Old Doors for our New Addition!

Hi, friends!

I am soooo excited to share with you a great deal we got on some old doors!

Ya’ll know that I love an old cottage/farmhouse feel in my home, and one of the ways I plan on creating that feel in our new addition is by adding old architectural elements.

The easiest way to do that is with old doors.

I love the look of old farmhouse doors.

So imagine my surprise when my husband came home from the Habitat Store with this stash!


I about peed my pants!

These babies are gorgeous!

And to make things even more exciting…guess how much he paid for these?…



Can you believe it?!

He was at the Habitat store picking up some used French Patio Doors for our master bedroom, and an antique door (the solid brown door in the picture below) for $100.00.  (The same patio doors sell for between $350-400 at Lowe’s!)

He ended up coming home with four more antique doors for free!  I explain the story behind them in my video…it’s a pretty cool story.

The white 5 panel wood doors will be used upstairs in the boys’ rooms.

They are exactly the type of doors I was looking for.  Look how much these sell for on ebay…

And some sell for even more than that!

My favorite door is this beautiful one…

This door is close to 100 years old.  Look at the beautiful detail on it…


We are hoping to use this door in our master bedroom, either as the bedroom door, or the bathroom door.  We are considering frosting the glass.

What would you use this door for?

And would you sand and paint the 5 panel white doors a new coat of white paint, or would you strip the paint and show the  natural wood color?

I am trying to decide what to do.  If you have any great inspirational pictures of old doors, please share them with me. :)

Anyway, here is the video I took the day we picked up the doors.  I was very excited about our “score” and had to share it with you.  (If you cannot see this video in your reader, please click on my post title to view it on my blog.)


Old Doors for our New Addition! from Beneath My Heart on Vimeo.



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linky party goes up tomorrow night. 


Hope you can come!


**Because I feel like these doors were a simple blessing from God, who cares about every detail of our life, I am linking my post up to Richella’s linky party, Grace Imparted.




  1. TRACI! Way to go! How exciting–there’s nothing quite like old doors, is there? And if you end up not needing to use any of these as doors, I’m sure you can find some use for them. . . .

    I think it would look beautiful to use that gorgeous glass-paned door in your bedroom. I’d frost the glass and use that going from bedroom to bathroom. :)

  2. TRACI! That’s insane! I also graduated from Asbury (2006)! I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now and I had no idea that you were an Asbury grad. What a small world! :D

  3. Wow, Cy was at the right place at the right time. Love all the doors.
    I would strip them and paint them with new white paint….or the same color that your trim in the house will be. Aren’t most doors in old farmhouses painted white? I love the old knobs they have them too. The crystal ones are my fave.

  4. LOve love love the doors!! If you cant find a spot for the brown one with the plexiglass, you could always put a miror in it and lean it against the wall, that would also be pretty! Sue

  5. Oh my gosh!! That brown beauty is…well…beautiful! I would love to have one to paint a wonderful white and use it as the door to our babies room. (We don’t have babies but someday we might and they will want a pretty white door with a little window for me to watch them sleep…don’t you think!?)

  6. You’re going to laugh, but I think paint for the 5 panel doors. I poo-poohed the painting of the brick (until you convinced me with the beautiful pics!), but I love the 5 panel doors painted. They seem more country that way!

    What a great find! Congrats.

  7. You know what came to my mind as I read/watched this?

    Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart! Psalm 37:4

    God is amazing, isn’t he?!

    btw, EVERY time I see an ugly brick house now I envision what they would be like painted, thanks to you! And in this area of Augusta, I see lots of them! We will soon be looking to buy a house and I’m not limited by what I see, the possibilities are endless!

  8. So neat! That will look great! We actually have one old door identical to that! I have tried to use it somewhere, but haven’t been able to come up with anything. Maybe I’ll take a door down and put it up!

  9. I just started reading your blog and I’m hooked. I live in a house that was built in 1926 and our doors are all original and not painted, I love that look. I’d strip them and let the natural wood show through.

  10. I love all of those old doors and they are going to add so much charm to your home. The one with the glass is my favorite. A few years ago my old homeplace was being torn down and before they could do it, I went and took several old doors and put them in storage. I plan on using them in my cottage and even making a kitchen island out of one of them. I love your video…your little boy is just precious. Reminds me of my sweet Cole who is 20 years old now. Made me smile.

