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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 10/7/2017

Well, I'd waited for this for a long time.  The door is up, it's sealed and locked down, it's working correctly as it should...so it was time to apply the stain.

I'd been doing to testing with various stains for the last couple of weeks using a scrap of mahogany that they inexplicably shipped with the door (it's not for the door in any way, so I'm forced to assume that it was intended for such testing).  I was pretty sure I wanted a walnut stain of some  kind, but the couple I had didn't quite work for me.  Searching the local Lowes (the number of Home Depot possibilities was pretty slim for some reason) I ran across one called "Special Walnut".  Now, I don't particularly know what's special about it other than it was just another shade of walnut, but I really liked it after I put it on and let it dry overnight.  I therefore choose to consider it "special" because it was the one I liked....

So, I made sure I had plenty of this ready to go and began early in the morning.  I used 2" brushes and swapped for a new one often  when I got one particularly buggered up.  It basically took all day,  starting with the left hand door and then finishing up the right hand door pretty much as the sun was setting. It was expected to be a quite night--no wind--so I didn't bother with putting anything to protect or block anything (the door is under a porch already).

I think it came out perfectly, even better than I'd hoped!  The stain imparts a new dark look which has just a hint of red and perhaps golden colors--I really like it. It will work particularly well once I get the exterior rock up around the door....that should go with the door coloring.

Very happy to have gotten this done....it's a big step towards finally getting this all done and sealed up.

Next up is getting the openings around the frame and stuff sealed up.  That way I can stuff insulation in there and start getting drywall and exterior wall up.



Steven in Colorado

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Full shot of the interior.
Better shot with as much of the door in one shot as I could.
Outside right.
Outside left.
Left hand frame (outside).
Right hand frame (outside).
Top of the arch from the outside. The fireplace is directly inside at the other end of the room. That ceiling fan is where my antler chandelier will be going in the early part of 2018.


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