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Front door stain help, please! (x-posted at decor)

12 years ago

I posted this originally over at decor, but haven't had a lot of response, please help, and thanks!

The PO apparently attempted to strip the front door (or that's what it looks like to me) but never finished it. As much as I'd like to replace, I just can't for a while and I can't stand it like this any longer.

I want to do it right, and of course I will finish stripping it and sand it. I'm guessing it is oak (anybody know?). I really liked pps7's (from the decor forum) door which was mahogany, finished with Sikken Cetol 1 and two coats of Cetol 23 in dark oak. But I don't think I'll get that same effect with my door being oak(?) if I use the same tint, or will I?

I want a rich warm dark brown. I had thought of custom mixing... maybe Minwax English Chestnut and Dk. Walnut like az's stairs of late (also from the decor forum).

What do y'all think?

Here's some current pics...

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