This morning, when the stain was dry, I put the pieces of the front door in place to see what they look like. While the trim on the windows will be painted, often the front door was varnished oak. I really like the way this looks, except what's that demi-lune above the door all about? At first I thought it might be crying out for a leaded glass panel, but I wasn't too excited about having to cut through the wall.
Here's what it looks like with a coat of stain. I couldn't lean it against the wall again because it's wet. I'll paint the space behind the ornament dark brown or black to give the area additional depth.
Good news: While rummaging for the box of adornments, I found another piece of the porch. Not the piece I need to assemble the base, but progress, none the less.