Wednesday, May 18, 2011

French Doors: Before and After

Feels great to mark this project off of the list. Went a lot slower than expected, what with the weather and the fact that it took forever for the million coats of stain to dry. Oh, and the fact that old walls are always fun. Remember this?

It looks like this now:
We stained the doors with Minwax Bombay Mahogany, Satin finish. Love this- has the polyurethane added into the stain.

And here they are:

They took forever, but it was so worth it. I love the contrast of the dark stain against the stark white oil-base trim. And it is wonderful to see the light come through the panes into our bedroom every morning.


  1. You did such a beautiful job with staining the french doors. May I ask what you used to apply the stain ... was it a brush, sponge, or cloth?

  2. Thank you! :) We used a foam brush and did a light sanding between each coat, then wiped it down with tack cloth before reapplying the stain. We found that the foam left tiny air dimples in the first 2 coatings of stain, thus the sanding, but the application was smoother overall than we could get with a paintbrush. Best of luck on your next project!