items apart and do what you can do go over each part of each item at your own pace with a necessary level of attention to detail. If you have empty garage or room where the floors are covered, this is perfect.

 

For renovating mirrors much of the process is down to HOW you renovate. This comes down to the nature of a mirror and the degree to which a mirror can be so easy to shatter; you need to treat them with care due to the fragile nature of mirrors.

 

Mask off the mirror area close to the frame with masking tape. Prepare to sand off and in turn bring back the mirror to the bones of what makes up the frame. Then sand this area off and you will be left with an area to which you can add your own stamp on the look and feel of the mirror. This really is how simple this process is - though there is the option of removing the frame altogether. Once you have chosen which way you wish to go about this, paint with light coloured emulsion or paint wash allowing some of the wood grain to show through - or if you prefer, paint and then sand to obtain a driftwood technique. This latter stage is best done based on the nature of the wood and if you wish to have a coloured mirror or a more plain looking item. If you wish, add a clear glaze or water-based varnish to seal in finish to desired look. Or look to have a more distinctive look by applying in place a oil based paint look and finish.

 

Fittings to then add for an added sense of character can include the addition of hooks to hang keys. There are a number of stores now selling Shabby Chic mirrors with this type of fitting and addition in place on them. You can also look at adding metal in the sense of adding bronze or brass corners to which you can also bolt the mirrors into the all if you are not so keen on the idea of a simple picture hook type of mechanism to do this. Much of this can depend however on where you plan to hang the mirror - is it for the office? Or the home? Both can have a say as to how and where the mirror works and the intended look. For example, in terms of business use, it is common nowadays to see these types of mirrors hung up in resturants and bars.

 

For renovating doors, you will of course have the sheer size of the door to consider and contend with. Space is one thing and you will of course be likely to have a lot more painting to do across / over the door. Being wholly wood you will also be able to have a lot more fun in working with wood as a material. This is not least due to the fact you will be able to play with it, carve it, play with dimensions, create new character and so much more.

 

For painting, the first thing is to remove the handles and if possible and the lock. Then doors and frames have to be slightly sanded so that a first layer of old paint is removed. This is however subject to whether the door is a painted door or covered in varnish. The following operation is to take away the rest with a solvent and then to repair cracks and big imperfections using wood filler. When choosing a door should you be looking to buy one, look out for other aspects such as woodworm also. Once that is done, these parts have to be sanded again. Finally it is possible to start the painting.

 

For sanding, there are two ways this can be done. Doors and frames can be dismounted and taken to some atelier for complete removal of paint through special baths. This means that the whole door will be put into a bath of acids and solvents; this is common as a means for upcycling doors and this is a common way of doing this by how antique stores do this. A much quicker alternative way can be from sanding the door. Sanding can be done directly with the door in place. As before, if the doors and framed have a lot of moulding, sanding will have to be done partially by hand. Once this is done and the wood is brought back to the surface, the cracks and imperfections will be filled with wooden filler and sanded. The final operation is to treat the door with varnish or other finishes.

 

Renovating wood is not difficult, but it does require patience and application. With regards to a door and what you then do with a door, this can have a massive influence as to defining your house style and look. This can also be a great way to bring your house up to date and in line with a colour scheme / theme. This is for sure a great way to achieve a Shabby Chic look and finish. After all, this just goes to show the fun you can have with working with wood and in particular wooden doors.

 

The sanding down, complete with the painting and then optionally, the varnishing is the main element. The fun bit which can then be done adjacent to the tastes of the person restoring the door can then be seen as the fun bit. This part of the process is the choosing and adding of the fixtures and fittings. On wooden doors from period, this can span every add on fixture and fitting you can imagine. This can range from the locks, the door handles, the type of door handle, even door stops. Even more clever is to choose fixtures and fittings to suit with the visual look and style of door you create. This is just one reason why there is so much of a thriving reproduction market for this type of door. For just £90 There is however something a bit more quirky of doing this yourself and choosing every aspect as to how you make your door.

 

The door locks from this period are unique in terms of their look, the mechanism to which they work and the ways to which they can integrate to the look of an old door. An old retro look can really uplift the look and feel of the door and give it a whole new look and feel of uniqueness. The rim latch and rim lock designs are two of the most common types of locks you can add to this type of door should you be upcycling a door and you wish to make it more functional. Brass Rim Locks from period are so popular and iconic that manufacturers of locks have since reverted back to manufacturing these locks once again. What looks most attractive is not just the lock but the fact they come complete with the keys which would have been so commonly seen back in period. Brass being one matieral, another great variety of lock to purchase are the cast iron variety. To add to locks, the bolts and hooks are also a likewise popular addition to add to a door when and during the case of renovating a door.

 

When it comes to the handles and knobs, this can again work to create a unique look to the door. Finishes to look out for include Solid brass and ebonised wood, nickel plated, satin nickel plated (often mistaken for stainless steel), glass, forged steel aswell as ceramic. Should you have an old wooden door with our without a lock and you wish to create a look which is somewhat more distinctive, an ebonized beehive handle knob can enable this. From the shape and the texture to the ways you turn the handle, they are able to really bring your door a whole unique look. Whatever architectural era your property dates from, having the right door furniture helps and this is just another detail to look to - and to have fun in choosing when renovating a door.

 

Period door stops are yet another nice detail to add in line with other fittings you wish to add with your door. Though separate to the door itself, they can be a nice touch to add as a means to making a nice look and feel and overall ambience to the room. The bronze type are a popular choice and they can work well with silver, bronze, brass, cast iron and ceramic. Two of the best and most common designs are the cylinder and hooded door stops. Door Stops and Slide Bolts with period hardware styling and reliable functionality are overall a great addition to the overall function to any door.

 

Depending on what you choose to do with the door, there are other additions to choose, such as keyhole covers, however this will depend in part as to the type of lock. Escutcheon covers are one of the most popular types of keyhole covers, with brass designs among the most favoured by many. The ironmongery aspect is very much wide and varied and this for sure offers no end of options as to what you can do to a door. Even on an internal porch door you can be a little quirky and you could add a regency-style brass door knocker. For something a little more sophisticated there are also the satin nickel type door knockers. Hooks are a great idea also, with numerous options, spanning the look and finish, number of hooks, dimensions and more. Coat Hooks, Double Wardrobe Hooks, Brass Beehive Peg Hooks and Brass Cabin Hooks are just a few of the options you can be enabled in looking for such an addition to a door panel. The latter is a great additional item to add to a door and great from a functional point of view, also.

 

From locks, to door knobs, door stops and all of the other items as discussed can all be bought and placed to a door from simply attaching them once you have undertaken the full process of sanding down the door. It really is as simple as screwing these fixtures and fittings to the door and from there you can have a door to look at with an added sense of pride. Buying the fixtures and fittings can also most straightforward thanks to the number of online retailers which now stock and sell these items. This is one way of doing this, the other being by buying these items through sourcing them at a local salvage yard or antique store. The latter can be more expensive and in buying these items this way you need to assess their condition. For locks as an example, you need to look at the lock mechanism - and how well it functions.

 

Overall, renovating mirrors and doors with decorative fixtures and fittings is a process which needs to be done in a step by step manner and process. For starters you need to strip the item back to the core, get it back to basics and then from here you can transform the item to a look of your preference. This can be painting, varnishing or generally decorating the object to your exacting preferences in mind. Once the mirror or door is looking to the preference of your liking this is where you can have fun and making something personal and unique to your liking. This is not just to be said for mirrors and doors though; the who upcycling of furniture as a whole is incredibly rewarding. Better still, you can make something which you can't buy from any furnishing store.