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Finally Door number Three…

Restoring door #3 via glassslipperrestorations.com

Oh my gosh, I thought I’d never get done with this door! I gotta tell ya, this is not the way you should do this project.

First I took a long look at this thing and knowing what a job it was to strip the old paint off, I really didn’t want to do it. So I procrastinated a little but I knew I had to strip it, the finish was just sooo awful!

Sorry, my pictures are not that great, I was working in the shade with overcast skies. I tried to get shots of the bumpy “crocodile like” texture but the pictures really don’t do it justice.

Crocodile textured door via glassslipperrestorations.com

Bumpy textured paint via glassslipperrestorations.com

Now the good thing was that the finish was only like this on one side, the other side seemed like it may have only had a light layer of primer on it.


I dug around in my paint supplies cabinet and found this container of Peel Away, it was only about a third full, and I thought back when I used this before, probably 10 years ago, and I remembered it didn’t work so well, then I found this half full jug of Tuff Job Remover and remembered this stuff worked really well.

But I didn’t want to just throw the Peel Away away, after all, I saved it all these years, I might as well give it another try, so I decided to use what was left of it first and then I had the Tuff stuff as a back up if need be.

Well, I probably should have thrown it away because it still didn’t work well. The directions made it sound so easy, just apply it, cover it, wait 20 minutes and peel it away! Nope, that is not how it worked for me.

Maybe there is a special technique which I do not possess or it could have been the heat and humidity, but this is how it went.

I first applied a thick layer using all of the remaining goo in the container, I applied it only on the places of the door where it had the “crocodile” texture but while trying to lay the paper cover on, it became very windy and I thought it was going to rain, so I struggled to get the paper on and I could tell it wasn’t sticking to the goo because the goo was already drying, the heat and wind not helping, I ended up running to the back of the shed where I knew we had some rocks and used them to hold down the paper.

using peel away paint stripper via glassslipperrestorations.com

I then waited 20 minutes and lifted the paper and I had now successfully turned the “crocodile” into an “alligator”,

Aligator textured door via glassslipperrestorations.com

the goo dried on very hard and did not peel away with the paper like it said it was supposed to. Holy Crapola! I tried to scrape it off, using a plastic scraper so as not to  damage the wood but nope, it was not budging, so I  switched to a metal scraper and after a lot of elbow grease with little success,

Scrapping off stripper via glassslipperrestorations.com

dried on stripper via glassslipperrestorations.com

I decided to spray some water on it to moisten the dried on goo and it worked, Yee Haw! Now I was able to scrape it off easily, but what a mess!

watered down dried paint stripper via glassslipperrestorations.com

Your probably thinking I’m crazy for soaking the wood door with water, I was a little desperate at this point, and I only let it soak for just a few minutes.

All I know is, this idea worked! After I scraped all the stripper and as much paint as I could, I let it dry for several days before sanding.

Sanding door via glassslipperrestorations.com

First I sanded it with 80 grit paper and then sanded it again with 100 grit paper, I also hand scraped and sanded all the recessed areas. I had enough of the stripper at this point,

I chose not to use the back up stripper, saving it for another job.

I will not try that again!

Anyways, I was successful at getting the door painted and the finish now is as smooth as a babies butt!

This is how I paint a door, hope you can see well enough, because the door is all white, I know it can be difficult.

Hint, look for the shiny wet areas compared to the dull dry ones.

So I then cleaned the door well of all dust and primed it, sanded and cleaned again,

Door primed via glassslipperrestorations.com

next, I always paint the four recessed panels first,

painted recessed panels of door via glassslipperrestorations.com

and the mullions (the center vertical areas) next,

painted mullions on door via glassslipperrestorations.com

then the lock rail (the middle horizontal area),

painted lock stile via glassslipperrestorations.com

and the top and bottom rails (the top and bottom horizontal areas),

painted top and bottom rails via glassslipperrestorations.com

then I paint the lock and hinge stiles last (the long outer vertical areas)

painted lock and hinge stiles via glassslipperrestorations.com

I do feel that I am a bona-fide wood painting pro by now since I painted all the woodwork in the Bathroom, the Kitchen, and the Dining Room, which includes 23 windows and 8 doors to date.

So I decided to share a few tips with you maybe they will come in handy for your next wood painting project!

