Christmas is such a festive time of the year! Everyone is busy shopping for gifts, planning get-togethers with family and friends, deciding what’s for Christmas meal and of course readying and decorating their homes. We all want everything looking tip-top and at its best.
While one local couple was decorating their home this Christmas with festive outdoor lights their weathered and faded front entry caught their eye. Eagerly anticipating their family and friends gathering at their home they realized their front entry had lost its welcoming warmth and luster. The colored stain and finish that was applied in 2001 had long shifted from the reddish mahogany hue to a deep muddled brown! The finish too was cracked due to weathering and some to water from Hurricane Harvey. This weathering allowed their once beautiful entry to be a distraction from their otherwise showplace home.
Pondering how they could remedy their eyesore, one of their friends suggested they contact Dale Wright & Associates, LLC on possible ways to restore the beauty of their richly detailed front door and sidelights. After I and the homeowner inspected the damages I assured him with some “TLC’ their entry would be restored to its ‘as new’ condition.
Bearing in mind the restoration began in December, I and my co-worker began our task with a thorough cleaning. Next followed the removal of the original finish with a specialized chemical and tedious stripping by hand, scrapping and the use of steel wool. This process was accomplished in small sections and multiple times until the wood was exposed. Lastly, we did an overall sanding, a thorough vacuuming and wiping clean the door and sidelights with mineral spirits. Finally, we made it down to the original beautiful Honduran Mahogany which was ready for staining.
The detail work was a painstaking process, but I and my co-worker didn’t mind the work – we actually really ‘dig’ this kind of work. There is a ‘high’ we experience once we begin to see the transformation happen before our eyes – the old becoming new again!
Our only frustration with this project was we were at the mercy of our Southeast Texas winter weather! Let me tell you folks we knew this when we started, but if you plan to use an oil-based stain and a polyurethane finish ideally the temperatures should be above 65 degrees and the humidity should be below 50. Late Spring and/or early Summer in Southeast Texas is an ideal time for this type of outdoors project.
To finish the project, we applied the customer’s color choice gel oil-based stain and finished it with two coats of clear Marine polyurethane and voila the natural beauty of the wood was restored – and a Christmas wish came true! The homeowner was delighted with the restoration and said he couldn’t be happier with the result.
If your entry is showing the same signs of damage from our harsh climate, contact me and let’s discuss how we can add substantial value back to your home. I’m taking bookings now for 2018 Spring / Early Summer and would be delighted to add your thirsty doors to my list.