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Too true of your hoarder neighbor---LOL---I hope my flowers motivate others in my neighborhood.

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I do have some in my Netflix queue. But shows like Holmes on Homes are not available on instant viewing. LOL

Sometimes I watch Hoarders even though it makes me feel ill. It is sort of motivating in a way to stay on top of things, LOL. I guess I could just look at my neighbors' backyards, too.



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Yes, and not running movies either---LOL

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I've been watching, "Drop Dead Diva." So much fluff but, I need to not think for a while, sometimes. LOL! It's not about home repair or sports training so that's good, right???



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Enjoy your day with Netflick----I have been watching the old Dark Shadows series---grew up with that as a teen and loved it---kind of neat to relive a moment of childhood.

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LOL! I taught my dad how to do stuff including drywall! My ex-boyfriend was helping with that job and I was directing how to do everything like they were the hired help!



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I thik that is a great way to begin. Sounds like Dad's skills taught have come to some very good use. Glad to hear NetFlix is the order of the day! Enjoy!!!!

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I dunno. I actually renovated part of the house I grew up in when I was in high school and had an odd hobby of refinishing furniture. But I bought my first house maybe 1998? And this is my third, not including helping my dad re-do about half of his house as well.

I am so going to sit on my a$$ tomorrow and not do anything. Seriously. Netflix on and take the dog outside sometimes.



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Hurray Tri-Babe! Good for you on taking those days off. You need those to balance out the rest of the week. Good job!

How long have you been renovating properties?

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I ended up staining the door today. It is supposed to get to 92, but if the stain can't be used 2 degrees outside of the listed temperature zone, then there's a problem. It won't get that hot until later this afternoon anyway.

I used a brush over a rag because it would be easier, but the brush also puts more stain on. So, it came out darker than I thought, but still looks good. I will take a pic when it is finished and the door handle is back on. I still have to put a varnish on, 2 coats and everything takes a day in between the next application.

My days off from working on the house are supposed to be tomorrow and Saturday and I didn't take them last week and was all worn out this week. So I am taking them, and didn't want to see my door sitting there unfinished for the next couple of days.



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LOL, not too sure about you being "not" that crazy!
Wow, good luck moving those bushes---the new porch and steps sound lovely. emoticon

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The new additions will be great!

I was going to stain the door today - until I read that it needs to be 50-90 degrees during both the application AND drying time. Considering it is going to be 102 today, probably not a good idea. I don't know what would happen if I did it when it was over the directed range, but after all that sanding, I don't want to know!!

Probably Saturday or Sunday. It will be 88 Saturday, 86 Sunday. Saturday is "supposed" to be my day off and I'm running 15 miles in the morning so looks like Sunday...

That being said my only other projects are outdoor, and I'm not digging up concrete or sealing wood or hauling gravel when it's 102. I'm not that crazy.

I've got some small fixes inside to do - light switch, and the infamous Ethernet cable I accidentally drove a finish nail into, etc - so will do those.

Will update when I am able to make progress on the door.



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You are probably out running as I am writing this. But the door sounds awesome. I love cherry stain! and our Ramp was also done in the Sedona Red Stain and I did the rails in cherry 5 years ago. It was lovely! The snow and the weather up here has taken it's toll on both and since no one is left here to use the ramp and rails we are tearing them out and putting in a new Mudroom addition and front porch. We both want a large covered porch, Wide steps of fieldstone and pathway to the garage and driveway. Hubby wants me to trim hedges today so he can dig them out and transplant them out to the edge of the wooded area where we have two gorgeous Boulders with an opening between ten that the Huge Azalea will do justice to. The other is a Quince bush that will be a bitch to move bit I want it at another corner of the property near the back also by the start of the woods in the back. More boulders back there and the place is cleared for it already. I just hope he hasn't bitten off more than he can accomplish. Those shrubs are huge and quite mature, But you cannot see them as they are behind the ramp and next to the house. He will have to bring in a backhoe to move them to their new locations and have them dig the holes. They are way to big to move by ourselves that far.

I want pics of the door when it is done okay! emoticon lol

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Ok. I think I was worn out or whatever the other day because I did not put Red Mahogany on the door. I tried it again today and it was SO DARK that was not what I used. I think it was the Sedona Red and maybe it was a different time of day or I was in a different mood, but this time I liked it. LOL.

Anyway I put on the Cabot brand Cherry. Lovely. That will be it. May not match the deck exactly but, oh well. It is very pretty.

