Sharon finally got around to finishing the side door...mostly. She ended up putting on three coats of varnish.
We are still messing around trying to clean the mortise lock hardware. The brass under the paint is in poor condition.
We haven't decided if we're going to replate the pieces with new brass, which adds up pretty quickly, or just clean them up and call it good. Or maybe we'll try spray painting it with Krylon metallic brass spray paint, if we can find it at the hardware store, and see how that works.
Sharon also primed the sheetrock to the right of the door and it makes a big difference in making the space look "finished." We'll finish painting the wall when we figure out what color we're painting the basement. Or maybe we'll throw on one of the upstairs colors when we start painting up there later this winter.