It is a sad day for anyone who sees a family home demolished for any reason. At ReHouse we hope that we are able to help during this time by saving some treasured pieces of that beloved home. Last week we went to “Grandma’s” house in Elmira NY and did just that. I don’t know why the house is being taken down, but I do know there were memories made there. According to Zillow, the house, on Main St, “is a single family home that contains 2,152 sq ft and was built in 1900. It contains 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms.”
The home still featured the original Victorian double entry doors. Blue on the exterior and cream on the interior the doors are constructed with 2 panels and one upper lite each (#98448).
The interior panels are flat, but the exterior panels are raised with detailed trim. These giants measure 53.5″ wide by 101.25″ high when placed together. The door plates, mortises, hinges, and original round doorbell are included for $875.
There was also one pocket door in the home’s interior to a bathroom closet. This is a beautiful four panel door with gorgeous Eastlake hardware that had been painted over (#98385).
We removed the pocket door handles and mortise, stripped the paint, and put them right back where it came from giving the whole door new life. This single door measures 29.5″ wide by 89.5″ high is available with the rollers on top for $325. (Measurement is for door only and does not include rollers height)
Speaking of hardware, all the door knobs in the house were brown swirl porcelain… PAINTED! Yikes! We patiently let the Crockpot work its magic and were delighted to discover 12 sets of these after about an hour. Each set is $20 (#98300).
Another great hardware find was several closets worth of coat hooks. More specifically cast iron acorn double hooks. This is a classic antique design, and these are a nice large size at just under 4″ deep. We did the work of stripping the paint off these for you as well. Fill your own closet for only $9 each (#98304).
Cast iron is a hot topic at this house, and the coat hooks are just the beginning. We were able to pull out several heating grates including a large floor cold air return, a few modern grill style wall grates, and the these decorative ones.
Top left: brown, top only, 9.75×11.5, #98325, $25
Center left: natural, top: 10×13.75, insert: 8×12, #98323, $75
Bottom left: some brown paint, top: 12×16, insert: 10×14, #98321, $85
Top right: natural, top: 12×18, insert: 10×16, #98269, #95
Bottom right: white, top: 9.5×11.75, insert: 8×9.75, #98324, $75
Here are a few close-ups for details.
Back outside the cast iron continued in the railings from the front and side porches and stairs. These are black wrought iron with delightful cast rose accents. The balusters alternate between straight and twisted and the ends have generous swirl handles.
We have 6 pieces altogether. The 3 stair pieces measure 48, 60, and 72 inches long and are priced $80, $100, and $120 respectively (#98282, 98238, 98281). Two identical straight pieces (#98280) measure 30 high and 50 long for $80 each. The largest piece (#98426), shown in the right photo below, is a straight piece with a tall end that would have gone from the porch floor to ceiling similar to a column. It is 132″ long and the tall end is 112″ high. This is $320.
Since we are talking about railings let’s take a look at the interior natural wood railing inside the main entrance. We were able to remove the entire railing, newel post, and balusters. This is a gem with an elegant design and hairpin turn, not to mention the UNPAINTED wood finish. The railing measures in at 365″ long and includes 59 balusters. The newel post is 43″ high. The complete set is priced at $625 (#98277).
Next, join me in the kitchen where we were able to remove a small set of vintage metal cabinets, a cast iron sink, and a built in wood pantry. The cabinets are a classic vintage style and color with original chrome handles. The sink base has 4 doors and 2 drawers for versatile storage. The other 3 cabinets (the one not shown is the same as the bottom one) are all uppers, the smallest of wise could fit over an appliance.
The sink is included in the price. It is cast iron with a porcelain finish that is in pretty good shape. The faucets, handles, and sprayer are all included and had been used recently. The double drainboard means you can have lots of dishes drying at the same time or you can use that counter space for something else. The whole set (#98428) is priced together for only $425. What a deal! Main piece including sink: 54w x 39.5h x 25d. Smaller cabinet: 18x18x13.5. Larger cabinets: 18x30x13.5.
The built in pantry cabinet is original to the home and has traditional bead-board doors and Eastlake hardware. It comes apart in 2 sections which makes it easier to move and reinstall. The upper section has only 2 very tall doors concealing 6 storage shelves. Are you picturing rows and rows of jams and pickles? This section measures 41w x 78h x 15d. The lower section has 2 drawers and 2 doors. The base is 34h, a great counter height. The “counter” measures 41.75×20.75 which gives it a slight overhang.
The finish one the pantry was in bad shape, as you can see in the close-up, so we decided to give the piece a face lift. We used Valspar Furniture Paint in Tea Light for the whole exterior except the “counter” which we sanded down and stained. I know you want to see it done, but it is still drying. Check our Instagram feed next week for the reveal. think you’re going to love it! Until then enjoy the slide show we’ve posted there of some other smalls we picked up at the salvage job that are available in the store now.