Tudor Style (Part 2)

Remember when we blogged about our neighbors front door project a couple weeks ago? Well, they just finished ‘er up and man does it look great! Check it out…

The door (which they purchased a few years back) came from a place called The Old South Wrecking Company which, unfortunately, is no longer in business. Josette told us, “It was the perfect, original plank-style Tudor door we were looking for. It was even the right size! The only trouble was, it was covered in layer after layer of peeling white paint.” It also had diamond-shaped window (Peter and Josette envisioned a square or rectangle-shaped one), and it didn’t come with any hardware. However, the price was right at 20 bucks, so Peter stripped off the old paint, and eventually exposed the original raw wood hiding underneath. The hinge straps came from Van Dykes Restorer ($20/each), the door knocker came from eBay ($30), the handle set and deadbolt also came from eBay ($80).

The stained glass window they added came from Ponder Antiques in Foley, Alabama. It was $45 and it originally had six sections of glass. They liked the idea of it only having four sections though, so Peter removed the bottom two panes and contructed a small wood frame around it. He secured it inside a rectangular-shaped hole he cut into the door- where the diamond-shaped hole previously was.

(Note: I enhanced the red and green bits so you could see them a little better!)

The paint color they chose is called “Evergreen Bough” by Behr. (Home Depot) They finished their project by hanging the door, adding weather stripping, trimming the ivy on the house, and adding new flowers in the concrete planters on the front steps. Josette told me, “It is truly like coming home to a new house!”

Way to go guys!

Now, for a Tootsie-related announcement- the winner of the Lettered Cottage Caption Contest is….

Congratulations Debbie!
We’ll be in touch via email about your prize very soon!

We loved these other catchy captions too:

Kiss me, I’m Dorkie.
The Tongue & The Restless
Hands up! This is a lick up!
That’s how the Tootsie rolls.
I usually have to check this thing.
Gene Simmons ain’t got nothin’ on me.
Okay. Be honest. Does this tongue make my cheeks look fat?
I may be part Yorkie, but my tongue is all Dachshund!

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and have a fabulous Friday!


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  1. Elizabeth says

    Looks good. Can you convince them to give you a tour of the inside of their house? there is absolutely nothing I love more than an early 1900s Tudor house.

  2. says

    Peter did a great job on that door. It’s all in the details — the hardware and stained glass!
    Congrats to your caption winner!

    Your Friend,

  3. suzib says

    I would love to know what ebay seller that the door hardware was purchased from! thank you!

  4. Geri Greco says

    I love the winning caption for Tootsie.
    His little face makes you just want to
    Hug and kiss him to pieces.
    Happy weekend to you both.

  5. Leah says

    Wow – That door is fabulous!
    Great find! Love the hardware – love the color..: )

  6. says

    I love the door! I’ll be sending you a photo of the door to the summer cottage my father’s parents took him to when he was a wee lad in Northern Ireland – so cool! So you will see why I love Josette and Peter’s door!

  7. Siera says

    Funny/ ironic story, I just read a sign above a dogs water dish,
    “Be warned, my puppy can’t hold it’s licker”. Congrats to the winner!

  8. Debbie W. says

    Yippee!! Thank you for liking my comment!

    I just painted my green door a cranberry color and I’m hoping I don’t miss the green. It was great. Love the little window!

  9. says

    Just found your website! And I have been all over it by now. Lovely makeovers! I think I will send some pictures of my house to ask your advice because I am definitely lacking in that department.

  10. Melissa says

    I’m a regular reader of your site, but have never commented. I’m wondering if you could find out the trim color of the Tudor house. Thanks so much and I love your work!