When you use these T hinges, the question is always where you place the small side of the hinge. Is it correct to have them mounted on the front?
It's easy when you have a flat frame like the cupboard above.
When there's an architrave, what do you do?
You could remove the architrave and put it back OVER the hinge.
You could face mount it and cut a hole in the architrave...
Or you could place the smaller part of the hinge the wrong way round inside the frame like I did here...
So the wrong side of the hinge is on the inside...
(The hole I cut is a complete mess. I only had a blunt chisel. But who cares, no ones going to see it and it'll look better when it's painted.)
If you're hanging your hinges this way, you might have to countersink the screw holes on the hinge as they are counter sunk on the wrong side and your door might not close. I just used small screws and got away with it.
But which way is right? I mean, if you're trying to restore character to a period property and you don't want to make a faux pas.
None of them! Ha! When these hinges were originally used on doors, there would have been no architrave at all. Architrave came about in Victorian times. These cottage style doors pre-date architrave and would have been screwed into a flat door frame, not a thin door liner like you'll find in more modern homes.
But we all like a bit of architrave these days. My advice? Do what you think looks right.
I took the architrave off because I was going to plant the hinges under it but the door liner is so thin and the hinge so big, I'd have been screwing into plaster which was too much faffing about for me. Anyway, I've got some nice new architrave lined up and right or wrong, I think it's going to look great with my cottage door!
Cost of new door: 2 packs of tongue and groove = £17.50 Wickes.
Hinges and handle = £5.97 Wilkinsons.
I'm happy with that!