My tips for painting wood with a brush without leaving brush stroke marks…

1. Always buy the best brush you can afford, I prefer Purdy

2. Always paint in one direction, with the wood grain

3. Keep your brush strokes wet and long, turn off ceiling fans etc.

4. Have a clean bucket of water and a cloth available to clean up any small debris that may be in the paint

5. Work quickly to prevent dry brush marks

6. Always sand, and clean dust in between each coat, I always paint two coats

Follow these tips and you too will have a finish that is as smooth as a babies butt!

Completed door number three via glassslipperrestorations.com

Finally Door number Three…DONE!

getting closer to checking the doors off our list, only one more to go!

Sharing with these sweet ladies;

Deborah@Green Willow Pond, Kim@Savvy Southern Style, Judy@DIY by Design, Angie@Knick of Time Interiors, Debra@Common Ground, Roeshel@DIY Showoff, Andrea@The Cottage Market

Pamela@From my Front Porch to Yours, Courtney@French Country Cottage, Karen@Redoux Interiors, Gail@My Repurposed Life, Kathryn@The Dedicated House, Suzanne@Pieced Pastimes, Vanessa@Nifty Thrifty Things

  • tam October 18, 2013, 8:14 pm

    Wow! I have been in many desperate remodeling situations and I would have soaked the door too! Turned out great!
    tam@ spinstersnacks.com

  • Cindy October 19, 2013, 8:26 am

    Ha! I’ve had my share of mistakes in the past,(before the blog) this is the first one I have documented. Yes, Gary and I could tell you some stories, that’s for sure. I’m sure it won’t be the last. Thanks for commenting Tam, it’s nice to know someone is reading this stuff.;)

  • Jill Steffen October 19, 2013, 10:42 pm

    You made me tired just lookin at all the time you put in this door to make it look so beautiful! What a job that door was for you, but sure was well worth it. Once again you’ve made something look beautiful! I love it Cindy! You’re amazing.

    • Cindy October 20, 2013, 5:44 pm

      Thank you Jill, love your support!

  • Bobby October 22, 2013, 11:15 am

    You are proof that hard work can turn a not so good looking door into a great work of art. Great job you did, I commend you. Like the paint brushes you use, it looks Purdy.

    • Cindy October 23, 2013, 7:19 pm

      Haha! Thanks Bobby, what a awesome comment?You know those brushes have been with me sooo long, today we were at Home Depot and noticed they no longer sell them, guess if and when I need to replace them, I will have to settle for the new brand. They have definitely been worth the price!

  • Meaghan January 28, 2014, 6:57 pm

    Wow! Beautiful door! It looks fantastic, I wish they still made doors with character like that. Fabulous! Thanks for checking out my bloggy. 🙂

    • Cindy January 28, 2014, 8:00 pm

      Thanks Meaghan, yes it’s a shame they just don’t make um like they used to.Thanks for stopping by!

  • Deborah January 29, 2014, 10:50 pm

    Ugh! The worst part of painting is the stripping! I like a product called Citristrip. It’s noncaustic, smells like oranges and really works (at least on most jobs I’ve done). Your door turned out beautifully. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

    • Cindy January 29, 2014, 10:54 pm

      I have seen this product and will try it on my next strip job. Thanks for the tip 😉

  • camille davis February 10, 2014, 11:26 pm

    looks so good.. I had a similar issue not too long ago I hate stripping.. and Im actually looking at getting an old wood door tomorrow lol. It’s not painted just stained and finished so I will have to sand it all down to re-stain.. not looking forward to it but the finish always makes you feel like it was worth it… or maybe thats all the fumes.. lol.. anyways great job. Found you on diyshow off. Would love for you to check out my blog also! http://www.imperfectlyimaginable.blogspot.com.

    • Cindy February 11, 2014, 3:25 pm

      Thank you Camille, good luck and have fun with your door ;), it is worth it! I will visit you soon!

  • Susan February 26, 2014, 6:30 am

    Wow, what a pain! Have you ever tried using a heat gun? I use my Wagner one a lot because I hate using stripper. The gun was only about $35, might be worth trying next time I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised…

    • Cindy February 26, 2014, 9:14 am

      Hi Susan, thanks for dropping by, oh yes, I have tried a heat gun while stripping some trim for the bathroom and I ended up burning up the motor on it, you gotta give them a break every now and then. I just did not want to buy another and tried to use what I had on hand. Thanks for the suggestion, a girl can always use some new ideas to help out. 🙂

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