Heavy lifting

Scraping my way to satisfaction!

A few blog posts ago, I told you how I HATE painting. Well, it turns out, I LOVE using paint stripper.

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This can of heavy duty acid that burned off little flecks of my skin is (surprisingly) bringing me a lot of satisfaction!

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Since we blew out 5 walls in our rowhouse, we have several old doors just sitting around. These doors are classically beautiful and made out of gorgeous wood. You can’t find doors like these anymore!

There are several coats of paint on each door, so we are stripping them with a heavy duty paint stripper. I poured it on generously and then, in a matter of minutes, PRESTO!

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The paint immediately started cracking. I let it sit for 15 minutes then went at it with a metal scraper.

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Scraping the old paint off and getting down to the original wood was kind of amazing to watch.

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After a few rounds of scraping, I got as close to the original wood as possible.

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It might not seem like much to you, but we’re going to sand the door and then stain it. I’m hoping the finished product will be spectacular!

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Heavy lifting

Holy geez, it BURNS!

I know how to dress for work. (Shout out to one of my favorite people…news anchor legend, Peggy Finnegan)

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Apparently, I do NOT know to dress for DIY home renovations.

Because it’s warm and humid out, I work on the house in shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt, sometimes a tank top.

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That is not a smart choice of clothing when you are working with paint stripper that could burn the hide off a cow.

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I learned this the hard way when a teeny, tiny speck of the paint stripper got on my leg and I screamed like I was being run over by a car.

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Mark said I was overreacting. I don’t think I was and then proceeded to accidentally burn myself several more times. At that point, I had enough and made myself a long skirt out of a garbage bag.

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Even that trashy looking skirt (HA!) wasn’t enough…the paint stripper somehow got through that and burned my ankle.

I was SO OVER IT and made Mark give me his jeans. (He had another pair in the car)

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Thank God they were too big. If not, we would have had another meltdown on our hands. 🙂

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