A swinging door between the dining room and kitchen is a feature common to many older houses across a range of eras and architectural styles. That swinging door is also one of the most commonly removed details in a kitchen remodel. Fortunately, though my kitchen has been remodeled at least a couple times, there still is a swinging kitchen door.
I might be weird or just old-fashioned, but I really like having a kitchen door to shield the sights, sounds and smells of my cooking from the rest of the house. (The results are good, but the process ain’t pretty.) And when I want a more open feel to the kitchen space I don’t need to have the door removed, I just– wait for it— leave the door open. Shocking, I know.
Unfortunately, I also need to remove my kitchen swinging door. Not because I need a more open flow, but because the door and hardware are broken. For as long as I’ve owned the house, the spring mechanism on the swinging hinge has been broken. This wasn’t a big deal– the door just didn’t close itself. But now the top pivot has ripped out of the door and the wood has split 12″ down the side. It won’t swing at all like this.
This door is not the original but a replacement that was installed when the kitchen floor was tiled and the clearance height became too short for the original door. I’m grateful the uncut original door is down in the basement waiting for the day when the tile is removed and it can be restored to its proper place.
Although I’m not planning to restore the original kitchen door at this time, I’m also not going to repair the current door. It is a cheap, hollow, flat door that doesn’t match the heavily-moulded single-panel “wonderdoor” design of the rest of the main floor doors. Instead, I have an alternative solution which I’ll describe in my next post.