I am going to put on the stain tomorrow, if all goes well with the wood filler I put on tonight. I've got a 7 mile tempo run at the crack of dawn, and plan to do it right after that.



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I picked up the cherry stain after the gym today. I'll check it out after I eat something...



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Cannot wait to see what the end result will be. Both sound great!

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I did take it easy, for the most part (aside from the interval workout LOL), but I went and got a sample of the cherry stain on the oak plywood scrap I've been using. I dismissed it out of hand thinking it was too brown, so didn't buy it, but when I got home and looked at it in the sun, it might actually be "OK".

I tried the Red Mahogany on the door. I actually liked that the best so far. But the color is definitely a "Go Big or Go Home" type of color. Which is fine, but if it is too "off" from the deck color, it might look odd.

The cherry is definitely a more muted red.

I may need to get the cherry and try it on the door to be sure. I'll look at the samples again in the morning to decide. I'm somewhat tired so that may be influencing things too.



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Well I'd say take it easy but that just isn't in your vocabulary is it! LOL Take care of your self and don't over do it!

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I really don't think I fainted. Like, I remember moving something out of the way so I could at least partially lie down. I think I just crashed out for whatever reason. And what's dumb is today I am TRYING to take a nap because last night I slept LESS and I am not sleeping.

So I'm just going to go to the store and get the stain and maybe put a sample on the door. The heavy sanding work is now done anyway.

I might try the red mahogany on the door later too. What the heck.

The next project is the last (I think?) but it's the foundation digging. Am NOT looking forward to that and in fact might hire out the digging so I don't overtrain myself. The problem is finding someone good who will show up. And by the time I meet with people, get bids, call references... etc and find someone who will do it, I could have had it done myself already.



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Rest Take the day off. You cannot keep this pace up if you are not sleeping well enough! Besides you fainted rigt? SO TAKE IT EASY today at least!

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I saw a door at the store I liked, it was the red mahogany, but wasn't as dark as some of the others. I am going to the store to get the cherry. I was trying to take a day off/nap but am just lying here.



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If you want a red door You just might have to PAINT it rather than stain. I was thinking a bright red door would have set the other colors off beautifully. I have red doors for my exterior and I love them!

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Actually if I don't like any of them I might then just leave it natural. Might not be the exact look I was going for, but it would still probably look "OK" enough and since I'm renting it I won't be seeing it every day. Will still be a nice looking door, definitely better than it was before.



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I tried the $2 exterior stain that I bought on clearance on the sample oak plywood. It looked too orange on the oak, but it matched my original deck stain completely - as I also had a sample of that on the oak scrap - which is a total SCORE since that usually goes for around $38 a gallon.

I tried the Red Sedona on the door and did not like it. I already sanded it off. It looked like that red color that is on cheapy fake furniture.

I'm going to get the Cherry from Lowe's. If that doesn't look good, then I will probably just use the deck stain and go with whatever color that comes out to be. Not much else I can do unless I want to go back and forth doing custom colors, or bring the door in with me to the store, LOL



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I'm considering taking most of today off after my pass-out event yesterday or whatever was up with that.

I'm going to try the Red Sedona before I go to Lowe's. If I don't like it then I will go to Lowe's and try the Cherry. Why waste a trip if I might already like the one I have.

I also remembered that I bought a semi-transparent exterior red wood stain that was about the same color of my deck (but a different brand) in the OOPS section - where someone bought a custom mixed paint and then returned it - for like $2. I am going to try that too (on the scrap first, of course).



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PUt it on, let it dry, and check it at different times of the day before you make final decision.

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Well, it looked red-ish on the samples at the store. A lot of it depends on the light, type of wood, etc. I might put Red Sedona on my actual door and not like it LOL which is why I am just going to put it on a small area first.



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I would think the red chestnut would have too much brown in it---when I think of Chestnut I think of brown.

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I was looking at Minwax Red Sedona at Home Depot. The woman working in the paint department told me not to go with that one, she said go with Red Chestnut, because the Red Sedona would look TOO red, and make it look cheap/cheesy. I said well my house is a muted grey/green, so I definitely want a RED door, I want it to stand out. She said it would with the red chestnut.

So I put the Red Chesnut in my cart, but when she walked away put the Red Sedona in my cart, too. LOL

I tried small samples of them on a leftover piece of oak plywood I have at home. The door is darker than the oak plywood scrap, it is maybe a red oak, or ?? Anyway, THE RED SEDONA LOOKED THE BEST IMO. The Red Chestnut looked too brown.

