If you’re “board” and hoping something fun “wood” come along, then look no further. This month at Wittswood, we are going to talk to you all about wood coatings and stains. We even a few tips for all the do-it-yourself-er’s!

 

Wood is a classic building material that simply never goes out of style. Be it the classic wood bedroom set that your grandmother passed on to you, or the china cabinet that has been in your home for generations, wood never goes out of style. Not only is wood durable, it is also one of the most versatile materials - you can mold it into anything. Be it doors or floorings, decks or bird feeders, wood never goes out of style either. 

 

Did you know that wooden flooring is all the rage right now? In fact, people are installing more wooden bathroom flooring than anything. Don’t believe us? Read our blog here and find out more!  Hardwood is still the trend. From Pinterest boards to interior design magazines, you’ll always find wood making an appearance. It seems as if now standard designs are not quite complete without the inclusion of hardwood. You can find out more about wooden décor on our website!

 

Wood staining is a popular practice for improving the look of your wood projects, but it also has many practical advantages. Apart from wood being durable and sustainable, wood staining also has many advantages including but not limited to preservation, financial savings as well as convenience.  Here are some of the common advantages of wood stains –

 

 

1.     It prevents Rotting 

 

Wood is prone to rotting when exposed to the elements of nature, such as your exterior wooden doors or barn doors. Not only does rot make wood less aesthetically pleasing but also eats away at the structural integrity of your wooden furniture or floor. Rot can also develop in a variety of ways, but the most common forms of rot are mold, mildew, and termites. It should also be noted that there is no real cure for rot. Once your wood starts to rot, it is irreversible. 

 

It is therefore advised that you re-coat and re-stain your furniture regularly to avoid rot and maintain the quality of wood. 

 

2.     Protection from the elements

 

Let’s face it, the weather in our country makes it very difficult to protect our outdoor wooden furniture. Be it an exterior door, your backyard deck or your outdoor furniture, they are all susceptible to varying degrees of the elements of nature. 

 

The entry of water into wood can cause more damage than rot can cause to wood. Once moisture is trapped inside the wood, it makes it more prone to splintering and breaking. Even direct exposure of unsealed wood to sunlight can cause discoloration. Sealing your wood with stain will preserve the appearance of your wood and maintain its structural integrity for a long time. 

 

Read on to find out which type of stain should you use for your next DIY project!

 

3.     Cost Effective 

 

If you have an outdoor deck, you’d understand the pain and cost involved in painting the deck. Or an exterior door even. If you’ve ever wondered why people didn’t paint their exterior doors a whimsical color, wonder no more. It is because when paint is exposed to the elements, it starts to weather and chip away. This does not only affect the appearance of your wood, but it also takes away from its structural integrity by exposing it to the elements. 

 

A good sealant on the contrary is much cheaper to apply and last for much longer before maintenance becomes necessary. 

 

4.     Aesthetical value 

 

The aesthetical value of wood often lies in its natural look. If you’re looking for more protection, then staining wood is to be preferred over painting wood. With stain, the grain of wood remains visible. Now, before you chalk it away as the boring option, stains are also available in a variety of color and tints. If you’d prefer a more natural look, then you can always go for an un-tinted and uncolored stain. Staining provides a lot of room for customization as well. 

 

5.     Time Saving 

 

Leaving wood in the elements without any coating is clearly a bad idea, not just from an aesthetic point of view, but also from a safety point of view. When it comes to choosing between stain and paint – which one is easier to maintain and apply? The natural winner between the two is stain. A wood stain can often be used without a primer, therefore saving on time and money. Stains overall are easier to maintain and apply. 

 

While the need for maintenance does vary with climate and product, even heavily exposed wooden doors are likely to require re-staining once every few years. 

 

The benefits of stains are numerous and impressive. While there are many options available in the market how do you choose the right type of stain for your project? Well, we are here to help you out. These are the four factors to keep in mind while buying the right type of wooden stain for your project -

 

1.     Color Preference

 

As we discussed briefly earlier in this article, wood stains and coatings are available in a variety of different colors and finishes. While choosing a stain you must ask yourself if you need the stain to match the exterior house colors such as the fences and deck or would you rather have them be complimentary? If you need more help picking out some ideas, you can always do a quick google search!

 

 

2.     Coverage of the stain

 

When we talk about stain coverage, it is important to decide between a light or a heavy one. Are you looking for something that will allow the grain of the wood to shine through or something to shine over it? 

