Published at Thursday, 25 July 2019. Cabinet Knob. By Ald Winter.
If your budget is limited, a door manufactured in pine, hemlock or a more obscure hardwood such as sapele or idigbo could fit the bill. You can also save money by purchasing an unfinished door to stain or paint at home. At the other end of the scale, an oak door may cost more initially but will look great and last many years. Don’t forget to allow for door furniture in your budget, particularly a good lock – make sure you get one specified as anti-drill, anti-bump and anti-pick.
If you think about it, when a person tells you that the room behind a solid wooden door is forbidden you will take it seriously because you can’t see what is on the other side. If someone says that the room behind the glass door is forbidden you wouldn’t find it as intimidating. Why? It’s because you can see through the glass. You can see what is on the other side.
On the other hand, doors are heavy, difficult to manoeuvre and take up a lot of space. The trestles might leave contact marks behind; and you will have to wait several hours for the first side to dry before you can paint the second one. In practice, most home owners prefer to decorate the door in the frame. Wait for a warm day (at least 10°C) with no wind, to avoid dust being blown on to the wet paint. Don’t work in strong sunlight as the paint may blister. Wedge the door open before you start, and place some cardboard underneath to catch drips.
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