Good Friday afternoon sweet friends. These last few weeks have been super busy but filled with all good things! We have celebrated our 2 youngest daughter’s birthday’s in the last month, we redid our baby girls bedroom, had volley ball camp, ordered our new homeschool curriculum and I’ve started making our lesson plans…we have also started renovating our master bedroom. YAY!!! I am so excited to show y’all what we are doing in our space. I can promise y’all that’s it’s going to look like a completely different room and I can not wait!! Today I wanted to share one of the projects I’ve finished for the room so far!!
Ok so we haven’t painted the room yet but two major projects are finished and the room is about to get painted…floor to ceiling. Yes, you read that correctly! I’m so excited! Ok so we have this door that leads out to our own personal deck off of our bedroom. The door was so bad we talked about just replacing it, but I was working with a small budget and a new door wasn’t on the list. So what’s a DIY loving girl to do? Save the old beautiful original door of course!!
Ok, so as you can see the door was a shade of blue, it had sticky tiles and paint on the glass. I knew I had my work cut out for me before I even started. We removed the door and took it outside for the paint removal. I chose to use Citristrip for this project. I’ve used it before and love it. Once I removed all of the hardware from the door I then used a paint brush to apply the Citristrip. I let is sit roughly 30 min. Once the time was up I used a metal putty knife and gloves to scrape off the paint.
For this project I applied 3 coats of the Citristrip, removing between applications, before I was happy with the final look. Once I had removed the paint I washed the door to remove any remaining paint or Citristrip. It can be messy but it will come off and its so worth it.
Next I had to flip the door over to remove the paint that was applied to the window. *gasp* It was easily removed just by using one coat of Citristrip and the metal putty knife. I also sanded this side of the door so give the wood a smooth finish again. Once I had removed the paint from the glass I washed again and then used windex on the glass to finish.
Once the door was clean and dry I used Minwax Special Walnut to stain the door. After the stain had dried I knew I wanted to apply a good sealant so the door would be well protected.This project was extra fun because I was able to learn something new and I always love to be able to discover new products and things to make projects better and easier! When I went to HomeDepot to pick up Polyurethane to seal the door, the lady in the paint department informed me Poly wasn’t what I wanted. Introducing Helmsman! I’m sure all of you already knew about this product but I did not!! This product is apparently the best sealant for doors and really any other wood pieces that may face Mother Nature!! I chose to use Clear Satin because I didn’t want the door to have too much of a shine.
I followed all the steps on the can except for the sanding part…I know I know, don’t throw stones. I wasn’t worried about a perfectly fancy finish so I skipped the step and honestly I cant tell the difference. One thing I will add though, I sealed the door with it in the house…TAKE IT OUTSIDE!! Seriously if you can finish the door outside it would be best. This stuff is strong and lingers. lol
Here is a close up of the door once it was completely finished. This photo isn’t the best and it doesn’t do the door justice but I love the way this door turned out. Not all of the paint was able to be removed and I love the aged look it gave the door! Once the walls and trim are painted the color I’ve chosen (surprise) this door will really pop!
This is the side that faces out. I’m really excited about finishing this little door space. We have to replace the screen door and the weather strip to make it all shiny and new but its all coming along!! I’m so glad I was able to refinish this original door instead of purchasing a brand new one!! It adds so much character to our room and I cant wait to see it all come together.
Thank you all so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this little journey of a door and I hope it has inspired you to try refinishing an old door in your home!! If you are on Instagram head on over to see all of the behind the scene photos and videos of our master reno!! You can find me @misdiy.
~Happy Reading Friends