Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas

Years ago, I had a thing for old chairs and just COULD NOT resist tossing every curbside broken chair in my trunk. (Who am I kidding, I still have an obsession!) But nowadays, I’m falling for old doors and have collected too many, always believing I’ll someday build that French farmhouse and will weave them into the construction! Today’s Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas celebrates the beauty of old, antique, and vintage reclaimed doors as well as ideas for new ones like my own rustic alder front door.

Rustic, antique wood doors from Europe - Chateau Domingue.
Photo: Chateau Domingue. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.

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Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas

When I think of the finest examples of Old World reclaimed materials such as rustic doors from Europe, Chateau Domingue emerges as THE fantasy source. Just look at the incredibly inspiring examples curated by Chateau Domingue!

Rustic, antique wood doors from Europe - Chateau Domingue.
Photo: Chateau Domingue.

Chateau Domingue: Antique Rustic Doors

While the doors in these images are spoken for, do inquire (or visit in person if you live near Houston) about inventory.

Rustic, antique wood doors from Europe - Chateau Domingue.
Photo: Chateau Domingue. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Rustic, antique wood doors from Europe - Chateau Domingue.
Photo: Chateau Domingue.
Rustic, antique wood doors from Europe - Chateau Domingue.
Photo: Chateau Domingue. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Rustic, antique wood doors from Europe - Chateau Domingue.
Photo: Chateau Domingue.
Stone staircase and reclaimed rustic wood doors - Chateau Domingue.
Photo: Chateau Domingue. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.

Old World Style Doors at Chateau Gudanes

Another source of inspiration that springs to mind for Old World rustic French weathered wood doors left in a blissful state of decay? Chateau Gudanes. Get a peek inside here:

Vintage & Antique Rustic Doors: Shopping Ideas

I also found a source on Etsy for vintage and antique rustic door examples with Mediterranean style. Here are some examples.

Tall rustic vintage doors
Vintage Wood Doors, TheLittleMuseumCo on Etsy.
Arched wood shutter antique doors
Antique Arched Shutter Doors, TheLittleMuseumCo on Etsy. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Tall rustic antique wood doors
Tall Rustic Wood Doors, TheLittleMuseumCo on Etsy
Rustic antique wood panel doors with peely paint
Rustic Wood Doors With Peely Paint, TheLittleMuseumCo on Etsy. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Antique rustic Mediterranean wood doors
Old Rustic Wood Doors, TheLittleMuseumCo on Etsy

Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas

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Vintage Wood Shutters, TheLittleMuseumCo on Etsy. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
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Rustic Green Painted Farmhouse Vintage Door, VintageWhiteCottage on Etsy
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Shabby Chic Yellow Vintage Rustic Door, VintageWhiteCottage on Etsy. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.

Books Featuring Inspiration for Rustic Doors

Rustic New Doors With Old World Style

JELD-WEN 36 in. x 80 in. 9 Lite Unfinished Wood Prehung Right-Hand Inswing Dutch Front Door w/Primed AuraLast Jamb and Brickmold
Dutch Door, Home Depot

Hardware Ideas for Rustic Doors

CALLAN Visconti Single Cylinder Entry Set
Visconti Handleset, Home Depot
CALLAN Visconti Single Cylinder Entry Set
Black Handleset, Home Depot

My Own Rustic Knotty Alder Front Door

I hope it goes without saying…I would much rather have opted for an authentic, Old World rustic door for our home. But this project involved an existing fixer upper – not new construction – and we were working within a budget and timeline.

My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Before and After – Front Door Upgrade. Hello Lovely Studio.

So even though we decided on a new door with Old World style, we still managed to squeeze lots of rustic country style from it. And it definitely helped to upgrade our front entry.

My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Hello Lovely Studio. Knotty Alder Exterior Door. San Jose Handleset, Wayfair. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.

Find this rustic knotty alder wood door here.

Front Door Upgrade!

Upgrading our front door at the fixer upper was absolutely necessary since the existing door was badly dented and damaged from break-ins while the home was vacant.

