Trim / Window casing color vs. Window frame color


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Trim / Window casing color vs. Window frame color

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We are considering buying a home that was built in 1993. We like the house / location, but there are things we would like to update in the house. The house currently has oak trim with more of a brown stain. There are also hollow core doors with the same stain color. One of the items that falls in our budget would be to replace the trim and interior doors (with wood, solid core). I think this would make a huge difference and update the home.

The part that confuses me is the windows. The inside of the window frames are also stained with the brown stain. I don't want to replace windows. Is there anything that can be done to fix this?

Any ideas would be appreciated!
 
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What finish do you envision having? Is the color of the stain the problem or the fact it's stained in the first place?
 
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It's more about the color of the stain. It has a very dated look to it. I'd probably prefer a lighter stain with either an oak or maple trim.
 
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You could strip the finish and stain and start over.

Is there a problem with the wood species as well? Didn't get that idea from your original question.
 
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There is no problem with the wood...It's just about the color.

How big of a job is it to strip the windows? Is this something an average DIY can do?
 
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Oh, yeah - this is DIY.

The more the wood can be taken out of the house, the better because this can be a little messy (and stinky depending on the choice of stripper) but it's definitely something you can do yourself. Once you have the old finish and stain stripped off, you may need to sand a little bit and then you apply any new stain you want and then the finish coat(s).

I like three coats of oil based polyurethane for the finish and that adds a little bit of amber to the wood so I don't always feel the need for a stain in the first place but that's your call.
 
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Thanks for the information!
 
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I would add that generally the more caustic the stripper is, the more effective it is.
How much lighter are you wanting to go? You might get by with leaving the sash and window jamb dark .... curtains and blinds hide most of it anyway.
 
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IMO stripping windows would be a terrible job since they have so many nooks and crannies and corners. (and messy!) Plus there is a good chance that some of the dark stain won't come out which would look horrible under a lighter stain. I'd definitely test a small area that isn't readily visible before going whole hog on it.
 
 

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