The years and the elements hadn't been kind to the exterior of this particular 94-year-old, thick, cypress door. Wood entry doors everywhere suffer from the same assaults, and many end up in the trash, replaced by low-maintenance, mass-produced metal and fiberglass surrogates.
Painting contractor John Dee, who has worked on many This Old House
television projects, attacked the splotchy surface of this door with sandpaper and scrapers until the old pine door was as fresh and as fragrant as the day it was built. See all the steps to giving your old door a fresh, new look at How to Refinish a Door.How to Spruce Up Your Entryway
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