refinishing doors, and terrified
This seems like a fab forum but I admit I am a little terrified by all of the information here. I am a DIY baby and I have never tried to do any home improvement projects before. I live in an old house where all of the extensive woodwork has been painted white. I thought that a good way to start would be to learn to strip paint and refinish wood. I am starting with a plain upstairs door.
It is c. 1850 and it is solid wood. I've removed the door and removed all of the paint, but I'm not sure how to decide on the next step. In case it matters, I noticed that the wood seems dry -- some of the edges are kind of crumbly. Given how difficult the door was to take off and the many coats of paint were on it and the fact that the door hardware is stamped "PIERPONT AND HOTCHKISS NEW HAVEN Con 1843" I'm thinking no one has paid this door any attention in a long time.
Reading the forums there is so much information I am at a loss. There seems to be a boiled linseed oil contingent. Other people say my next step is shellac. Some people seem to be saying my next move depends on the kind of wood it is but I have no idea how to figure that out. YouTube videos advocate all kinds of things. Is there anyone knowledgeable about woodworking who would be willing talk DIY babytalk to me about how to decide what to do next?
To recap. I have a solid wood door that I have scraped down to the bare wood. I have sanded it. I used to live in an old house that had a rich dark brown wood doors and I really liked the look. What should I do? Keep in mind that if there are two alternatives, the easiest one should be my choice -- I can mess up anything!
Hoping for any help...