Front door project
Waterhall Joinery were approached by a resident in Whitwell to discuss having a new stained glass front door made. She wished to recapture the original look of her property which had been somewhat lost over the years with the adaption of her original front door. The original frame had lovely leaded stained glass panels, but although the door was original to the house it had had it’s glazed panels removed in the past and changed for one large pane of glass. The front door is the focal point of the property and she wanted to give her home a lift and more impact.
It was decided to keep the door frame that had the original stained glass, and make a new stained glass front door with glass to match.
Waterhall Joinery enlisted the help of a local stained glass expert, Karen Davies, who was to make two new panels to match original stained glass in the frame.
Karen visited to survey the original panels, so that she could not only match the pattern and colour, but also the numerous textures of glass within the panels. With this information she aimed to create 2 new panels which would blend seamlessly with the originals.
For the woodwork, Waterhall Joinery decided on raised and fielded panels at the bottom with bolection moulding surrounds. The would give the door boldness and depth, and create a frame to show off the new leaded glass work.
Thought was also given to the door furniture that needed to compliment the style we were aiming to achieve. The decision was made to have un-lacquered brassware for furniture, which would tarnish as it ages, therefore needing to be hand polished, which would add to the character. This proved to be a little harder to source than we imagined as known suppliers were out of stock of unlacquered brass letter plates and had a lead time of 3-4 weeks. Having spent some time researching around the country, our persistence was rewarded on finally finding the desired letter plate in Devon supplied by Grace and Glory, which they happily shipped to Waterhall Joinery for the next day.
The final stages
Karen kindly delivered the glass to the workshop ready for fitting and we were absolutely delighted with the work Karen had done, it was a perfect match to the original.
The stained glass front door was hand painted in a Farrow and Ball dark grey, which set off the brassware beautifully.
Our client was delighted when the complete door was installed, promptly emailling Waterhall Joinery to say “I am so pleased with the door, it really transforms the front of the house, it looks like it belongs.”
If you are thinking of having a new front door for your property, feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements further, we’d love to hear from you.