We opened up the wall between the kitchen and dining room to improve flow and light. The opening was matched to the entrance/living room pocket door opening at 9′ height and required some significant search work to find an appropriate set of pocket doors. After calling salvage yards all over the country including the Bay Area, Oregon, Detroit, Boston, NY, New Orleans, etc – common places to find salvaged Victorian items. We finally found two doors right in our backyard in Petaluma (Heritage Salvage) that fit the spec at 30″ wide x 9′ high. These were originally from a historic Victorian in San Francisco so made their way back a second time across the Golden Gate bridge. Each side is different, one a little more contemporary (for the kitchen side), the other more ornate (for the dining room/parlor side). Thick beveled glass sits in each door. They are about 3″ thick Redwood and heavy…each had 7 large hinges on it. Our GC Brendan O’Reilly is shown here cleaning up the edges, trying to avoid nails and screws with the Skilsaw.
Once cleaned up, we had them stripped and then patched holes with wood filler, stained and added replica hardware. The pocket door pull hardware came from Van Dykes, an Eastlake “rice pattern” set
We salvaged the ornate trim around some other door openings in the house that were reconfigured in order to recreate the same look as the set of pocket doors in the parlor.
The doors were hung on barn door hardware from Rustica Hardware in Utah using their J Track and top mounted riveted wheels mounts, 2 wheels per door. Final product: