Sometimes DIY is messy, and this is one of those times. When we first moved to this house, I touched up our red front door and made an impulse decision to carry the color onto the inside surface as well. In my haste I didn't prime first, and a couple days later when the paint was already starting to lift and wasn't fully covering even after 4 coats, I realized the existing finish had been oil-based. Oops.
It's a story we've all heard before, but let this be a reminder to all of us DIYers to think before we act. A couple years later and the door was all scratched up and I couldn't put off fixing it any longer, as you can see from this photo taken earlier this month:
Today I bought some Citristrip, a stripper which is safe for inside work and doesn't have the harsh fumes of the really strong chemical versions -- so while it'll take a little longer probably, I've heard good things about this product... so here we go.
After an hour or two I checked it and the paint scraped up nicely... but instead of three or four layers of paint there are like one hundred and three. So I reapplied and we could be here for a while. I can't wait to scrape it out of the details around the window panes -- did I mention that we should think before we act?
I think this definitely falls into the category of "dumb stuff I do," except this time I'm not quite to the place where I'm laughing about it yet! One day... right?