Door of the Day and Super Sweet Vestibule

DSCN7982, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Ah, it’s been a while since I’ve seen I’ve seen one of these. I was fortunate to talk to the owners of this home in Bloomingdale who were super nice. It turns out that they have been working on this door and vestibule for over a year and it’s still a work in progress. It looked pretty amazing to me. They told me that originally there was an old red front door and the vestibule had linoleum floors with the sides covered in artificial brick. I’d say they did a pretty fantastic job. The owner told me he found his new front door (circa 1910 or so) in New Jersey and had a gentleman from the stripping workshop fix it up. If anyone else is looking to fix up their front doors the stripping workshop is located at:

411 New York Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002


Awesome, yeah?

So let me take this opportunity to make another call for photos from your home improvement photos. It can be a door, a kitchen, bathroom, anything. Email me photos to princeofpetworth (at) gmail (dot) com

8 Comment

  • Nice reflection in the door, too!

  • I’ve used Stripping Workshop to remove paint from a number of interior doors. The basic concept is they have several giant vats of stripper into which they dip the entire door (or mantle, woodwork, wood furniture, radiator, etc.) and the paint and old finish comes off, leaving nothing but bare wood. As I recall, it costs about $100 per door, with more intricate pieces costing more. They will also refinish the item for an additional charge.

    Always an interesting place to visit, though the chemical odor is pretty strong.

  • I’m insanely jealous of anyone who still has all their original vestibule tiles. Sigh

  • My cat drools when happy, and her happy drool removes paint. Honest to god! But the desk was getting very splotchy, so I finally took it to the Stripping Workshop and they evened it up nicely.

  • I love the tiles on the vestibule, including the green stripe at the bottom. If you think about it, some of these Petworth homes, especially the rowhouses, are almost 100 years old. And our poor house has had very little updating (when we hit the lottery).

  • Gorgeous! Color me envious this morning.

  • I’m going to guess that the floor tiles are not original, though. Every original vestibule I have ever seen in DC has the smaller mosaic tiles on the floor.

  • We have painted tiles is our vestibule and this post is inspiring me to get some stripper and see what’s underneath! Fantastic job on this renovation.

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