Refresh Old Wood Easily (Faux Wood Garage Door Update)

It was almost exactly 3 years ago that I decided to do something drastic. My husband and I took on the exterior of our home in DIY form as we are known to do. He tackled the stone veneer on the front, while I took care of painting the entire house top to bottom (yep, all by my lonesome self). I decided to take our builder grade garage door to a new level and give it a faux wood look. Many have asked, “How has it held up?” So today I’m going to show you the 3 year anniversary reveal, plus give you a few tips on how to refresh old wood with my latest treasure.

If you haven’t read about our garage door makeover, you really should head HERE to not only see it in full, but I also share the steps of how I achieved it so you can too. Here it is in summation:

Before and After of Faux Wood Garage Door with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Boring before, but oh-so-good after, isn’t it?

Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Here it is 3 years to the day since I first worked on my garage door

Faux Wood Garage Door Update by Prodigal Pieces |

Looks like new, and going strong. I haven’t done anything to it in any way to touch it up or enhance it. It has held up so well and I am impressed. It is a south-facing door and gets blasted with our below zero temps in winter and near hundred degree temps in summer. WAHOO!!! (psst! I even got those benches from curbside shopping!)

3 Year Update on Faux Wood Garage Door - Still Lookin' Good! | Prodigal Pieces |

The only thing I noticed was around one window it looks like the plastic had shrunk or something so my door original is peeking through, but that is it! (fist pump action going on)

Close-up Faux Wood Garage Door Window | Prodigal Pieces |

You still wouldn’t believe the number of rubber-neckers we get and people who stop to ask how I did it. I am so utterly glad I tried and took a chance.

Won’t you pin and share so others can get that high-end look for less? Then, I have another goodie for you.

Faux Wood Garage Door 3 Year Update - Still Lookin' Good! | DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Now for my other tip on how to refresh old wood. For ages I have had on my “desire” list a set of old theater/church seats. So you can imagine my utmost excitement when I found this pair on our local Craigslist that had just been listed.

Old Theatre Seats Before | Refresh Old Wood by Prodigal Pieces |

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I squealed like a child (ahem) and hurriedly called to inquire. You may be asking, “Why do you want them?” Because they’re rare, they’re cool, and create unique entry (or anywhere) seating. I’m all about different. tee hee.

Good news is that they were super-affordable. Somewhat bad news is that they were used as a dog chew toy. I got to meet the two offenders – they were gentle giants, and why the owner decided to sell the seats before they got more damaged.

Not only had the wood been chewed up, but also were so absolutely parched. The wood was brittle and flaking in many spots since it was made out of layered wood. I wanted to halt that deterioration immediately.

I don’t use paint or stain with this type of problem, but my favorite tool to refresh old wood is boiled linseed oil (or tung oil or even hemp oil). This time I used linseed oil and demonstrate how easy it is to see the gorgeous wood come to life as shown below.

Old Theater Seats Revived with Easy Treatment to Refresh Old Wood | Prodigal Pieces |

Isn’t it amaaazing?! It keeps some of the wear showing for a gorgeous patina, but absolutely refreshes the wood without altering it.

Top View of Refreshed Old Wood on Theater Seats | Prodigal Pieces |

As you may have guessed, this isn’t a new thing to me. I also rescued my antique pew that also had been a chew toy and left for dead outside in the mud. I tell all on my post over here. In addition to the pew, I have also used this same technique on a several furniture and craft projects.

This isn’t their forever spot in my home, but when we get our remodel done they will find their place. Until then, here they are…

Antique Theater Church Seats with Refreshed Wood Technique by Prodigal Pieces |

Not only are they wonderful because they fold up, but they offer storage in the back where hymnals or accessories used to be. The best part is how they showcase rustic charm.

Antique Theater Seats in Home Decor | Refresh old wood with one simple method by Prodigal Pieces |

Oh, and if you love that chalkboard rack above them, you can find that available in my shop, (SOLD) and I should be restocking some more of those wire locker baskets. They sell out fast!

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Rustic Farmhouse Chalkboard with Antique Theater Seats by Prodigal Pieces |

You can bet I will certainly have fun playing with these beauties. Now if only I could get my house done. One day!

Do pin and share this trick on how to refresh old wood so others can be inspired to think inside the “for-the-love-of-wood” box.  😉

How to Refresh Old Wood with One Ingredient by Prodigal Pieces |

Later on this week I will be introducing you to a new tool that I’ve added to my arsenal that will make one of you happy!! Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to get update in your inbox (see sidebar or bottom of post)

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More ways to refresh old wood:

How to Use Linseed Oil to Revive Weathered and Worn Wood by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comRevitalizing Old Wood with One Easy DIY Method - Stain by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Patty

    I love what you did to your garage doors. Now all I need is a garage!

    September 27, 2016 at 11:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That would help!! 😀 You can do this to your exterior entry doors as well. Works wonders!

      September 27, 2016 at 5:44 pm Reply
  • Lynne

    I love the garage door buthow did youdo it…where is the tutorial ????? Love love love it!!!!!

    September 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Lynne, it’s in the first section of the post if you click on HERE. It will tell you how to do it. 😉 Thanks!!

      September 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Tracy Skrasek

    Love the refreshing of old wood. Now I need help with an old dining set that has a clear coat but needs help. What are your suggestions?

    September 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Feel free to contact me using the form at the top of the page and I’ll try to help. 🙂

      September 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Patty

    Wow! I love the garage door, it really looks like wood and I love the pew chairs they look beautiful.

    September 27, 2016 at 1:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Patty!

      September 27, 2016 at 5:42 pm Reply
  • freidia Martindale

    Just love me some Linseed Oil!
    Love your chairs and am in love with the garage door!

    Happy Fall!

    September 27, 2016 at 8:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic!! Back at ya, Freidia. 🙂

      September 29, 2016 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Jaime

    The transformation of the garage door is amazing… and I’m thrilled it’s held up so well after three years! Beautiful, Larissa!

    September 28, 2016 at 11:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Jaime. 🙂

      September 29, 2016 at 7:55 am Reply
  • betty lou

    I have an old pew that needs some linseed oil lovin’. Thanks for sharing!!

    September 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm Reply
  • Ann

    What color of paint did you do around your garage too? That is my favorite color, and how great to know I can get the look of wood with paint. I will definitely try this.

    November 24, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Do you mean my house color? It is my custom mix. I’m happy to hear you like it!

      November 25, 2016 at 9:09 am Reply
  • Maxine Busbee

    Could you tell me how many days it took you to complete the garage door project?

    August 22, 2018 at 12:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sure. It took two days.

      August 22, 2018 at 9:20 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Hi Larissa, Wow, what an amazing job you did to this garage door. did anyone in the neighborhood offer to pay you to paint their garage door? it looks awesome.

    May 21, 2019 at 9:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Some did ask, but I just don’t have much time. This was a few years ago, but I always get questions/comments on how they love the look. Thanks!

      May 21, 2019 at 9:50 am Reply

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