Oh No! Can this beautiful door be salvaged? Stagers Tips and Tricks, Laura Baker, Ready? Set,...Sell! Home Staging & ReDesign, Jefferson, South Central, WI

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Oh No! 

Can this beautiful door be salvaged? 

Stagers Tips and Tricks,

Laura Baker, Ready? Set,...Sell! 

Home Staging & ReDesign, Jefferson, South Central, WI

So, do you think Stagers do not get emotionally attached to their homes?  Think again.  I live in an home that is around 100 years old.  It still has all the original woodwork.  It has french doors with crystal knobs and all the original glass panels.  At one point I had to remove one of the original french doors and store it out in the garage.  Now, I am sure it is no surprise that I am a little cautious about how I store things of this type of value.  Unfortunatelly, my "guy with the tool belt",... not so much!  I call him Mr.Tuck & Shove, due to that is his method of storage and filing.  I was out in the garage yesturday and to my horror, I did find the door.  He had tucked it up onto the rafters in the top of the garage.  Lots of "stuff" piled high on top of it.  Just a few months ago we had a new roof put on the garage due to many leaks. 

I went into the house and as sweetly as I could muster, asked my guy with the tool belt to get the door down and bring it in for me.  When he brought it in and saw the tears welling in my eyes he offered to clean it up for me.  So,... what was the best way to do this? 

 Here is the way the door looked when he brought it in;   

    

 

So, what is the best way to clean up woodwork?  There are several ways, but my favorite is (a trick I learned from someone who works in a company that does refinishing and referbishing for antiques);

1.  Wash with warm water and spic'n'span (granular is best).  This will clean and remove all gunk from the wood.  Allow it to dry thouroughly (24 hours is good).

2.  Rub into the wood lemon oil (my favorite), orange oil, Old English (besure to use the correct color ~ they have dark for darker stains, a medium for medium stains, a light for blonde woods and a clear).  These are fabulas for making woodwork look fresh and new. 

3.  Allow that to soak in for a few hours (or even overnight), then clean glass window panels with your favorite glass cleaning solution and old newspapers. 

This is the best time of year to oil up all your natural woodwork & Cabinets to keep it from drying out.

Do Not use these products on hardwood flooring!  EVER!

And the results are as follows;

So, what do you think? 

Before;                    &                     After;

       

Another door saved by

Laura Baker

Ready? Set,...Sell!

Home Staging & ReDesign

If you need help preparing your home for sale, or if you just need your home to show it's best, call us;

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Laura S. Baker
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group
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Hey Judy,  it is really surprising how lemon oil or Old English can work!  I soak my woodwork every year around this time (some times a few times a year).  What a difference it makes.  The homeowner and I worked last night for 4 hours on her woodwork in the house I am staging and she couldn't believe how much better it looks.  I'll be posting photo's soon.

Are you coming to Vegas? 

And the tool belt guy, don't be so sure of that!

January 12, 2011 01:07 PM
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Valerie Zinger
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Laura:  I am so glad that you provided all of the photos on this post.  It was an amazing transformation.  I also like it that you gave the time between each step.  Some people like to start and finish a job on the same day.  To get those amazing results clearly takes time.  BTW - as a little girl I thought those door knobs were diamonds and that my grandmother was rich beyond belief.  :-)

January 15, 2011 07:32 AM
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Laura S. Baker
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group
First Weber Group

Oh Val, that is priceless!  Through the eyes of a child (just warms my heart).  The owner of a house I am working on and I just did that to the wood work in her entire home.  She has been working her butt off to get the house ready for market.  I'll try to get a post up tonight or tomorrow morning to see how far we've gotten so far. 

January 15, 2011 09:35 AM
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Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Certified Staging Professional

Beautiful results Laura.  I also use both of these products but Howards, Restor a Finish is my new most favorite due to the range of colors that they have available. 

February 21, 2011 06:05 PM
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Laura S. Baker
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Hi Ginger,

I am hearing great things about that Howards, Restor a Finish.  I am definately going to have to check that out.  I have a kitchen right now that Howards Restor a Finish could help.  Wow, what a rediculasly busy year so far.  Gotta run, but hopefully this weekend I will have a chance to post some of the fun I have been having!  Be by to see your posts soon.

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