It's a Miracle (Door)!

 Image from  materials unlimited . Take from a Historic Advertisement: Paine Lumber Company, Ltd.,  Home Builders Catalog,  circa 1923.

Image from materials unlimited. Take from a Historic Advertisement: Paine Lumber Company, Ltd., Home Builders Catalog, circa 1923.

While I scroll endlessly on Pinterest/Instagram, look for sweater sales, and am generally unproductive, Pat likes to research the history of our house.

First: let’s rewind for a second. Remember how we did a whole post about restoring our ~solid oak doors~?

Okay, back to the present. We were (probably) so, so wrong about the doors. While Pat was researching, he came across Miracle Doors. And now we’re pretty sure that the doors in our house are not solid wood (like we said). We’re also pretty sure that they’re not solid oak (like we said).

Note: The door frames are solid wood, but the panels are veneered. You can see more details on the websites and resources below!

We’re are pretty sure, however, that they’re Miracle Doors.

There’s a great blog called Salvaged. It’s run by Materials Unlimited, an antique store in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Gretchen Sawatzki wrote a great post detailing the history of Miracle Doors.

Miracle Doors started showing up in homes after 1910. Paine Lumber Company was apparently a door-production innovator, and they started mass-producing them. The doors are made of solid wood, but usually multiple kinds and they’re veneered.

Edited to add: while I was posting my update to Instagram, I also stumbled across this amazing Paine Lumber Miracle Door Catalog from 1923! You can flip through the pages and see the options that Paine Lumber offered and the recommendations they made to their customers for materials, decor, and types of wood to use. Thank goodness for librarians, historians, and archive.org!

Since our house was built in 1915 and all of our doors are like this, it’s entirely possible that we have Miracle Doors in our home.

So although we thought our lovely French doors were oak, they’re probably just … not. It’s more likely that they’re pine with a walnut or birch veneer. Not that it matters! They’re still gorgeous doors, and now we have a little more history about them.

Regardless, we’re still working our way through restoring the doors in our house. In fact, Pat is busy restoring one right now, since we’re taking a break from the bathroom project (more information on that coming soon).

So obviously, a big shout-out to Materials Unlimited for writing about Miracle Doors! Pat and I both found this blog to be a really fun read. So go check out Salvaged. I personally fell down an internet hole on their website/blog, so go take a look: Salvaged Blog by Materials Unlimited