Tag Archives: paint removal

Door sanded and re-hung

5 Aug

Rain was threatening just as I finished sanding the door outside (turned out to be an idle threat), so neighbor Jim (husband of Liz, of wallpaper and bat removal fame) came over and helped me trot the door inside, upstairs, and onto the spindley hinge dealies.

Here it is, waiting for just a tad more sanding and the stain and linseed oil or polyuerethane that will seal it. That will happen tomorrow. And then…. I’ll be done (except for the effing grout removal).

I can’t help but notice how grungy and grimy the hallway looks now that EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE HAS BEEN RENOVATED!!! woo hoo!

I “just” need to put in a new roof and then I can do the halls.

Demonic possession

26 Apr

So there I was, happily finishing the first round of sanding the beadboard in my bathroom… ready to clean things up, put things away for a bit, and live a life free of power tools and lead-filled dust. And then I thought I’d have a go at the window sill. The paint was so lumpy, I thought to myself, “Self, just take the paint off the sill. It will look so nice without those lumps.” So I did.

Then I looked at the window itself and thought, “Self, that paint is in bad shape. Let’s see what the wood’s like underneath it.” So I did.

Then, as if possessed by a devil — or possibly with my brain function greatly diminished by intense lead paint poisoning — my hand and the heat gun in it made its way over to the window frame. Oh yes, I thought to myself, “Self — don’t bleeepin’ do it! It’s too much work! STOP!” But…. I did it.

So now I’m committed to removing all the paint around the window, which will likely lead to the same around the real door and the door to nowhere. Why didn’t I leave well enough alone? I blame some sort of devil. Blasted devil!

But the wood will look LOVELY once it’s all sanded and repainted. I found detail I never knew existed under all those layers of paint.

Project without end.

More wood photos

19 Apr

It was very easy to remove the radiator — just two twists with the trusty plumbing wrench. I had hoped to finish the wood stripping and sanding this weekend, but the peel away in the grooves is still to wet to sand, so maybe tomorrow.

The wood looks fabulous. I think there is more of this wide beadboard behind some narrower beadboard behind the sink. If so, I’ll be curious to see if it’s in good condition. Fingers crossed….

The plan is going according to plan!

17 Apr

Ha! as the Car Talk guys say. I had a workman in today who said I could indeed move the mysterious slab of beadboard that was installed in the doorway to nowhere and use it to replace the junky wall and patch up some beadboard gaps.

This workman happens to be a fellow I met though Craigslist (I have a great love of CL — I’m working five part-time jobs at the mo’ ALL of which I found on CL). He was selling an antique brass bridge mixer faucet, 11 3/4″ spread, for which I had been searching high und low, and I picked it up quite happily at his house. As we were chatting, it came out that he was working for a contractor and was laid off but doing jobs on the side. He and his family live in an old house and I saw that he’d done a lot of work around the place himself, so I asked him to give me a quote on my bathroom job (with his old faucet). Luckily for him, he’s found a job (a good sign for the rest of us, I hope), but is still doing side jobs. So he measured things up today and is going to get back to me with a quote.

I have the last batch of Peel Away 7 doing its magic on the mysterious beadboard in the doorway to nowhere right now. I hope to finish the sanding tomorrow and lay on some linseed oil and MOP THE FLOOR — it’s soooooo gross on that floor right now.

I took some photos, but my phone (which is currently serving as my camera) needs charging before I post them. I’m so glad I can have the real wood glow in there. 🙂

How to remove paint from beadboard

16 Mar

When I moved in in 2002, every surface in my house was painted either white or brown. I’m a big fan of color, natural wood, and wallpaper, so I’ve been un-whitening things as I’ve gone along.

I’m a victim of the Great Depression 2.0 recession, and have been looking for low-to-no cost projects to occupy my time.

So I figured I’d see what was under the bead board in the bathroom. There are at least a dozen layers of paint on those bad beadboard boys. I’m probably going to gain a square foot of space when it’s all off.

I started with PeelAway 7, a great product for up to say five coats. But no match for my situation. So yesterday I fished out my trusty heat gun (several years ago I bought the cheapest one for sale at Rocky’s — it probably cost no more than $30.00 and works great) and a scraper and had at it.

Heat gun first is DEFINITELY the way to go if you have many many layers of paint and varnish. I’m going to assess the overall condition of the wood (so far, it looks great, except for white plugs that appear to be filled with plaster spaced at regular intervals along the top. Not sure what those are all about). If the wood is in good nick all around, I’ll re-apply some PeelAway, finish up with a good sanding, and treat and protect the wood. If the wood is awful in places, I’ll just give a quick sand and paint it all.

I’m not sure what to do about the gaping portal to the netherworld that I felt compelled to un-cover. I’m hoping to find a few spare pieces of beadboard that I can liberate from somewhere else and pop into the void.