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

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Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

The door looks great! I would have been so angry....and by the way... I am married to Mr. Tool Belt's brother... Mr. Put It Up And Forget Where....

Jan 10, 2011 12:30 PM #11
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David Ames
Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
San Francisco

Love "old english"...that, and Howard's 'Restore-a-Finish'.  The transformation on that door is amazing.

Jan 10, 2011 12:47 PM #12
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

Oh yeah, I have met him too Sussie!  Must run in the family, the guy with the tool belt has similar traits.  I was angry when I first found the door, but what can you do?  Yelling wouldn't have gotten him to get the door down off the rafters for me.  And he would not have sheepishly cleaned it up for me (he chose to do the initial - spic'n'span scrub down).  Yeah, that was smart of him.  :)

Jan 10, 2011 01:09 PM #13
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

What a transformation!  Beautiful!  And I love your ending line, "Another door saved by Laura Baker."  This could be your niche -- saving doors!

Jan 10, 2011 01:16 PM #14
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

David, I carry each color of Old English in my Staging cleaning kit!  I haven't tried Howard's 'Restore-a-Finish'.  I do have a project I would like to try it on.  I'll have to check it out. 

I was really worried about this door when I first saw it, but now it looks beautiful.  I have to clean up the glass a little yet, but the oil was still too fresh when I wanted to get the photo's.  The scariest part was, my concern that it would still match the other three it goes with.  It actually looks better than the other three!  Guess what I have to do today?  :)'

Jan 10, 2011 01:21 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

I wish I would have done a better job of just that last summer Patsy.  I had a beautiful old 6 panel door that had the old white paint on it.  The paint was rubbed and chipped off perfectly. I have been collecting old white painted windows, doors, shutters, finials, etc. for staging props in some of the beach side and Victorian homes.  So, what is the only thing "the guy with the tool belt" sold at our rummage sale last summer?  Oh yeah!  My 6 panel door!  It was one of those original doors you don't come across very often and he sold it for a whopping $3.00!  Now that door, still pi,,,,,,es me off.  All I could say when he told me was; "Oh, how nice."  Fortunately, he knows exactly what that meant (it's from a southern bell joke we heard while we were living in Tennessee). 

Jan 10, 2011 01:30 PM #16
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Laura -  one more reason for you to come on up to my place!  Beautiful job.  The wood in those old doors can not be found today.  They just don't make trees like that anymore!   My house has all original doors from the 1800's and we are known for the smell of lemon oil each winter when we 'feed' the wood.  Of course, we had to strip layer upon layer of paint off of them first - Yikes.  I can't even imagine that very first brush stroke of paint being applied.  But, it is all gone now leaving nothing but the amazing wood grain and the rich warm glow like you have given back to your door.

Jan 10, 2011 02:48 PM #17
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

Susan, one of these days I am going to be taking you up on that!  Be careful what you wish for.  LOL!  That is a lot of work, but I bet it was well worth every minute of it.  I am so fortunate to have Maple throughout the entire house.  And as you know, this is the time of year when I have to go room by room and give it a good soaking! 

A good friend of mine, whom just happens to be a Realtor®, told me she was showing a house one day and of course she took her shoes off by the door.  She noticed as she walked into the room that the floors were very slippery.  By the time she got to the center of the room her feet were slidding out and she couldn't stop herself.  Right there in front of another Realtor® and the buyers, down she went slidding onto the floor in her skirt! 

Lesson here;

1.  always bring grippy slippers.

2.  never use spray "Pledge" on hardwood floors! 

3.  stay flexible as to not pull anything!

Jan 10, 2011 03:15 PM #18
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

That's funny -  my husband insists on using Orange Glo on the floors but I'm not going to complain because  HE IS DOING THE FLOORS!!!!

Jan 10, 2011 03:23 PM #19
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

Hey Susan, as long as he's doing the floors and you are not "hitting the pavement" so to speak, it's all good!

Jan 10, 2011 03:48 PM #20
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Yes, I told him as long as it was only the floors he was doing!  [evil grin]  He said he no energy left over for any thing else!

Jan 10, 2011 03:56 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

:-(  Oh well, perhaps after a little nap?

Jan 10, 2011 04:24 PM #22
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Amazing work #60, the door looks fabulous.............you're much more patient than me when it comes to this kind of stuff..............I'd have bought a new door.

Jan 10, 2011 08:37 PM #23
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

Thank you Sir Rog.  I completely understand, however; this door is one of four doors that all work together.  It is the one with the crystal handle.  It is the most important piece to the set, so.... I really had no choice about it.  I had to fix it.  So glad it worked out well.

Jan 11, 2011 06:15 AM #24
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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

HI Laura - Wow!!!  Nice work. I'm so glad you were able to get that door back to its original beauty.

And  - GRRRRR - my response to your Tool Belt Guy having sold that six panel door. Bet he'll never do anything like that again.

Jan 12, 2011 12:57 PM #25
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

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!

Jan 12, 2011 01:07 PM #26
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Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

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.  :-)

Jan 15, 2011 07:32 AM #27
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, 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. 

Jan 15, 2011 09:35 AM #28
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

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. 

Feb 21, 2011 06:05 PM #29
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

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.

Feb 22, 2011 09:49 AM #30
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