Cold White Steel to Warm Rustic Wood


Lost Mule Lodge

… a journey that began with a cabin in the woods


What better place to start than right at our front door!

We wanted our exterior doors to be steel for all the usual reasons, the strength, warping wouldn’t be a problem and better insulation.  The problem with a steel door when your home is supposed to have a rustic feel: it is white steel!  There is nothing rustic about it.

So begins my challenge. Giving a cold, white, steel door the appearance of warm, rustic wood.   After weeks of experimenting and hair twirling, I think I NAILED IT…  not the door…  I didn’t nail the door.  But all that hair twirling helped me come up with a process that looks pretty good.

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