 

3.     Source of Light

 

The type of light that hits your wood is an important factor in deciding what type of sealant or stain you would prefer for your wood. It will also affect the need to sand and clean your wood, so that you can assess with accuracy how a particular stain affects its appearance. 

 

4.     Type of Wood

 

Last but not the least, the type of wood you have greatly affects your decision to invest in a stain. Stain reacts to all wood differently; even the same piece of wood can take on different hues and tints. The key is to adjust the stain with thinners and other colours of stain. It's done trial and error, but it’s the only way you can match colours accurately.

 

 

Buying the perfect wood stain can be a harrowing process. But in the end, it is totally worth it. You not only save time but save money as well by picking the right kind of stain for your woodwork. 

 

At Wittswood we carry a few different varieties of wood stains and coatings. 

 

Leave us a comment if you liked our ideas or even better, send us some pictures if you do pick up an idea from our blog. 

 

At Wittswood, our external oak ledge and brace doors are one of our customer all-time favourites! Check out our newly added barn sliding doors that are on their way to become the #1 bestsellers!

If you’re not completely satisfied with what you are looking for, you can place a bespoke order with us as well! Contact us TODAY!

We also offer a range of other exterior doors, interior doors, as well as gates which can be made bespoke to fit your needs. You can have a look at our exterior doors here -  Exterior Doors, our Interior Doors our Gates!


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Do you have an old wooden door in hour house that you are tired of looking at? Don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a new door but would still like to repurpose your old door or gate? We have you covered! Here at Wittswood we care about you. Not just as a one-time customer but we also like to help wherever we can. We have curated a list of ways in which you can spruce up your old gates and doors. 

 

1.     Climbing Plants

 

It is possible that your yard has been feeling a little neglected all winter. But now that spring is on its way, your yard could do with a little bit more pizazz. The best way to add a splash of color to your yard is by adding flowering wines to any gate or even an outdoor door!

 

2.     Contrast 

 

If you are a fan of a bit bolder look, then contrast the material of your gate with that of your fence! Pair a wooden gate with a wrought iron fence or vice versa. If you’re a fan of a more subtle look then just use vertical wooden posts for your fence and horizontal ones for your gate. 

 

Another way to spruce up a gate or an outdoor door is to stain the gate a different color than before. This will instantly lift the look of your yard or your garden. For example, if you have a small garden and would like to create the illusion of space, just paint your wooden gate a bright color. This will immediately draw everyone’s eye to your “new” gate!

 

3.     Repurpose your old door

 

We understand that this might be a slightly larger project to undertake but we guarantee you that you’ll love the results! If you have small sized gate in your garden or a backyard, you can repurpose it as a child-proof door inside your house! You can stain it or paint it any color you want to match the interior aesthetic of your home.

 

Barn doors typically sliding ones, make for huge space savers even inside the house. If you have an area in the house that is already cramped up, just think about installing a barn door there. This will not only free up space in your house, but also add to the aesthetic value of your home. 

 

4.     Birdhouses and Planter Boxes 

 

Birdhouses and planter boxes aren’t just whimsical in nature, they also add a splotch of color to your garden or backyard. A few simple cedar planter boxes filled with flowers can really transform any boring old fence or gate. Add a few brightly colored birdhouses next to it, and you’ll give your garden a much more homely touch. 

 

Don’t worry if you don’t want to invest in wooden planter boxes. You can just paint a few old cans in bright colors and fasten them to your fence or gate! 

 

You can have a look at our planters here - https://wittswood.co.uk/quality-hardwood-products/bespoke-products/window-box-planter-detail

 

 

5.     DIY Trellis Plants

 

Trellis plants look pretty as a painting don’t, they? There’s something so soothing about a picket fence and wooden door surrounded by bushes and trellis.  Propping up a trellis against your fence is a great way to encourage a climbing vine to grow all over your wooden gate. You don’t need to spend a fortune buying a trellis, you can simply repurpose an old crib trail. 

 

 

6.     Old Windows and Shutters

 

If you see old windows or shutters at a garage sale or have some lying around from your last remodeling project, just scoop them up and add them to your backyard! They make for beautiful and antique fence or gate decoration. 

 

 

7.     Liven up your deck or patio

 

It is simple to add a bit of life and color to your deck or patio. If your garden or backyard are as they should be, but it still feels likes something is missing? The best thing to do is to liven up your deck or patio. Throw some colorful cushions on your outdoor furniture, add a rug to your patio, or simply hang up some string lights to add an extra bit of sparkle!

