Restored French doors
Photo: Dominique Vorillon
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Bit by the Restoration Bug

The first project that Murray took on himself was stripping and staining the French doors and woodwork in the den. "The soft pine was hard to stain without making a blotchy mess, since it tends to absorb color unevenly," he says. "I actually felt like crying a few times." But once the project was complete, the results gave the owners a peek at what the house could be, and that was all the motivation they needed to get up and running.
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