Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Progress Report, Day 2

I spent many hours today stripping paint in the stairway. I continued to work my way around the newell and then started up the second side. Then, this evening, Jeff joined me for a couple hours to work on the higher portions. (Thanks Jeff!)
Paint Stripping Progress - Day 2
While Jeff was using the heat gun, I started working with the chemicals. I focused my energy on experimenting with removing paint between the balusters. Unfortunately, the only scraping tools that fit in between the balusters are dental tools, so this is going to take a while . . .

The grain on this wood is very fine. It would be a tragedy to lose any of it. This piece of wood is only about a half-inch thick; I'm counting 19 growth rings.


  1. Love. Your blog. We have a 1920s cape cod. Much more plain but still cute. It's been a love hate thing and we finally gave up on restoration, but I'm glad to see your progress on what's already a beautiful home! Keep up the good work!

  2. Love your staircase! Just yesterday I was talking to the carpenter who is hanging our doors about doing our stairs and yours is very similar to what I envisioned. Don't envy your stripping job; I'm having a hard-enough time staining miles of bare wood! Good luck!