One thing I love about our new house is that it has stained, solid-wood interior doors. The trim is painted a shade of white which is just great to me. About a year ago, I had pinned inspiration for my dream home – with dark-stained doors and painted trim! See my inspiration here, here, and here.
Our doors are not in pristine condition, but in no way need replacing. Over on House Tweaking, I read about her success using Howard’s Restor-A-Finish on some vintage furniture pieces. I picked a can up to try on a Craigslist table we recently put in the breakfast area, and thought I would see how it did on the doors. I have worked on two doors and the inside of the front door so far and I am really impressed. I used 0000 steel wool to work it into the wood and then wiped it down with a lint-free cloth. It almost makes dents and dings disappear (from view, not from touch) and gave a little life and shine back to the doors.
Here are a couple of before and after comparison shots: