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Need help with doors

GenieFebruary 18, 2013
I am trying to have my old farmhouse doors restored. The carpenter sanded them and repaired with wood putty as best as he could. Now I have doors that can only be painted and not stained. The problem is that the door frame and the floor trim can be stained and should be stained to match the rest of the house. Would it look wrong if I paint the doors white but stain all the trim yellow pine color? Can anybody offer me any other solutions?
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I think it would look better if you painted the doors and trim white. I think you can still get the farmhouse look without wood doors.
    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 7:16PM
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Have you tried working on your doors to sand and remove the paint? It is tedious work but going slowly you can get it done. I have used a infrared heat tool wearing a mask due to lead paint fumes. Be careful. You can also buy a festool sander and vacuum cleaner which sucks up most of the dust. Best to do this working in the garage with doors on sawhorses, I read that using linseed oil and steel wool also works but have not done that myself.

On another note I have used painted trim with wood doors that have been stained. Never done the reverse.
    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 7:42PM
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Of The Essence Designs
If you have access to a good faux finisher, you could faux bois the doors to match the wood grain in the rest of the house. We do this all the time when dealing with these types of situations. The pictures attached are an example of how good a painted wood grain can look if done correctly. Very cool door, by the way!
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Don't know where you are, but that door looks like some trim I ran into years ago. Best the paint store could figure out, it was some sort of berry juice stain. Bled through six coats of stain blocking primer and oil based paint. But for a farmhouse look, paint it all back to white. The knotty pine will need a stain blocking primer too. Try Coverstain. It wasn't around when I did the last job like that...we used Kilz and Bull's Eye for Bins. and enamel undercoater and white eggshell oil and finally pink eggshell oil. Sheesh!
    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 10:54PM
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Thanks. I live in Sullivan county, NY. We inherited the doors and much more unfinished work from the previous owners. On the bright note, we got a large farmhouse on a tight budget.
    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 4:36AM
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You could also look into having the doors dip stripped. This is where the doors are dipped in stripping material and all the paint comes off.
    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 5:07AM
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Judy M
I think you're going to have to paint them because of the wood putty, I don't think the putty will accept stain or other treatments, unless there is some new putty I haven't heard about.

I think the white door and trim will look fresh and nice in your farmhouse.
    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 5:29AM
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Thanks. I may have to just do that.
    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 4:54PM
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