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Bromley Door Restoration – How to Update a Heritage Door’s Appearance

Original features are at the very heart of a heritage property. Unfortunately, many property owners rush to replace period features when age starts to take its toll. At Fortis & Hooke, we think there is a better way.

Fortis & Hooke Case Study

An original wooden door can work wonders for the character of your property.

However, there may come a time when you want to update its appearance and restore its function. That’s exactly what our customer in Bromley found with their original wooden door – a once beautiful round door that had sadly seen better days.

Thanks to Fortis & Hooke, they were able to restore the door and revitalise its appearance without diminishing its heritage and character.


We were first contacted by our customer in the Swanley area about our door restoration services. Their front door had become weathered, with paint visibly wearing away on the exterior. The paint was no longer providing adequate protection for the original timber and it was only a matter of time until it started absorbing more moisture and even decaying.

Needless to say, this would be a disaster for our customer and their property, as the door would need to be replaced. Fortunately, our comprehensive door restoration services offer the perfect alternative – with no compromise on style and character.

Bromley Door Restoration – How to Update a Heritage Door’s Appearance


Bromley Door Restoration – How to Update a Heritage Door’s Appearance

Speaking to our customer, we also found that they wanted to change the colour of the door without impacting on its classic style. More specifically, they wanted it to be lightened to match the wooden features on the inside of their home.

As our door restoration service includes a full stripping and re-painting of the door, we could easily tailor the restoration to our customer’s preferences and the style of their home.

We removed the door from the property, so all work could be completed in the suitable surroundings of our workshop. To minimise the disruption for our customer, we crafted a bespoke wooden replacement for their property while the restoration was being completed.


After completely stripping the door of any existing paint, our team carefully lightened the original timber using wood bleach. We then precisely painted the charming ironmongery features before finishing the door in a durable, weather-resistant varnish. All work was completed by hand, to ensure the very best results for our valued customer.

Finally, we installed a complete draught-sealing system before returning to the property. This made sure the door was completely sealed, providing maximum thermal efficiency. For our customer, that means a more comfortable home, free of draughts, with reduced energy bills over time.

Finally, we fitted the restored door back into our customer’s home, making sure they were completely happy with its appearance and function. Another original wooden door saved and – most importantly – another satisfied customer, with the whole project completed within just 14 days.

Bromley Door Restoration – How to Update a Heritage Door’s Appearance
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