We've been quite satisfied so far with the paint stripper we hired. His name is Jimmy Cookman (503-493-9187) and he works with Pasqualle's (recommended by Bungalowcious). Because we know folks will ask, we are paying him around $9,000 for bringing these large rooms to a stain-ready state. Plus, we are paying out-of-pocket for dipping doors and easily-removed windows, which will probably be another $2000.
So far they've been working for two weeks to do the entryway and the front portion of the living room. Jimmy has lost a crew member, so we think they're moving rather slower than he was originally hoping. Today they got started on the living room ceiling.