When I bought my vintage 1978 home, every interior door was an original hollow core door. This is one of those times when “original” does not translate to cool. I eventually switched out every interior door in my house with an antique or vintage door. Some are Victorian, one was in a fire, one is from an old apartment and has a mail slot. I love them all for their incredibly cool and unique qualities.
Old doors can be cool, but it depends on your style. You may not find a matching set for your house, but it can happen. (Mine are all different, but I don’t like to match.) They are not the standard size of today’s houses, and often have to be custom framed. Some old doors are very inexpensive, and some are up there in price. I believe the cost about breaks even for a good quality new door versus a customized old door. Of course, the old doors are statements. If you like to have people wander through your house marveling at the details, old doors are for you. I like it when visitors tell me one of the doors is their favorite part of the house.
The door on the bottom above is perhaps my favorite in the house. I found it in Texas with the screen still somewhat attached. It had been through a fire. I bought it for $60 plus tax, and shipped it home for $225. I wanted that door! Anne DeWolf, who has designed everything in my house, took one look at it and said, “What the hell do you expect me to do with that?” True story. I laughed, and said it would be great once we replaced the screen with metal. I was right. It’s very cool.
There are many other ways to use old doors: line a few up as a headboard; hinge several together for a screen (different sizes would be cool); lean one against a wall as a piece of art. Maybe make a table out of one or two? I have a friend who bought a Victorian house with an entire inventory of old doors in the basement. It’s like she lives under a lucky star. Under my house I found a raccoon family and dry rot. No matter—both pests have disappeared just like my old hollow core doors.