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What type of door do I have, and where do I find a replacement?

Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by WolfOfBakerStreet, 14 May 2016.

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    Hello, all,

    Could anyone be so kind as to tell me what type of wood my door is, and where I go about finding a replacement? Thanks [​IMG] IMG_2299.JPG IMG_2276.JPG
     
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    Looks like good old-fashioned pine which has had a liberal dose of mahogany stain applied. Take a look at the top edge and maybe just scratch the top rail a bit - if it's light coloured, then you have pine of some type
     
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    Thanks a lot. It is light coloured underneath. Any suggestions on where I could find a replacement? The likes of wickes and B&Q have pine doors, but never in this type of colour.
     
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    They won't have. You'll need to buy the door, hang it then stain it to match yourself. Most softwood doors are sold unstained and unfnished
     
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    That's interesting. Does that mean every door in my house has been stained in this way? I rent the house, and there are six doors of this colour in total. The skirting boards, bathtub, attic door, all that stuff are the same type of wood and colour, so I didn't think the doors would be stained, just the same wood as the rest.

    Can I ask, is it difficult to stain a door, and find an exact match? Thanks a lot for your info.
     
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    Probably. I've seen decorator's stain entire pubs and hotels that way - skirtings, architraves, doors, wainscotting, window frames. door casings, the lot. Much, much cheaper than using hardwood and in a rental property I doubt that many landlords would go to the expense of doing anything in real mahogany.

    Staining a door takes a wee bit of effort - the stain should be applied using a foam brush (the "Peter Painter" sort) and I'd recommend going for a water stain rather than an oil stain, that way the stain can be diluted and several coats used to build up the depth of colour required. The colour looks like red mahogany, and that's where I'd start, but getting an exact match can take a bit of time and patience because colours change over time (chemical degradation, light fading, etc) and the way the stain reacts with the timber varies from tree to tree, so there can be variations. A good decorator would ace the job in no time, though
     
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    Thanks very much, really great info (y)
     
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    I wondered if I could trouble you again, or someone else. wickes and B&Q have the door I think I need, but theirs is about 9mm too tall and 2mm too wide. Where would I go to get it cut down?
     
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    Would I have to create the holes for the door knob and the hinges myself, or is there someone that would cut it down and do that for me? If you coudln't tell, I have little confidence in my DIY skills.
     
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    Either a carpenter or possibly a good handyman should be able to do the job (including trimming the door)
     
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    Either a carpenter or possibly a good handyman should be able to do the job (including trimming the door)
     
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    If you buy from B&Q, they will cut it down for you. IIRC you get three cuts for free??

    BUT... be really, really sure on your measurements before you go. "Measure lots, cut once"

    As to fitting hinges and locks, either a relatively simple DIY job with a decent drill, some sharp bits and a nice sharp chisel, or get a chippie in to do the whole thing.
     
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    Thanks, both.

    B&Q say they won't cut it down. Advised me to get a planer and do it myself, no chance!

    I wondered if anyone had the answer to another question, save me starting a new thread. I have a a kitchen cupboard door, the MDF plastic-like foil-wrapped whatever they are, like the photo below, and it (the MDF stuff) was cracked. I was unable to buy a straight replacement door, as nobody anywhere has the same size rails, so I've removed all the MDF and now it's just a wooden door. I want to paint it, as I think that could look OK, but I wondered if there is a special type of paint to use, or if it's just a matter of painting it, and where I could go to get an exact match. I believe I've read B&Q or such will mix it for me right there? I have the leftover MDF so they could use that to get a match. All the cupboard doors in the kitchen are the same colour and style, so I want it to match as closely as possible.


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