Have you ever had a basic house project you avoid? At all costs? You know the one! It bugs you every time you lay eyes on it but…
You can’t bring yourself to tackle it. I’m right there with you. Guilty.
I procrastinated re-staining the main door into our home for months and months and months. Ok make that more than a year! I justified my avoidance behavior with the fact that I had no idea how to go about staining anything much less
a door that I did not that want to mess up.
Long story short… the door I dreaded for so very long was actually a breeze to stain. This DIY took Less-Than-An-Hour (not counting all the time I spent putting the project off 😉
How to Stain your Front Door the Easy Way
Our door was in pretty rough shape considering our home is just two years old.
I blame the blazing Florida sunshine!
Our home’s southern exposure = frying pan
It’s like the sun’s rays cooked the two thin coats of oil based stain right off within months. Doyou see those embarrassing bald spots up there?! No anymore .
I faced my fear of stain! See how…
Keep reading below for the quick tutorial deets!
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Hint hint: Be sure you’re in a well ventilated area like outside your front door 😉 and wear gloves. This stuff is super strong.
And, after wiping the dirt, pollen and grim off with a paper towel (or 20), I roughed it up a bit by lightly sanding with a 100 grit sand block.
And, followed that up with another round of the cleaner. Total “prep” time took about 15 minutes, tops.
For my front door, I went with Olympic’s Maximum in mahogany.
Using a foam roller, I applied 2 coats (waiting about 15 minutes in between).
Don’t skimp. Get the best (dense) foam roller you can find!
You may already have a favorite stain you like to use but I have to tell you I really loved how easy Olympic’s stain was to work with and the clean up was a breeze.
Another BIG bonus for this no-drip first timer was the stain’s super even coverage. The stain felt like it was self-leveling which I didn’t expect but absolutely loved.
Staining our front door was easy. And rewarding! That’s the best kind of DIY, don’t you think?! It’s a perfect weekend project!
Do you have a door (or fence, or deck…)in need of some TLC?!