We had about 6 inches of snow last night (Sunday) and lost power until early Monday afternoon. Glad to have it back. Before the snow we had some lovely sunny warm days, and wanted to be outside so we did some sprucing up around the property. One of the items on my list was to clean the front door. It has really taken a beating over the last couple of summers with record heat, and the winters of the last few years have been tough as well, so although it didn’t need a complete redo, it needed some TLC. I really like my door. It is 8 feet high, solid mahogany, with leaded and beveled glass, custom made by a gentleman and his wife who had a small door company in Tennessee. I used them on several design projects for clients and they were not only wonderful to work with, but made beautiful doors. Unfortunately after many years in business, when the economy collapsed, so did the housing market, and they closed their doors for good.
Many times it looks as though a door needs to be completely stripped, sanded down and re-stained when all it may need is reconditioning. This door had been stained and sealed with polyurethane 9 years ago when I designed and built the house, so it has held up fairly well with this simple cleaning a couple of times a year. Pretty soon it will need a good sanding and reapplication of polyurethane.
As you can see in the first few photos, the finish looks dry, quite faded, and dirty, so this is how to brighten it up and check to see if it needs more extensive finishing.
I started by cleaning it with good old Murphy’s Oil soap. And then rinse, rinse, rinse. Let it dry completely. I then applied three coats of Old English dark wood furniture oil, one right after the other. I use the one for dark woods.
After cleaning it, I use a clean cloth, my favorites are old cotton tee shirts, pouring some oil on the cloth, wiping it into the wood, then buffing until the surface is dry and shiny. Don’t be afraid of working it in. What you are doing is nourishing the wood, and providing an extra barrier over the polyurethane against the elements. Any scratches will be covered up as well. Some people think that wood doors are too much work. If taken care of they provide beauty, warmth, and performance year after year. The amount of time it take is minimal as you can see here….took about 35-40 minutes total.
What I woke up to this morning…..beautiful snow and no power! You can barely see the snow covered park bench to the left. It is spring, right? Thank you for visiting. cheers, charisse
KBJ just walked in the door from working in NC and brought me these. He said he didn’t run into snow until about half and hour south of us. The flowers sure made me feel like spring is coming……….