Carpenter brings 86-year-old door back to life

Carpenter brings 86-year-old door back to life

Angie’s List member Pat Tallia was embarrassed. The source? Her lake-style chalet’s 86-year-old front door in Sparta, New Jersey. “It’s a good, sturdy wooden door, but it hadn’t been maintained,” Tallia says, noting that the deadbolt was ineffective and the door didn’t open fully. “A front door forms a first impression of you and your home. One of my frustrations was that people entering my home couldn’t open or close the door without instruction. People couldn’t figure out how to use the old latch, and they’d always leave the door hanging open. It was always such a big deal.”

But Tallia saw potential in the door, and shunned the idea of replacing it with a newer, modern style. “Even though it was battered, it still had its original lake-style charm,” she says. “You see many of these doors in my neighborhood. I hoped I could find a carpenter who could work with it and bring it back to life.”

After searching Angie’s List, that’s exactly what she found with highly rated A Kennedy Perfection, based in Ogdensburg, New Jersey. Owner Chris Kennedy removed the door from its hinges and spent a day working on its restoration. He sanded the wood down to its natural state and leveled the bottom of the door so it would no longer scrape the floor. Kennedy replaced the door frame, added weatherstripping and scrubbed the door’s hardware. To complete the look, he used a Sedona-red stain to enhance the door’s beauty.

“I was absolutely thrilled,” Tallia says. “I was shocked at the transformation. The old, faded, dried-out door was gone and replaced with a fresh, beautiful door.” She says the reaction of friends and family has been priceless. “They were stunned — they thought it was a brand new door,” Tallia says. “When my visitors tried it for the first time [and it opened], they were laughing that those days are finally gone.”


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