Renovating Solid Wood Doors

We've just bought a really old Victorian flat, and are in the process (about to start) renovating it. Pretty much everything needs replacing, but whilst taking the doors off their hinges today, I couldn't believe how heavy they were! I assume that under the paint they are some kind of solid hard wood, as nothing else could be that heavy.

Is there anything I could do to restore these? I can strip the paint, sand them down and varnish them, but is there an easy way of making them look a little more attractive, maybe using a router?


  • ukjoel
    ukjoel Posts: 1,468 Forumite
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    Have a look in yellow pages and get a company to chemical dip them.
    They take the doors away and bring them back and its about £20 - £30 a door.

    If the doors are as solid and are originals you will be amazed at the way they look when they come back.

    A friend of mine had hers done and they looked stunning. Lot less faff and better results than sanding yourself. Lot cheaper than new doors.
  • markie1980
    If you are wanting to add detail with a router, does that mean that they are completly smooth?
    If so, There's a good chance that they will be 4 panel doors covered with hardboard. (This was a phase years ago, to make doors more modern looking!)
  • slummymummyof3
    Be careful stripping them yourself as they could have lead paint on them. We had some dipped and they came back looking stunning.
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