|Paint Stripping Progress - Day 1|
I had planned to strip this woodwork next year, but I just kept thinking about how it made a lot more sense to refinish the stairs at the same time as the floors in the upstairs bedrooms. And I'm really not going to be thrilled about tromping through a construction zone next year when we're living upstairs again. So today, on a whim, I got started.
Most of the paint is coming off pretty well. The hardest part is the ½-inch gap between the balusters. None of the paint scrapers are skinny enough to fit in the space. Though, Jeff discovered we could get most of the paint off with the heat gun and our 6-in-1 tool.
It's going to be a challenge to strip this staircase in place. It is possible we'll pull the pieces, strip them and then reinstall them. But I'm terrified we'll break some of the wood and it really is gorgeous old growth douglas fir so that would be a tragedy. Therefore, I'm trying to see if it's possible to strip in place.
I do need to race through this project, though. I have to have all this woodwork finished, the floors refinished, and the rooms furnished by December. Even though it seems like plenty of time, we also have a bunch of other projects outside that need to be finished too (like the gutters).
You are a glutton! But the staircase project will make you smile every time you open the front door.ReplyDelete
Wow! You are still so motivated! It is going to look awesome! Yes, old wood is so brittle, I don't blame you for trying to do it all in placeReplyDelete
Your motivation is amazing! The railings are beautiful - as is all the woodwork in your home. It's inspirational to look at all you've done for that house :)ReplyDelete
You guys are amazing! I'm so impressed by your progress and your energy. Bravo to you guys!ReplyDelete
Your banister is amazing! Very impressive with the amount of work you've done! I can't wait to see it when you've finished it.
You are a tough cookie! I know I would have given up by now, haha.ReplyDelete
Very impressive! I have wanted to do our banister for ages, but my soy stripper takes weeks. I think I need a heat gun as my next tool!ReplyDelete
Might it be possible to use a sanding attachment on a dremmel tool to strip that narrow gap?ReplyDelete
And seconding everything said above: beautiful staircase!!
That's a really good idea to try a dremel tool. I never thought of that. We do have one. I guess I need to try and find it.ReplyDelete
Many kudos to you for stripping so much wood! Your house looks great!ReplyDelete
I've never seen a stair rail like that, not in a Craftsman house, at least. It's unique.ReplyDelete
Mine is the kind with ordinary boring square baluster 5 inches on center variety, and it was fairly easy to pry off the fillets top and bottom and remove them and the balusters for stripping and refinishing. But I can see from the pictures why you would be leery of messing with what you have.
Oh, yes, and I noticed the flush of postings on Pinterest! lolReplyDelete
So, what are you using to get the finish off the stair treads?ReplyDelete
Hi Hugh, while stripping the paint with the paint remover I have found that the chemical does a good job removing the finish from the fir floors. However, we are actually planning to hire a professional to refinish the floors. I don't trust our skill with 100 year old doug fir flooring, which is quite a soft wood. I'd hate to sand too far through it.ReplyDelete