Just like the paint on the outside of the house – the selection of door knobs was a long family “discussion.”
All the original door and door knobs were gone – replaced by modern equivalents.
We started our search for new door knobs at the local Vintage Hardware store – Astoria Vintage Hardware on Marine Drive. Fabulous place. Fun to visit! We have found many Victorian gems there, but we needed about 8 matching door knob sets.
(photo from Facebook)
We continued our search online. So MANY options and so MANY opinions…
(photo from Yahoo/Google search)
We ended up ordering knobs from a great place – Copper Mountian Hardware in Michigan. Quality products at a great price.
We all agreed on Crystal knobs with an Antique Brass finish. They look amazing on our new solid wood (native fir) doors.
We have six interior and two exterior transoms. All of them have been boarded-up or painted over. We are re-building all of them and tracking down interesting windows to insert into the spaces.
We are trying to decide what type to install on the six interior transoms. Plain glass? Stained glass?
We took a trip to the Vintage Hardware Store in Astoria (great place btw) (https://www.facebook.com/astoriavintagehardware/). There we found a set of cabinet doors with leaded glass that we thought would work for our transoms. Unfortunately, they were too large.
We may have to go with some custom made stained/leaded glass inserts. Fortunately, there are a few stained glass places in Astoria!
As far as outside doors go… I found some photos online of beautiful Victorian style doors with transoms. Would these work? Build these ourselves? Stay tuned.
We bought our little Victorian because it had a number of original features… however, some things were missing and need to be replaced. The existing front door is a classic 1970’s modern Luan plywood door. Functional – but ugly (no other way to put it).
Our craftsman/carpenter/designer is always on the lookout for architectural wonders…
He found us a new door!
It’s a beauty – found at a street sale in Portland. Needs some work, but it’s exactly what we need. Yay!! Big plans to do something interesting with the glass part. Stay tuned.