Before entrance at Hello Lovely Studio Chicagoland fixer upper
before

The old door was just not helping curb appeal one bit in this pretty neighborhood. So if you’re at all toying with the idea of investing in a new front door, here are some factors to consider.

Before pic of our fixer upper entrance at Hello Lovely Studio
before

What Value Can a New Front Door Add?

1. Increased energy efficiency and reduced energy costs.

My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Hello Lovely Studio. 2 Panel Knotty Alder Exterior Door. San Jose Handleset, Wayfair. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.

2. Increased property value to protect your investment.

3. Enhanced curb appeal, architectural interest, charm, and style.

My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Knotty Alder Wood Door with Walnut Finish. San Jose Handleset, Wayfair. Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.

4. Set your home apart and catch a buyer’s eye for resale.

Pacific Entries Rustic V-groove 2 Panel Knotty Alder Exterior Door
San Jose Handleset, Wayfair. Hello Lovely Studio.

5. Make a good first impression with visitors/clients.

My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
San Jose Handleset, Wayfair. Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.

6. Welcome you and your guests warmly.

My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Hello Lovely Studio. 2 Panel Knotty Alder Exterior Door. San Jose Handleset, Wayfair

According to the National Association of Realtors, window and door projects mostly pay for themselves: homeowners can expect an 81 to 88 percent return on window upgrades at closing. Increased energy efficiency provides additional monthly savings. (NAR)

My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
San Jose Handleset, Wayfair. Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.

The new door truly gives the entry presence.

Pacific Entries Rustic V-groove 2 Panel Knotty Alder Exterior Door
Hello Lovely Studio

We love having the operable speakeasy, and since it is situated at a very human height, I can actually use it. The clavos are beautiful as well.

Pacific Entries Rustic V-groove 2 Panel Knotty Alder Exterior Door
Hello Lovely Studio. Knotty Alder Wood Exterior Door with Walnut Finish. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.

The door came pre-finished with an almost a glass-smooth feel which made me very happy since it begs to be touched.

My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Hello Lovely Studio
My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Hello Lovely Studio. Knotty Alder Rustic Door. San Jose Handleset, Wayfair. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.
Before picture of front entrance of fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
before

So long, neglected weedy house with multiple personalities.

My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Hello Lovely Studio. San Jose Handleset, Wayfair. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.

Hello, Lovely.

My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
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Before & After Rustic Front Door Upgrade

Before entrance at Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
BEFORE
Romantic, simple, French courtyard with pink accents for a tea party - Hello Lovely Studio.
AFTER. Hello Lovely Studio.
My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
Operable Speakeasy. Hello Lovely Studio.
Before picture of front door at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
BEFORE
My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
AFTER. Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic V-groove 2 Panel Knotty Alder Exterior Door. San Jose Handleset, Wayfair. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
AFTER. Hello Lovely Studio.
My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.
Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.
My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.
Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic V-groove 2 Panel Knotty Alder Exterior Door.
San Jose Handleset, Wayfair.
My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.
AFTER. Hello Lovely Studio. Knotty Alder Exterior Door. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors [Design Inspiration] with photos of doors old and new to inspire your design ideas.
My rustic alder front door - Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic Old World Style Wood Doors: Photos & Ideas.
Knotty Alder Exterior Door. Hello Lovely Studio.

See More Authentic Doors in France Here

To see a few glimpses more of our French country courtyard which we gave a makeover DIY style, see THIS.

Galvanized bucket of roses on vintage French prayer chair by Hello Lovely Studio
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-michele

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4 Comments

  1. May 22, 2019 / 5:11 am

    Lovely rustic wood doors! Don’t know which one I prefer. Thanks for sharing! Carolina at Ironmongery Experts

    • Michele
      Author
      May 22, 2019 / 7:57 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  2. May 22, 2019 / 8:57 am

    There’s nothing quite like an ancient door that has survived many generations and is full of character and beautiful imperfections! They’re like works of art!

    • Michele
      Author
      May 22, 2019 / 7:56 pm

      Yes! They sure are. I would love to create a book of photography filled with just old doors! 🙂

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