You might think that a post about refinishing a door is boring. But I promise that this is not a boring topic. Instead, this post is super exciting and about a product that has changed my life (well, my front door’s life, at least), and made my home’s entrance look amazing! And no, this is not a sponsored post in any way, shape or form – it is simply me sharing my enthusiasm with you because I can’t stop staring at my new, old door!
You see, my home had a very sad and neglected wood front door. My husband and I believe that the door is original to the home (built in 1923), and that it had been unloved since that time. It was dull, scratched, worn and looking like a piece-of-you-know-what. Not a very welcoming entrance to the home that we’ve put so much time and effort into! But, after a few days of refinishing it during my kids’ nap time, it is now an asset instead of an eyesore.
Before we get to the makeover fun, let me tell you that since our door was in such bad shape, we really wanted to replace it with a new, craftsman-style wooden door with windows. But then our roof decided to spring a massive leak and leave us with a huge repair bill. Needless to say, a new door was no longer in the budget.
Because of that, I decided to simply paint the door. But then I started feeling guilty about that. I was thinking that Nicole Curtis (The Rehab Addict), might come to my home and beat me down for painting over the original woodwork.
Materials Needed to Refinish a Wood Door with Gel Stain
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- General Finishes Gel Stain in Brown Mahogany (Other colors are available here.) UPDATE: Since publishing this post over three years ago, I have tried other brands of gel stain. In my opinion, none work as well as the General Finishes stain I’ve linked to.
- Foam brushes in varying sizes
- Spar Varathane in Satin (formulated for exterior finishes)
- Sandpaper (80 grit)
I breathed easy because I hadn’t ruined the door. (Oh, and in case you’re wondering why I didn’t remove the door knocker and the lock and handle . . . I tried. I just couldn’t get them off.)
I then let it dry overnight, and repeated the staining process again.