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About Front Door Restoration Basics

This is is small mini-guide that shows step-by-step pictures of how I restored my original front door, which was almost 100 years old and in bad condition when I started. 

This course will not show you how to rebuild the door.

But it will show you how to strip and old door and bring it back to life, making it beautiful once again and the showpiece of your house.

Here are the topics covered:

  • REMOVING AND RESTORING HARDWARE
  • STRIPPING THE DOOR OF OLD PAINT
  • RESTORING THE ORIGINAL BEAUTY
  • FIXING ANY WINDOW TRIM
  • FROSTING THE WINDOW

Here is a pic of my door when I started.  It was dried out and looked rough.  I knew I wanted to save it though.

 

 

 

 

Notice how dried out the door was with rotting wood and holes.

This shows an example of how dried out the door was compared to where the door knocker was, which protected that part of the door from the sun.

This is the door after refinishing, but before the hardware was re-installed on the door. Notice how nice the wood looks now and how beautiful the lock is after it's restoration.

Here is the pic of my door after I finished.  It now looks like a new door on both the inside and the outside and is really one of the most beautiful pieces on the house.