I really hope someone out there can give me some concrete advice I have spoken to so many people about this and I get different responses. So the saga goes like this. Old house 1940s, with probably 1960's interior doors and window frames.
They looked to me at least varnished, I'm by no means an expert. So I then stripped and sanded down a door and window frame using liquid water based stripper and an orbital sander.
Got them stripped. Then thinking I was down to the wood. The door appears to be a wood panel door. I got some stained Polyurethane and did a coat. To my horror the door looks completely different.
I have put the photo's here
There are some before and after pics. The first coat, revealed a completely different grain and pattern to what was there previously. Along with a hideous shine and for some reason a whiteish residue. Anyway I'm at a loss what happened and what to do. All i wanted to do was refinish the door and make it look nice again.
I have also stripped and sanded a window frame, but I am too nervous to do anything further, I want to know how to get the door and frame back to how they were. I have attached some pics showing the original look. Along with the frame of the door.
How can I get back to this? What do I have to do? I'm really desperate for some advice. If there is anyone out there that has experience of this or has more questions please come back to me I will be eternally grateful!