Drab to Fab – How to Work with What You’ve Got – Internal Glass Doors

Drab to Fab – How to Work with What You’ve Got – Internal Glass Doors

I shared a picture of our custom designed glass panel doors the other week on Instagram and you guys went wild for them! I promised you a blog post on them – and I am a woman of my word.

When we moved in, both the living room and 2nd reception room (the one we call the blue room now – because, well, it’s blue) doors had massive glass panels in, neither matching and both horribly throw back to the 60’s, and not in a good way. Think of something you would have had at school or at your Granny’s house, and neither were safety glass. The doors were battered (the living room one actually looked like someone had smashed the frame up with a hammer) and the handles were both different and wouldn’t be out of place in a 1970’s concrete council office.

The ugliest door you ever did see….

To replace the entire door would have cost a fortune as they are custom size and HUGE so we decided to replace the glass only. You think this would be easy, but we couldn’t stick a clear pane in there as with the size, someone would probably end up walking smack into it after a few beers (I’m looking at you here Rach).

We popped along to our local glass makers and honestly the options for frosted glass are just hideous, and the thought of putting any of them in a Victorian property was not a pretty one. But then we got talking to the guy there, and he told me if I could draw it on paper, his team could make it out of lead and stain it by hand – whaaaaaaaaaat!

I was fully prepared for the price of this to be eye watering, but no, it wasn’t. For a full pane (which for us was about the size of your average door), with hand done lead piping and one colour choice was £160. Now I know this might sound a lot, but compared to the cost of new doors and the character it would add to the house – I was completely sold.

We have some original stain glass above the internal front door, and I wanted to replicate this original pattern and colour in these doors to make them a feature instead of just something we had to compromise on. So I drew up a mock and took it along to Burton Glass;

A couple of weeks later, these absolute beauties arrived, mind blown!

We sanded down the doors as much as possible and then removed the existing beading, and the old glass, which we smashed up with a hammer into the recycling – great fun!

B&Q stocked the beading we needed and after painting that up in preparation, we fitted the new glass panels and voila.

We resourced Victorian beehive doorknobs to finish the look off and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier with a door.

What do you think? What would you have done with the doors – replaced them?

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