Trouble was that the removal of the timber left ugly scars and we never never did match the putty or the ruddy paint. It has been ugly for the best part of a year, until this week when I had a bright, or should I say, brassy, idea! Decorative brass!
Easier said than done! No bits of decorative brass mouldings, but you can buy brass hinges so there you go, brass hinges used in a funky-outside-the-box way that works a treat!