 

Leave us a comment if you liked our ideas or even better, send us some pictures if you do pick up an idea from our blog. 

 

If you think that none of these ideas can save your old gates and it’s time for a change, then look no further. We at Wittswood specialize in making wooden doors and gates. We even do bespoke orders!

 

You can order a bespoke garden gate made to measure on our website!

 

At Wittswood, our external oak ledge and brace doors are one of our customer all-time favourites!

We also offer a range of other exterior doors, interior doors, as well as gates which can be made bespoke to fit your needs. You can have a look at our exterior doors  Witswood Exterior Doors, our Interior Doors our Gates.


To learn more, you can directly call us at 01205 722 700 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of our team would be happy to help you out with any of your queries.

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Did you know that the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome, has a wooden door that is over 1500 years old? This 1500-year-old door still contains the intricate designs and patterns on all of its panels. We are not saying that all wooden doors can last for over 1500 years, but with proper care and refinishing, wooden doors can easily last a lifetime. 

 

 

Most people think that buying a nice and sturdy door is a job well done. Indeed, it is, but only half a job well done. Wooden doors, especially exterior doors – doors in your entryways – require to be continuously maintained in order to preserve their quality and essence. 

 

If you’re not sure of what needs to be done, no need to panic. We are here to help you out. Follow along to get an understanding of what’s required of you to provide your door the proper care it needs. 

Refinish your Door 

Refinishing is simply the process of reapplying wood finishing. This will keep your wooden doors from decaying or preventing irreversible damage to them. 

 

1.     Regular Cleaning 

 

The key to great looking door is regular cleaning. The frequency of cleaning however depends on a lot of factors such as – Is it an exterior or interior door? Do you have kids and pets in the house that may track mud into the house? What kind of exposure to elements of nature and weather does your door get? 

 

Once you’ve answered all these questions, you’ll be able to determine the frequency with which you need to clean your door.

 

All you need is a washcloth and some mild soap. If you’re using a store-bought cleanser then it is a good idea to dilute it with half part water to make sure it doesn’t corrode your door. Gently scrub your door with a solution of water and cleanser. Make sure to pat your door dry when you’re done.

 

2.     Lubricate Hinges 

 

It is important that the doorknobs, hinges, handles, screws etc. are functioning properly at all times. A good way to keep them moving is to lubricate them often. 

 

If you don’t have a lubricant handy, then we’d a few drops of olive oil. This will easily lubricate your squeaking hinges. We'd recommend using a pipette or oil can to make the process as easy and clean as possible. Simply apply a few drops of olive oil to the hinges and your hinge should soon be squeak-free.

 

3.     Use Caulk in Joints

 

A caulk is basically a waterproof filler or sealant that is used for repairs of doors and windows. With time the edges and joints of wooden doors tend to develop cracks and start to peel off. Using caulks or sealants helps prevent damage from water or air. 

 

4.     Sand or Strip your Door

 

If your aim is to smooth out bumps, grooves or dirt accumulated over time, or due to weather exposure, then the best way to go is to sand your doors. Use a medium-grit sandpaper, to sand your door, and make sure to take your time. 

 

How far you go on the sanding stage depends entirely on the condition of your door. If your door is heavily damaged, then you will need to completely remove the existing finish in order to restore a door, or to get an even consistent look. Even after stripping off the old finish – you will need to give your door a quick sand and wipe down. 

 

(Save the dust created in the sanding process!)

 

5.     Reapply Finish

 

This is a crucial final step in sprucing your door. Make sure you apply the same finish on your door that was used initially. Be it spar varnish, stain or lacquers, keep your choice of finished consistent. Use the coating evenly and lightly.

 

If there are more damages to your door that still need to be fixed then this is where your saved sawdust comes in handy. Collect all the sawdust, and proceed to mix with epoxy or glue and fill in any dents, chips or cracks and sand smooth before you apply a top coat.

 

Bonus: Removing Hinges and Hardware

 

The first step in the deep-cleaning process is to remove the hinges, doorknobs or handles, latches, mortice plate, key locks etc. from your door. This is not something you need to do daily, but for when your door is looking a bit too weather worn and in need of some special care. 

 

 

The aim is to remove all the hardware and anything that isn’t wood, from your wooden door. Once you’ve removed all the hardware make sure to mark them correctly and keep them in a safe place. 

