Since I’m a glutton for punishment and must secretly thrive on chaos, why not add another project to the mix? For the longest time, I have wanted to stain our double front doors in a richer color. I have ogled front doors like this stunner – what’s not to like?
One more – bear with me on the front door crushes I’m having:
All gorgeous, right?
However, the thought of stripping my front doors was daunting, and not something I was looking forward to tackling. You can see in this photo that the exterior side of the front doors are looking a bit faded.
Inside isn’t quite as faded, but still isn’t as dark as I would like.
So, you can see that they’re taped off and ready for action, but yet, they’re not sanded down to the bare wood. You’re probably thinking, “What is she doing? How can you possibly stain a front door without sanding off the old stain?”
After stumbling upon Monica’s amazing oak to espresso bathroom vanity makeover
, I was obsessed. Seriously, I don’t even remember how I found her blog and this project. I think I was reading a Houzz
article and one thing led to another. I wasn’t even looking for it – I like to think it found me. 🙂
I was in awe of her transformation.
Amazing, right? And she did this without sanding off the original honey oak finish. “Impossible!”
I thought. I had to read her FAQ
more than once to believe it myself. But, it’s true.
So, I hustled out around town in search of this miracle product. It must be popular, because one shop told me that about 10 people had recently inquired about it, and another store even knew the color that I was looking for before I said a word. I think the jig is up and word is travelling fast.
I snapped up some of the stain, and got to work yesterday. Even with one coat, I’m loving the difference. The door on the left has been stained – sorry about the photo quality, I was trying to work quickly to maintain an even stain application, and was taking this picture with a sock full of stain on one hand. But, you get the idea.
So, I am going to get my beautifully dark front doors without the back breaking work of sanding off the old finish entirely. I’m really excited to get to the outside of the front doors since they are looking the most faded.
Of course, this also has my wheels turning on staining other areas… Like the banisters.
And the dining room built-ins (you can see the outside of them here).
Here’s an old photo of the opposite side of the built-ins, in the dining room.
Our kitchen breakfast bar is the same color, and it’s also on my list. So many possibilities!
So, have I just been under a rock and am behind the curve in discovering this gel stain? Have you used it? Or did you go the hard route and sand down a piece to the bare wood before refinishing?