I’ve been stripping doors again.
That’s right — less than one year after I found myself in the fetal position, crying and swearing that I would never again strip another door, I have somehow managed to strip and refinish the doors in The Boom Boom Room. And that means that today’s rock-and-roll inspiration comes from The Allman Brothers.
Because lord, I just can’t refinish another door.
I bet you thought I was going to make a reference to The Doors right there, didn’t you? Too easy.
But seriously…there were so many times during this 3-month-long process when I was looking for a way out. Three. Months. Of heat guns. And wood filler. And sandpaper. And finding other projects to help me avoid heat guns and wood filler and sandpaper.
All because I couldn’t bear the thought of adding a 17th coat of paint to these doors.
Another coat of paint wouldn’t fix this, amiright? And I couldn’t afford to pay someone else to do the dirty work. So from the very beginning, once I made the decision to paint The Boom Boom Room, there really was only one way out.
Stripping got me into this mess, and stripping would get me out.
This post, of course, is not a how-to. Because I did it all wrong, and I’m sure there would be about a billion liability issues if you decided to claim that I told you “how to” strip a door. So I will not tell you how to strip a door.
But that doesn’t mean someone else can’t.
This post from Daniel at Manhattan Nest perfectly captures my method of flagrantly disregarding my own personal safety and well-being, all in the name of Renovation. I thought it was a secret method, but apparently I’m not the only one who knows about it. We should form some sort of club where we’ll all meet and exchange stories about the dumbest DIY thing we’ve ever done, then die horrible toxic deaths.
The worst part about about stripping woodwork this way, aside from the horrible toxic death part, is that it is EXTREMELY time consuming. I’ve been working on this since September. And I’m worried. Not because of the horrible toxic death that is surely coming my way, but because these two doors are only the 7th and 8th doors that I’ve stripped and repainted so far. And there are 18 doors in my house. It’s taken me 8 years to get this far. Which means, at this rate, I’ll be all out of doors to recondition by the year 2038. Then what will I do with all my spare time?
I suppose I shouldn’t worry about that yet. I’ll probably have died a horrible, toxic death by then, anyway. Damn, and it’ll be right after the mortgage is paid off, too.
Originally, when I started this project, my plan was to strip and refinish the doors and casing. Then I was going to strip and refinish and reglaze the windows. Plus the baseboards needed a light sanding and a fresh coat of paint.
Approximately 11 weeks later, the doors have been stripped and refinished, parts of the windows have one new coat of paint, reglazing seems a like a lot of work when they make replacement windows, and I have decided that since the casings and baseboards are already white, it really doesn’t matter if they’re not the same white as the doors.
Who’s going to notice, anyway? It’s not like I show pictures of my half-assed projects to thousands of people every couple of weeks.