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How to Refinish a Solid Wood Door

Refinish a solid wood front door by following these easy steps.

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    $100 - $250

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Step 1: Remove Door From Hinges

Remove door by removing hinge pins. Lay door on a flat surface, such as two sawhorses.

Step 2: Sand the Door

Use a palm sander with fine grit to give the door a light sanding. Keep the palm sander moving. If you leave it too long in one spot, you'll damage the wood.
Safety note: Wear safety glasses when using a palm sander. A dust mask might be necessary as well.

Step 3: Wipe and Condition

After sanding, wipe with a tack cloth to remove all dust. Follow with a pre-conditioner that will help the wood absorb the stain more evenly.

Step 4: Stain the Door

Next, use a stain. We used a color called Early American because it matched the style of the house.

Step 5: Varnish, Dry, Mount

After the stain dries, finish with a varnish to protect the wood.
Mount the finished door.

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