I even tried the deck stain and it actually looked more brown/orange on the oak plywood than the deck itself - the deck is treated pine.

Lowe's carries Cabot Stain and I took home a sample of cherry though it was on pine. I am going to go try that out too because I did like the look of that too. Right now it is between Minwax Red Sedona and Cabot Cherry.

Red Mahogany, my original choice, is too dark now.



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If the stain has polyurathane in it, it will come out shiny---if not, after you stain, you can put that on top to give it shine and it also protects the finish---would need to put at least 2 coats of it on, possibly more.

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There was one mahogany door I really liked - it was darkish, but bright, too, if that makes any sense.

I have some leftover oak plywood - might test some things on there. He said I could test on the actual door - that it would sand right off - but seems like the stain would sink in and I don't want to have splotches of off color on the finished door.

I want to stain/seal the front picket fence near the door, because then I could judge a bit better, but recently it keeps raining on and off... sigh.



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Mahogany is always dark---like your other ideas better---glad they were so helpful.

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I was at Lowe's for a while yesterday and the guy at the paint desk was really helpful - he took a couple large paint sticks and put sample colors on for the various stains, also I picked up more of the existing color for the deck to seal the rest of the woodwork outside.

I also went to the door section to look at the various colors. Then I felt too confused.

I'm off from working on the house Fridays/Saturdays, but from what I looked at the Cherry looked good, so did red oak, mahogany I think would be really dark, because the paint sticks were pine and he said on Oak it would be darker. I'm not even sure the door is oak, or another type of hardwood.



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Definitely cherry. Maybe the two tone after looking at the other photos of the before and after.
What a beautiful door and you got it for $100? Great deal.

Now do be careful of the heat! One you get heat exhaustion you will always have a problem with the heat! I know I get physically sick when the temps get above mid 80's with any humidity, this morning I got up at 5 am to paint in the garage and didn't open the doors. I was able to beat the heat and get more sleep! It is supposed to be super muggy and hot here this weekend so I need to get this cupboard done for my customer.

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Go Cheery!

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I am trying to make my day off from training also be a day off from working on the house, or else physically I don't ever get a rest! I wasn't coordinating that for a long time and really burned my body out.

I looked at an old photo of the house and one with the door sanded. I think the lighter color of the sanded door DOES make the entryway look more cheery, and the old color of the door now maybe looks too dark, even though it matches the deck better.

SO I'm not sure what color to do now.

I was thinking of sealing the picket fence in the front with the deck color, it has to be done anyway, so I could get more of an idea, but it's supposed to rain today (and the next several days) so can't do that yet.



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Understand you taking advantage of cooler temps---makes sense---just remember to take another day off to replace that one---esp. one that is super hot!

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I did sand later in the day. It is really exhausting working in the heat.I was feeling somewhat ill for some reason. I really think I started to heat exhaust myself the other day.

Now that the door is almost all sanded, I am thinking I might do a lighter color like a cherry rather than a dark mahogany. It looks really good so far. Still have some more work to do on it.

I'm supposed to be taking Fridays (which is my full day off from training) and Saturdays (my long run day) off as part of my focus on more R&R. I don't know that I will be able to do so, so may end up working on this tomorrow. I think tomorrow there will only be a high of 81.



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Hope you took today off and do it tomorrow---have to be careful of the dehydration. Go with more traditional ---suits futher home renters or buyer better.

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I think it would be too matchy. Especially since there is also a small wood picket fence in the front that would be that color. The color family will be the same though.

I have not been able to motivate myself to go out in the 90+ temps to finish this!! The first day I got totally dehydrated!

It's supposed to cool off tomorrow, though Fridays are typically my day off...



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I think you could do either, but I'm afraid if you match it to the deck, it might be too matchy matchy. I think I would go with Red Mahogany. Alot of times doors don't match the rest of the house and it's a good thing. Pretty door either way, though. :)

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I am refinishing my front door. I was going to stain it Red Mahogany, and my deck/outdoor woodwork is stained a color called "Brickstone" www.color-swatches.com/cabot/brickst
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, which is like a dark red/brick color.

Now I am wondering if I should stain my front door the same color as the deck and outdoor woodwork?? It would not be a traditional color for a door though, and my door is very traditional. I also don't know if it would be too "matchy", at the same time I don't want too many colors going on.

The house is a pale green-grey with a blue-green trim..



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