The hand carved flowers and leaves that were hidden beneath layers of paint.
While our addition was being built, I was in Belgium (didn't know you yet, Greet), buying for the store and looking for special objects that would make our 'new' home even more special. While shopping in Bruges, in a warehouse filled with gates, armoires, chests, chairs, doors, wooden boxes and chippy painted stuff that words cannot explain, I came across two sets of these doors that had come from a French chateau. They spoke to me!!
They showed years of usage (note the three different keyholes ), but what I couldn't see was the great patina (and carved flowers with leaves) that was hidden beneath the layers of paint. I had the doors sandblasted before I had them shipped to the USA. Shocked when they arrived, were the carved flowers on the upper door that was undetectable when purchased, because of all the thick paint build up over 100 years.