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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bathroom Door Stripped

Top to bottom: (re)finished door hardware and painted door
mid: Door coming back from the furniture stripper store
bottom : door hardware before clean-up.
The door is back on the bathroom. We have been living with a curtain nailed to the door frame for bathroom shower privacy. A door works much better. Obviously. I began stripping this at home, but with the weather not warm enough for me to do it outside, I was worried I would asphyxiate my family. It was offgassing something fierce, and there was lead paint on it etc etc. So off it went to the furniture stripper/restorer in Bremerton. Once they took off the 9 layers of paint, they repaired it with glue and dowels where it had cracked half way down the door to the knob assembly. The one thing I wanted to document was the colors. Light pink was the first coat. There was a seafoam green, a grungy green, bright blue, layers of versions of white. I saw a brand new version of this door (four panel, inverted cross) at my local Ace Hardware for $140. Yeah, I coulda put a new door on here, but what would be the story material in that? This door, in all it's uneven glory, has stood with the house through all sorts of livin.' When I uncover the bright colors in this house, I want THAT story. There is someone who lived here who was either embracing the hippie era vibrant colors, or someone was trying to make Victorian era decor in a very plain farmhouse. Eventually, I will figure that one out when I track all the previous owners. There was the time the house was locked and barricaded closed from the outside, so it must have been vacant at one point.
Stripping the door hardware was finicky, being that the materials used originally were not high end. That is steel with a finish over it. And black glass door knobs. My fave way of stripping paint off of metal is boiling water, but I read online that if you do this to steel, it will rust up in no time. I am here to document that if you strip it and treat the surface it will do fine. I used bronze metal spray paint, and/or clear lacquer.


Buffy said...

What is your site's new header's picture of? The banner goes over whatever it is. It looks like some gauge in your car.

Nice job on the door.

There was a product recently on one of the shopping networks where you just paint over any kind of surface and with no stripping or priming..walla new cupboards. They showed a before and after photo of the saleslady's kitchen cupboards which she said she did in one weekend and she herself wasn't the type of person to do home decor herself. From the brown wood to white. There were only three or four colors to choose from, but one of them would practically fit any job. It looked great. She didn't remove the doors or hardware. She just painted over it. It was not paint and ad adhered to any surface and they showed how it adhered to metal and some other materials.

Blue Shoe Farm said...

Hey Buffy, the header image is my generators gas guage... which we lived and died by when the power was out. Those monsters suck gas!

Feathers said...

voila. not walla.

Karen Anne said...

The door hardware is beautiful.

Blue Shoe Farm said...

Thanks, Karen Anne!

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