Sunday, August 23, 2015

Last Door!

I have started stripping paint on the last painted door! This is the upstairs bathroom door and since the floor up there is inaccessible, I figured this was as good a time as any to get started stripping paint.
I've been working on this project in short bursts, like an hour or two at a time. I am not going to ruin my hands again; it took 2 weeks for them to heal last time. Also, the forest fires are pretty bad in Oregon so we have an advisory to avoid prolonged outdoor activities.

After about 4 hours in, it got pretty tempting to have this door dipped, but then I remember all the other doors we had dipped came back with the large top panel cracked. Apparently when these doors were made they pieced the wood for the top panel and they come unglued with the soaking. Besides, I would rather spend bathroom budget on tile.

I just keep telling myself I can do this ONE LAST TIME!!


  1. When I stripped all my first floor doors, I used a heat gun first to take the majority of the paint off and then used stripper for the remaining paint.

    It's amazing how much better the doors closed without that thick layer of paint on the edges.

    I still have the upstairs doors to do.

    Bummer about the air quality. I have asthma and smoke set me off big time.

  2. Sounds like you strip doors like I do: heat gun then stripping chemicals. Yes, the one door we ended up repainting (an exterior door) worked much better once we took off the thick layers of paint. Though, later on I wished that we'd finished it with shellac before we painted it (just in case). LOL