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Merry Christmas!!!

24 Dec

front door Christmas 2012

Done door

28 Jul

Well, I finished the kitchen door. Yay! Or yay. It looks MUCH better than it did, and when I have the top two panes of plexiglass replaced with glass-glass, it will look even better (I couldn’t scrape my overpainting off the plexiglass without scratching it all up, so I figured I’d just wait until the glass guys come — next week — and put in real glass).

The Yellow Magnolia color was yellower in person than on the chip, so I added some gray-green paint that I had hanging around and that made it more of what I was looking for (which, apparently, was something very close to the color of my bedroom doors).

I polished up the doorknobs, and found some brass doorplates on ebay, and the door looks tons better. The mortise lock is not properly attached — I think it was previously held in place by paint. So I’m going to try to find longer screws for it.

The best thing about this is that I get to cross it off my list of things to do this summer — and there are only a few little tiny things left to be done by moi. The rest (electrical, stripey hallway papering, exterior canopy repair and painting) are things beyond my skill level and that I’m waiting for pros to do. All I have left are a few tiny painting projects, and then I’ll be done for the summer. Woo freakin hoo!

The door:

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Door progress

25 Jul

I got a random orbital sander (an el cheap-o number from Harbor Freight Tools) and sanded the door down. Then gave it a good coat of grey primer (had it hanging around). I decided to use a golden marigold or some such color (don’t remember the precise name) from the MS collection at HD. I put one coat on just now — I got exterior semi-gloss enamel. I was wishing for a chartreuse and the color (at one wet coat) is yellower than I wanted. I’ll see after a couple of coats and when it’s dry, but I may have to add some green to it (I have plenty to choose from) and make a custom color.

It looks better than it did.

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More on door (or more off door)

22 Jul

I finished using the heat gun on the exterior of the door today and started the interior, but need to just sand both sides now. I’m going to have to pick up a new small sander (with dust bag) and do the sanding this week. Hope to be able to get the glass changed one day this week, too.

I also polished (and boiled) the lovely brass doorknobs. I got these at a flea market several years ago and had never given them a proper polish, so now they’re lovely and shiny. Will lacquer them up before re-install. The rosettes are toast, though, so I’ll see what I can find online to replace those.

I’m thinking a chartreuse color for the door.

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Stripping the kitchen door

21 Jul

One of the last remaining projects on my list for this summer is to strip the awful old paint off the inside and outside of my kitchen door, get the two plexiglass panels replaced with real glass, give it a good sanding, and paint it up. Today was famous paint stripping weather, so I got started.

My tried and true stripping process is: Step One: use the heat gun and get as much off as possible. Step Two: go over the goopy old varnished bits again with the paint gun. Step Three: use a power sander. Step Four: use chemical peeler to get off anything that remains IF you’re going to stain it. If you’re going to paint it, skip step four and go straight to patching (if you’re fancy) and painting.

So today I did Step One on the bottom 3/4 of the exterior side of the door (opted to keep it on the hinges so I can lock up at night). You’ll note wide swaths of leaden blue that remain. They are one with the door and will be basically invisible when the door is painted. No need to get hung up on getting smooth bits off when the object is to repaint the door.

Oftentimes people wonder, “what do they mean when they say look for ‘laddering’ to determine if you have lead paint?” Please examine exhibit A for some fine examples of laddered old lead paint. I’ve been using the gun without a mask, because I believe that lead dust only effects babies. My last remaining brain cell may disagree.

Voila’: Hope to finish the gun portion of both sides tomorrow. My sander died when I did the pocket doors last summer, so have to get a new one before I can get to Step Three.

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28 May

Here’s my new true blue stoop!

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It took one weekend to fill the cracks and put on two coats of Drylok oil-based masonry paint with portland cement. This stuff was heaaaavy on the brush (due to the cement, natch) and stunk to high heaven, but it’s promised to keep things dry over there. Fingers crossed.

It took another weekend (this one, Memorial Day weekend) to paint the doors and the stoop. It might have gone faster if I hadn’t stopped to chat with everybody and their brother (and their dogs) that stopped by. As one friend said, “you’re never alone when you’re painting your stoop.” True dat. I love chatting so I had a great time shooting the breeze with everyone.

Total cost: $215 (plus 16 32 [math is hard!] hours of my labor)  

  • 2 gallons Drylok oil-based with cement: $60 (have a smidgen left over)
  • miscellaneous foam, caulk, patch stuff: $15 (have a lot left over)
  • one brush: $10 (will last a few more years at least)
  • 2 gallons Behr exterior paint/primer combo: $60
  • 4 quarts Behr exterior paint/primer combo: $70

Paint colors: Martha Stewart’s Azurite (main darker blue), Darkening Sky (lighter blue on trim) and Tailor’s Chalk (to be seen on canopy)

I LOVE the way it came out. It REALLY stands out from the others (now I can just say, come to the blue door to my guests). Nearly everyone who passed by said how great they thought it looked. Not everyone, but nearly everyone. 🙂

Dark Shadows Door Bell

2 Apr

Now that I’ve lived here for ten years, I figured I’d get a doorbell. When I first moved in, I did have one — a wireless one. My next door neighbor had the same model, and we always got each other’s rings. So I took it down and figured people would knock, Skunkie the dog would bark, and I’d hear ’em. That worked pretty well. Trixie is less of a barker, so I’ve missed a few people who have knocked when I’ve been out of earshot.

I got this spiffy wireless model “with chimes” at the Home Depot yesterday. It has two different rings for two bells — so one is at the bottom door and one at the top, and then I know where the person is by the chime.

It takes D batteries, and the only ones I had in the house were old. Like I moved them here old. Probably 15 years old. They still have a little juice in them, so the doorbell works, but it sounds like something out of Dark Shadows. It’s kind of groovy.

I had already installed the multi-chime buzzer and didn’t have an assistant for this recording session, so I’ve recorded — for your listening pleasure — the single chime pressed a few times. Cat screaming in the background is a bonus track.

DRAT — I can’t upload sound on my freegan version of WordPress. Oh well, you’ll just have to imagine how it sounds — or come and visit!