Hi, I am in the process of getting replacement windows for my 1920’s home, which will also likely require replacing the trim as well. The original trim and doors are oak (I think red) with a deep reddish-brown finish which I’m guessing is some combination of shellac and a stain. The new windows will be Douglas Fir, and the new trim will be White Oak.
1- What is the best kind of process/product to use on the new stuff to get it to blend reasonably well with the old?
2- I do have some stain samples from the contractor and they look really washed out compared to my original trim – is that a question of product, # coats, or stain type?
3- What’s the best kind of stain to use? Is some kind of pretreatment advised (and what)?
4- Should I try and go the old method of using actual shellac then staining?
I’m attaching a photo of the current door/molding I’ll need to match up with – color is perhaps a little less red than the photo but pretty close. Sorry, I know this is a lot of questions but I get one shot at it! 🙂