Entry door refinishing

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Project by Peter_R posted 09-06-2013 03:18 AM 987 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It took me a weekend to strip and restain my front door. I also changed the lock from an old cartridge lockset to the normal lock set. It was a really neat project because at first I thought that I would have to buy a new door. The locks were broken, wood all faded and some of the stain glass pieces were cracked. I fixed everything for about $420 ($270 for hiring someone to repair the 2 panels of beveled stainglass. $100 for a new lock set). This door came with the house and is about 50 years old(?) made from mahogany wood. Buying a new door would have cost about $2500 and they are now made from mahogany veneer glued over pine wood. To convert the lockset, I cut a hardwood scrap to fill in the hole left by the lockset, then re-drill the new holes. Then I bought a brass door push plate from Homedepot to cover up the smaller holes, that did not align with the new lockset.

Items used:
Citristrip – I used this to remove the old paint and varnish. Works good and has a nice scent.
Husky 14 in 1 scaper – This is real handy for getting into the small gaps and corners
Stainless steel wire brush – for removing old paint in the wood grain
Minwax Natural stain – applied with a clean rag, this really helps make the wood grain pop
Minwax Polycrylic Spray – easy to apply vs brush on with nice even coating

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 04:26 AM

Nicely done. You saved an attractive entry at a nice savings. Congratulations.

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 08:22 AM

Great Job and nice savings…. Would rather keep the old door than buy some of todays stuff for sale. As you mentioned alot of it is cheap until you get into the higher price models. Well done. Looks really great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 07:18 PM

Great job,i love old doors

-- Johan, South Africa,

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