We hadn’t paid much attention to the doors as we had bigger fish to fry with this renovation project. We had to move some items around and allow access for works so we had to remove the living room door. Thankfully there was an expert to hand:
The first step was to scrape off the million layers of paint. Ok, maybe 8 or 9 but there was a lot. It took a hammer and a chisel at points. The screws were also uber old and came out rusted. I mean how does a screw get rusted in the door panel? See how deep the paint is? I’ve included two pictures to make sure – Stuart made me take quite a few so you could all share his ‘stuck screw paint problem’.
The good news was that the door was soon off, the bad news is that are 11 or so to go. The secondary reason for us to take the whole door off is that we are getting them all paint stripped. As we’ve mentioned before we believe in getting back to basics before choosing what way to go with design and think that these original doors will come up a treat. We’ve had a few clues as to what they may look like when stripped:
Can you see that paint chip that shows the dark brown? I think that is the original stained paint colour.
Another clue was the door in the hall. It looks like all the others with a single large panel and painted white, but the other side was something quite different:
On the other side there are four panels in dark wood. We reckon that the other doors were covered with plywood panels and painted white. We are willing to right that wrong and get them back to the way they were (excuse the dust in the air – its everywhere!).
We are all about restoring the original features around the house and this one comes at a pretty penny. The estimates we’ve received are from £50 to £100 per door so it doesn’t come cheap. The doors in this house are not standard sized so it would cost a lot more to replace them all. The restored doors should add to the character of the house so we think its worth the price we’ll pay. When we choose a provider we’ll update you as to progress.
The cost per door includes the doors being dipped in paint stripper, all the paint removed, removal of unsightly plaster, filler and nails. After this the doors are sanded and finally washed down with vinegar to enhance the original colour of the wood. When you consider the amount of work done it is well worth it! How about you? Will you go to great lengths to restore character or do you prefer to have something new to add? Anyone else have stories about stripping paint from doors?