Exterior doors on a new space can be a tricky proposition if you want a vintage look. Buying vintage doors from a salvage yard is a great bet, but its oftentimes wrought with issues. A lot of times, doors do not seal well if they are in an existing jamb (most times they are not). Many times the doors need a lot of work filling holes or making them square, and more often than not, this becomes a big investment. An additional route is to go with a new mid-grade door thats already in a jamb and has the holes drilled for your favorite hardware. in the example below, we will take you through the process of taking your new door to vintage new!
We started with a Douglas Fir door from home depot. This was was a special order and can take about 3 week to arrive. It comes with tempered glass, and pre hung in a jamb. The installation was super easy being perfectly square and pre hung.
We like the the stains made by Sansin. These come in a wide variety of colors, water soluble and have very low VOCs. we decided to go with the color Vintage Wood.
We like to start our staining the hard to reach spaces first. This includes the edges of the two panels and trim pieces around the glass. Luckily, the glass comes with a film from the manufacturer so there is no need to tape it off.
When applying stain, dip the first half of the brush in the stain and pat each side of the brush tip to the sides of the can to remove any excess. Apply the stain in long strokes and don't allow the stain to pool in one spot, because this can give you darker splotches and an uneven staining. Try starting your brush strokes on portions of the door that change wood grain direction. It takes a little more experience to be able to feather your brush strokes evenly. If you want a more forgiving approach, first apply a wood conditioner to the door so the stain goes on more evenly. you can find a wood conditioner in the paint department of your local hardware store. Minwax offers one that works well.
Take your time and apply a second coat to give a more even color. To seal your door, try using Australian Timber Oil. You can find this product at Kelly Moore or Lowes. The sealer is an all natural oil wax finish made for exterior applications and will darken the door at first but give it some time and over a few weeks, the finish will tone down to a more natural matte finish. Don't forget to add a second coat!