 

Once you’ve removed them you can use a metal polish to clean them, if a regular solution of soap and water doesn’t do the trick. 

 

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At Wittswood, our external oak ledge and brace doors are one of our customer all-time favourites!

 

We also offer a range of other exterior doors, interior door, gates, and well as coatings and stains. All our doors can be made bespoke to fit your needs. 

 

To learn more, you can directly call us at 01205 722 700 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of our team would be happy to help you out with any of your queries.

 

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Buying external wooden doors on the internet can be a daunting task. We need to take into consideration a list of things starting from the interior décor of our home or office, the type of door most suitable to our climate, the ease of installation and subsequent care of the door, etc.

Having an easy checklist makes our choices much easier. Here at Wittswood, we aim to provide you with easy solution for all your needs. We have come up with a few tips that will help you make an informed decision and will bring you one step closer to your next door!

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What To Consider Before Buying Any Doors?

1. Material: This is one of the most important questions to ask before buying an exterior door. Wood, steel, fiberglass, aluminum, glass etc. are only a few options available in the market today. We strongly recommend investing in wooden exterior doors. Here are the reasons why:                          

  • Wood is a great insulator. It traps heat, thus making your space sufficiently warm as well as cutting down on electricity costs.
  • Wood is one of the most durable and versatile materials for a door. It can be customized in a number of ways to fit your needs.
  • Wooden doors never go out style and are long lasting as well.
  • Having a wooden exterior door will add value to your home or commercial space.

2. Specific Measurements: Whether you are shopping online or buying your doors from a store, the first thing you must know are the exact measurements of your doorframe. If you’re unsure of how to measure your doorframe, you can give us a call at 01205 722 700 and we’d be happy to help you out.

3. Décor: It is important to know from the get-go what kind of a look are you going for. For example, if you wanted to go for a particular shade of blue to match the exterior of your building, then you should pick an unfinished door. Unfinished doors allow for maximum flexibility.

What Type of Wood Should You Buy?

Every homeowner worries about what type of door to install. Will it be smooth or stained? Wood or metal? Magnetic or locking? The options are endless.

Wood is one of the most versatile & popular materials for making doors and thus opted by maximum of the audience.

Wooden doors are a great way to add value and beauty to any home. When taken care of correctly, wooden doors can last for a lifetime and then some. They are also very good insulators. If your home or commercial building is on a busy street, then wooden doors are the perfect option for you as they can help cut down on a lot of external noise as well.

However, not all wooden doors are the same! Some have better resale value than others, while some are more durable than others under certain climates.

So how do you know which type of wood is right for you? The answer depends on your specific needs! Read on to learn how to buy the best wood for your exterior doors, so you can get the most out of the purchase.

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1. Oak: is one the most popular types of wood used. It has the right amount of sturdiness and durability. Oak doors are also resistant to insects and that is one of the reasons why they have longer longevity.  

If you are looking for rich colors and a natural texture, oak is the best option for you. It comes in a variety of choices including but not limited to red oak, white oak, black oak, pin oak, etc.

Oak doors have always been a popular choice for the reasons listed above. That is also one of the reasons that they are more expensive that other alternatives, however they more than make up for their upfront cost by lasting for almost a lifetime.

2. Poplar: is often looked at as an inexpensive alternative to oak. It is a good alternative for an oak door however it does not offer the same durability and longevity as an oak door.

Another disadvantage of a poplar door is that it cannot withstand cold and wet climates for a long period of time. Thus, making it an uncommon choice in the United Kingdom.

3. Cedar: is another good alternative to Oak. Cedar offers a much more natural look compared to Poplar and is cost effective when compared to an Oak door.

Its natural oils repel bugs, making it an excellent choice for those who live in the countryside or on large farms, and want to be able to repel bugs in their home without using harsh chemicals or pesticides.

As a downside, cedar wood tends to swell & shrink with changes in humidity levels, which adds stress to door joints and makes them susceptible to warping or cracking in the very long run.

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At Wittswood, our external oak ledge and brace doors are one of our customer all-time favorites!

We also offer a range of other exterior doors which can be made bespoke to fit your needs. You can have a look at our exterior doors here: Witswood Exterior Doors

To learn more, you can directly call us at 01205 722 700 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of our team would be happy to help you out with any of your queries.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with us! We promise we try to keep our social media accounts light and fun!