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My front door? Painted. Boo-yah, take that 50 years of paint.
Anna's Secret Magical Recipe for Paint Stripping Success:
- Citristrip (yes, I'm still a fan -- it smelled orangey and I didn't have to evacuate the house or take my door off its hinges and move it to the garage. That spells win.)
- Plastic wrap -- this kept the stripper's moisture in and made a big difference.
- Plastic putty knife -- I could really scrape at odd angles and dig in without gouging the wood.
- Metal putty knife -- still helpful for totally flat scraping of any stubborn bits (there were a few).
- Small wire brushes -- a friend from college suggested these (thanks, Shawn!) and they saved my life when it came time to work in the detailed trim regions. I bought a pack of three at Lowe's, saved them for when I needed them and soaked them in warm water to help get rid of the messy paint.
After scraping all the paint off I went back over it and scrubbed the remaining residue off with hot water and some cleaner. I didn't get it down to the bare wood but it was one level up and it was flat and smooth and perfect for what I wanted to do!
I primed and painted that sucker before I lost my door mojo. Then I got excited at the progress and added some trim around the doors.
My front door has been without trim for years (I mean years in the literal sense. Years, people!! I get distracted so easily.) so I've been spending the last day or two just standing in my entry, looking at it and smiling. I can almost convince myself that the entry is almost done... I mean, it looks so much better already... even without caulk and paint on the trim. Or baseboard. Okay, I may have been getting ahead of myself there. I've got plenty of work to do still.
On a side note, tomorrow I take Maggie back into the vet to get her stitches removed. I didn't really talk about it but she had a massive tumor on the outside of her cheek that we had removed a couple weeks ago. It was really bothering her and we still don't know if it was benign or if she's more seriously ill.
She may be a giant PITA but that doesn't mean she has permission to get cancer -- so I'd love your healthy puppy thoughts.