A few months ago I shared my guest bedroom makeover and forgot to share how Mr. DD completed the room by refinishing the door and closet doors in the space. So today I am sharing How to Refinish a Wood Door.
My home was built in 1927 and most of the wood work was painted and the few doors they did not paint had a orange color tint to the stain. Mr DD. has removed all the paint from the oak trim on the main living area and as we refinish a new area in our home, he will remove the doors and refinish them back to the original wood. Thankfully the 3 doors in my guest bedroom never were painted, so that made his job easier without all the layers of paint.
The doors in my guest bedroom looked just like my attic stairway that is currently being refinished. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to get the behind the scenes photos of all my projects.
Step 1: Remove the doors from the door frames and remove all hardware
Step 2: Apply paint stripper and let sit according to time on directions. Using a putty and newspapers, remove the layers of paint(if applicable) urethane and stain. I do not recommend that you wear shorts and flip-flops like Mr. DD. Wear protective gear incase the stripper splashes onto your skin. It is like the old saying we tell our kids, “Do as I say and not as I do.”
While there is still stripper on the moulding, use steel wool and the crevice tool to make sure all urethane is removed from the moulding.
Step 3: Sanding the door
Use a finishing sander to sand the flat parts of the door and sand the moulding and profiles by hand. Use a vacuum and tack cloth to make sure the dust is removed from the door.
Step 4: Apply stain
Using a soft lint free cloth apply the stain. Mr. DD. applied the stain on the moulding and profiles first and finished with the flat parts. Make sure to wipe away any un-absorbed stain using a dry cloth and wiping in the direction of the wood grain. One coat was all we needed on these doors since they have been stained before. Let dry according to directions before applying a second coat.
Step 5: Applying Sealer
I prefer to use the Wipe-On Poly sealer from Minwax. It is easy to use and you apply thin layers which prevents drips and air bubbles. Slightly sand down with a very fine grit sandpaper between coats, making sure to remove all dust before applying the additional coats of Wipe-On Poly.
You can see how pretty the doors turned out. I love the rich deep tone of the doors in this space.
Once the attic area is complete, Mr DD. will have refinished all the doors in our home. Did you know that April is National Woodworking Month? Minwax founded National Woodworking Month in 1990. For 25 years, Minwax has helped its consumers discover and re-discover the joys of working with wood through woodworking and wood finishing projects. Stop over to their Facebook page to find out more about the contest they are running to celebrate 25 years of National Woodworking Month.
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