How to Restore a Front Door
Restoration Realities visits a 1925 Colonial-Revival house that's in need of a front-door upgrade. Use these step-by-step instructions to restore a door and add period-authentic hardware.
Remove door by removing hinge pins. Lay door on a flat surface, such as two sawhorses.
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.
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.
Next, use a stain. We used a color called Early American because it matched the style of the house.
After the stain dries, finish with a varnish to protect the wood.
Mount the finished door.
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