A New Douglas Fir Front Door

January 11, 2009 at 3:36 pm 13 comments

With outside of the house finally painted it was time to replace front door. I wanted a styled that was a cross between bungalow and craftsman style. This is the door I selected.
Douglas Fir Front Door

I went with douglas fir as it was somewhat less expensive and matched the interior woodwork. I used a walnut stain and satin polyurethane finish.  I used an Emtek lockset – it’s looks good but the locking mechanism and latch are sufficient but not great.

Overall I am pleased. I think the door makes a huge difference on the houses curb appeal.

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Entry filed under: California Bungalow, Craftsman Bungalow, douglas fir door.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Matt  |  May 31, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Hey – just wanted you to know I enjoyed looking through your blog. Lot of great ideas as we are embarking on a similar journey. Thanks.

    • 2. james  |  October 4, 2009 at 7:28 am

      I have the same door in a way, what color stain exactly did you go with? It looks GREAT! any other tips for staining it?

  • 3. Kimberley Bauman  |  October 11, 2009 at 10:03 pm


    I was looking for a front door and I came across your post. Your door is beautiful. Where did you get it? Is there a particular company?

    Thank you,

  • 5. Melissa  |  November 22, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I LOVE your front door! Would you mind sharing who made it or what company it’s from?


  • 6. Natalie  |  June 23, 2010 at 6:23 am

    we’re on the hunt for a door like this where did you get it?? 🙂

  • 8. alison  |  April 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I was wondering where you got your front door and what color you used for your exterior paint?

  • 9. Jason Tornquist  |  August 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Hi, I’m about to stain a fir door and love the color you ended up with. You mentioned that it’s a walnut stain – do you happen to remember the brand? Thanks!

  • 10. julie  |  October 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Did you do anything specific to prep your fir door before you applied the stain? I have a similar style door that I have ordered and it too is fir. The stain samples I’ve tried all look very stripey. Would love any tips you would be willing to share . . .

    Wood conditioner? Lots of sanding? Both?

    • 11. joseph deck  |  January 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      The door was new — so very little prep as needed. (If you’re refinishing an old door it’s a bit trickier. You need to make sure all the old sealers are out of the grain before applying the new finish. I wipe paint thinner on wood I am refurbishing before I apply the stain to give me an idea as to how evenly the stain will take)

      Before I finish i usually sand with 220 and 320 grit sandpaper to remove minor imperfections. I know they recommend using wood conditioners on douglas fir but I don’t like what it does to the finish. I just apply directly. I control color and evenness with amount of stain I apply and how long i let it sit before wiping. Also, I never wipe the stain dry when removing excess stain.

      Finally the most important tip — I do all my staining, and varnishing with the door resting horizontally on saw horses. This allows you to apply your finishes without worrying about drips. I think it makes a huge difference particularly when you start applying your polyurethane.

      Hope this helps

  • 12. Bill  |  March 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Can you tell me the brand and name of walnut stain?

    • 13. joseph deck  |  April 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

      I mixed my own stain. i used General Finishes American Walnet stain which I combined with Trans Tint red mahogany dye.


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