    Can’t wait to see them all installed in your house!
    Lee Laurie

  11. Isn’t it funny how the Lord works!?! I would definitely give them a fresh coat of white paint! :) ENJOY!!! Can’t wait to see it all finished!

  12. If they were mine I would paint them. Stripping and sanding is so much work and it’s hard to get all the old paint out of all the corners of the insets. With 4 kids you already have your hands full!

    I think the half glass door would look great as the bathroom door with frosted glass.

  13. Traci – I LOVE your “new” doors! God is sooo good!! What a blessing for you and your family. I really love the older doors that have character. Your new addition is going to be amazing!!


  14. S-C-O-R-E!!!!!!!! You are giving me some ideas girl. Just found out this weekend that we may be able to build a house on some family property in the next couple of years – Lord willing! I want 5 panel doors now!

    Love that sweet kiss from Eli – what a charmer!!! Traci, he is just precious.

    Marilyn C.

  15. Your new doors are great. I have doors like them in my home (c1925) and I stripped a lot of them. Unfortunately, they had a dark reddish/brown stain under the paint that was VERY hard to get off, especially as I was doing them in place. Not recommended to do that! I would suggest checking in an inconspicuous place to see what you might be in for if you strip them. Also, remember that the paint probably has lead in it if it’s old. The door with glass is probably earlier than you mentioned in your video. The detail at the top looks very Eastlake, which I think is late 19th C.

  16. Love the doors but, I’m rather fussy about privacy in the master so, I’d probably use that lovely old door with the glass as a pantry door complete with frosted glass and the word pantry left clear. I think it would be gorgeous in a kitchen in black. Your remodel is going along nicely … I bet you are so excited.

  17. This has to be the best project I’m following online. The speed and the quality of the addition is amazing to me. Seriously in awe. Oh and you HAVE to go white on the doors. Please and thank you! ;)

  18. Just be careful of lead paint with those five panel doors. The other door will look beautiful as a bathroom door.

  19. Is it crazy that I got teary-eyed when you said those doors were from Hughes? How amazing that you got that deal, but to have the added history of those doors? Wow. The things those doors have seen. The revivals those doors have been through. Those doors were a part of a holy building. And to have such a sweet bit of Asbury in your home. Amazing. (I hope Asbury isn’t updating the building too much. I always loved the history there.) How crazy is it that you both went all the way into Lex at the same time! So happy for you. I can’t wait to see the finished product!!

  20. Hi I’m visiting from Richella’s link party. Those doors are beautiful & what a blessing to have gotten them for free. Wow, I look forward to coming back to see where you put them. :-) Take care!

  21. I think you should paint the 5 panel doors white if that is what your trim is going to be. The wood and plexiglass door is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I think it would be great as a front door or backdoor.

  22. How exciting! Those doors are great! I would repaint them, but only because that is what we’ve all grown up seeing – painted doors in the house. And frosted glass in the dark door would be so lovely!

    Your mud room turned out gorgeous! You surely do miss it like crazy! I would have cried to make a home that perfect and leave it! But I know this house will be even more impressive when its done.

  23. I love your doors!!! So lucky for things to fall into place like that….I would definately use the brown door with the glass as a door between your bedroom and bathroom and paint it white, I don’t know if I would frost it or not, I might live with it not frosted and then see if you like it before you frost…also that little door you got would be fun used as a door to a small linen type closet/built-in in your master bath.

  24. I saw blue door like your brown one on Pinterest with a mirror in it leaned up against a wall. It was pure perfection. I thinka mirrow would be a gorgeous option . . .and practical!

  25. Beautiful!!! I would do a big beautiful monogram or letter on that glass & then then sandblast the rest & use it for the master bathroom. Such a wonderful find!

  26. Love the doors. What a find!!! I’d paint them white,my favorite color. I agree with most of your bloggers, I’d use the glass door for your bathroom. what about a beveled mirror on both sides?
    Your site is inspiring! Blessings to you and your lovely family.

  27. The doors are beautiful… How do I go about finding a habitat store near Newark, Ohio? As far as I know there isn’t any place like that here. Can’t wait for the next post.

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