Lennis took a look, and said we can do it. First, the door.
It has been a long time since I've refinished anything. Let's just say...
A front door never, and once I began stripping away the layers I soon realized this was going to be the project of projects. I'm guesstimating at least twenty layers of paint on this old door! I've never removed this many layers. It's as though they just keep on coming. Painstakingly slow and not much progress, even though I'm working on it every day in between soap manufacturing.
I am in awe on how you start into such a project and the stories begin to unravel.
I keep envisioning what it will look like when the paint is gone and the beautiful oak showcases the beautiful brass hardware. That's my inspiration. I'll have to be honest and say, since it's such an old door, it may be somewhat of a disappointment once it's all stripped. I've already noticed there's been some patching in areas. I'm hoping there's no more. It's hard to cover patching. It will show through some. However, it's an original, and I believe that stands for something.
That picture is about two hours into it. The next picture is several hours into it. Not much progress. Once I get to the brown reddish color, I'm going to sand.
So you carefully paint on the stripper and allow it to sit for the required time, and then much needed elbow grease to chip away all those layers. Slow going, but I kind of have a method developing as I go.
We're going to lay new tile, paint and add new lighting to the small 5 x 5 entry.
I started it, I'm finishing it!
That's the spirit!