Monday, May 9, 2011

Door Re-do Part 1

We have been pretty busy as of lately. With all of this wonderful sunshine we have been having Fumi and I have been working on finishing some unfinished projects. We are replacing our existing interior doors with vintage doors I found on ksl a few months back. 
Here is what they looked like when I bought them:

They are actually in pretty good condition but they have multiple layers of paint and I want to strip it all down and stain the original wood. I found a great tutorial on how to do it here. I don't know if any of you have ever stripped old paint before but it is quite the project and very messy.

 After we stripped all the paint off, we started sanding them down 
(we as in, Fumi: 90% Me: 10%. Fumi and the sander bonded, and I couldn't figure the darn thing out.)

Fumi used his sweet little tool to sand all the decorative edges.

Here is my 10% contribution:

After many hours of physical labor, here is the door all sanded down, well one side at least.

So I haven't quite decided which stain to use on them yet. 
But I do have some ideas...

I love the airy feel of these whitewashed doors.

This stain is pretty...

And I love the color of this coffee table mostly because it was stained with a homemade stain. Using only a glass jar, distilled white vinegar and a steel scrubber... The tutorial is here.

Oh and hardware! How could I forget! I want to keep the old charm and incorporate these little beauties into our design...

Hopefully it won't be too much longer until my doors are complete!


  1. That is a lot of stinkin work! Good job! I'm impressed. The only projects I take on are ones that I can complete within a couple of hours. That's cause I have ADD, and I'm spoiled and am used to instant gratification.

  2. Hey! I think I saw Fumi outside working on those this weekend! They are going to be so pretty!!

  3. Yes it was a ton of work. Cannot wait until theyre done!

  4. you did awesome!!!! that is about the general ratio of J to me, with the amount of physical labor! Haha, great minds think alike!

  5. I can't wait to see the final product! Great idea!