A century plus of use and abuse have taken there toll on a number of our grand ole doors–there have been locks and door handles and hinges and bars and hooks and tacts (T’s favorite) that have been put on and taken off that a couple of the doors look like some monster alien termites have had their way with them (we don’t have termites–I am just trying to give you an image here). Anyway, the point being that some of these doors will not be savage-able–at least not by us (don’t worry-we aren’t going to throw them away–we will either keep them in the basement or drop them at Eddie’s).
One of the quirky things about this house is that no single door in the entire house is exactly the same in any dimension so even though we plan on closing up some doorways we can’t necessary re-purpose those doors to another portal. Which brought us to Eddie’s Salvage–where we have spent hours on end measuring every door in the place (and if you have been to Eddie’s you know there are a helluva lot of doors). We did find one door at Eddie’s that was pretty close to the dimensions we needed for the garden floor entrance and now fits perfectly thanks to T’s handy new electric planer.
We have been stripping this ole door on and off since December-outside when weather permits (yes it has been cold but with the chimnea going, winter gear on, resperators, goggles and 2 heat guns going–we have managed not to freeze to death) and more recently inside with chemicals–(the details work lends itself better to the chemical method)
Outside with the heat gun
The good news is we have discovered a use for our overpriced silent paint remover–it takes off a couple of layers of paint on the flat large surfaces and makes it faster to use the more traditional heat gun to take off the rest.
Inside with chemicals
Unfortunately-I do not have any before pics of this door but it was the typical, coated with more than enough paint to obliterate any detail.
We plan on painting it the same color as the Parlor entry doors–a deep dark red.
Hope to have more pics soon.