Spruce up old wood trim?
I am tempted to commit the crime of painting my wood doors and trim. They are 50s veneered slab doors and mahogany trim (according to a cabinet guy familiar with the neighborhood--I have no idea what it is). It looks bad. It's light, as though it's got old wax or something in the pores. Sort of a driftwood look, but uglier. But it's not sun faded--it's the same inside closets. I can make it less bad with tinted poly but was hoping there was something else to try.
See the whitish scum? Not very well, I know. They look like they were painted then stripped almost, but they weren't. Any suggestions? I can only get that nice goldy orange color to come out with a flash, but I'd like them to look nice in real life!
Also, does anyone have a good source for veneered slab doors similar to these? Some of them are beyond redemption.