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How to Stain a Wood Door

Give your sliding door an extra coat of class.

Sliding wooden doors are an exciting trend right now, but these throwback entryways come from long line of classic country charm. And while they’re relatively easy DIY projects, there’s at least one thing just about anyone can do to put their own personal touch on a new sliding wood door: Stain it!

We’re here to get you started with some ideas for how to stain your wood door. We’ll also give you a step-by-step walkthrough on how to get a natural finish that either blends with your existing décor or stands out as a focal point in your room.

 

What you’ll need to stain a wood door:

  • Stain of your choosing
  • Stain tray
  • Polyurethane (semi-gloss, gloss, etc.) of your choosing
  • Staining pad/sponge
  • Gloves
  • Rag
  • A towel or surface to stain on
  • Sandpaper (120-grit recommended)

Step 1: Choose your wood door stain color

The first step on the path to staining wood doors is probably the hardest one. With so many natural wood door stain colors available, it’s hard to determine which one is best or closest to your existing wood décor. If you’re not certain on a match, you can take a piece of varnished wood with you to your local paint shop, and they’ll help you match it in their computer’s stain hue database. If you can’t take a piece of wood to the store, then bring the store to your home (well… not literally) by grabbing some stain samples to compare at home at your convenience.

Step 2: Remove the door

Whether you want to paint your sliding wood door or any ol’ hinged door, you’ll need to remove it from the wall and dismantle the pieces attached to it – knobs, hinges, handles, and weather strips. For the smoothest stain, keep your door laying flat so that you don’t have potential drip-dry streaks.

Step 3: Sand the wood door surface

In order to apply an even, rich coat of stain, you’ll need to sand your wood. For this purpose, 120-grit sandpaper does a great job. Be sure to sand in the direction of the wood grain. You can do this by hand — or save yourself some time by getting a sander for an easier, more seamless sand job!

Step 4: Clean shop = happy shop

You might be tempted to leave all the sawdust from sanding on the ground as you move into the actual staining portion of this project — but don’t do it! Cleaning up after you sand will not only help you organize, it will also eliminate any potential saw dust from getting stirred up and deposited back on the wood, which could cause uneven staining and smaller, bumpy wood particles to cling to your stain as it dries.

Step 5: Open your stain canister

It’s time to finally crack open your can of stain and get to work on varnishing! Use a flathead screwdriver to pry open the lid. Also, make sure to let your staining pad drip some excess before applying your first coat.

 

Step 6: Get to staining your wood door!

As you begin to apply your stain, make sure your strokes are even and in the direction of the wood grain. If you get any drip runoffs, make sure to immediately wipe them up with a rag to prevent an uneven look.

Step 7: Finish staining and wipe “dry”

Once you’re happy with your coat of stain, grab that rag and wipe the stain. By wiping the stain, you’re increasing the dry time but, more importantly, you’re minimizing the risk of smudges or streaks that might hinder a clean finish.

Step 8: Let your wood door air dry

After you’re all finished and wiped down, it’s time to set the door upright against a wall. Be sure to place a rag between the door and the wall to prevent stain from transferring to the wall. Make sure to do a last check of the edges of the door to look for runs, smudges, or drips. Once it’s dry, it’s time to rinse and repeat the process on the other side of your door.

Step 9: Re-hang your door

Once you’re completely finished staining and drying, you’re now ready to reassemble any knobs and hinges before re-hanging the door – on its hinges or it’s railing system (if it’s a sliding wood door).

Finally, take a step back and admire your work and your newly-stained wooden door. Go ahead. You can even pat yourself on the back for job well done.  You’ve earned it. And now you and your guests can admire it for years to come!

 


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Rustica Lock Measuring Guide

Measuring Distance

This is the measurement from the top of your door to where you'd like the lock handle. This measurement allows you the flexibility to place the locking mechanism where it will not interfere with any existing handles or fixtures pre-mounted to the door. You'll need at least 2-1/8" clearance below. See Picture

Hole Placement

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Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Standard is 5'-1/2" above door knob boring.

Our designer corbels are sold in pairs. Each pair of mantel corbels is made of solid alder wood and designed for use with our floating mantel shelves. Corbels are easy to install and add a substantial design feature to your mantel space. Corbels will come finished to match the color and texture of your selected mantel.

All of our solid wood doors are made from the finest grade knotty alder or poplar. The species of wood that a door is made from is based on the finish that is selected for that door. Knotty Alder is more rustic and full of knots that are prevalent in the finished look. Poplar is a cleaner wood in that it has less knots for a more seamless look.

Please use the below guide if you're interested knowing what species of wood your door will be made from and the type of look you should be expecting:

This is the width, height and thickness of the door itself. If you are replacing a slab (door without the jamb), fill in the exact measurements of the existing slab.

To measure rough opening height, measure the distance from the stud above the door opening to the floorboard at the bottom of the door opening.

To measure rough opening width, measure the distance from the stud on one side of the door opening to the stud on the opposite side of the opening.

Measure the existing slab, that you're wanting to replace, from the top of the door to the top of each hinge. You will format your entry in this format: Hinge 1- 10" from top of door. Hinge 2- 22.

We Recommend:

3-1/2" hinges for 1-3/8" doors, 4" hinges for 1-3/4" doors and 4-1/2" hinges for 2-1/4" doors.

Select which side of the door you'd like your pull/handle to be located when facing the front side of the door (the side of the opening in which you can see your track/rolling system). The back side handle will be placed on the same side of the door as your front side handle.

NOTE: The current lead time for Brushed Steel and Brushed Stainless Steel on the Box system type is 7 weeks.

Hinge Placement Instruction

To identify hinge positions, measure from the TOP of the door to the top of each hinge.

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Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

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