I removed the doors and hinges and then made the necessary repairs from the errant nails. It took a lot less sanding and putty to fix than I thought. After priming you really can’t tell there was a problem. That is always good.
As for the hinges, I stripped them of paint and I think I’m going to switch them with another hinge. This was actually the plan along but I dragged my heals on getting the “new” hinges cleaned up. When it came time to mortise the hinges I decided to go with the original 1890s hinge that came with the cabinet doors. However, now that they are cleaned up I don’t really like them.
In the picture the below the 1890s hinge is on the left and an Ebay hinge is on the right. I bought a whole slew of these little ball tipped cabinet hinges on Ebay for like $15.00 (w/shipping). I think there was 20 or 30 of them. The plan had always been to have them nickel plated but I never got around to doing that. All the other cabinet hinges in the kitchen are nickel plated so the old brass look would not fit in.
I found reproduction ball tipped nickel plated hinges at House of Antique Hardware for only $17.29 a pair (Yikes!). I paid about $1.00 a pair for my brass ones so if I can get them nickel plated for less that $16.29 a pair I will come out a head. The question is, where do I get hinges nickel plated and how much does it cost. There is no one locally so I will have to send them out. Some friends had some stuff nickel plated several months ago, so I’ll ask them where they sent their stuff.