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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Renovating A French Door

I had the recent opportunity to renovate a French door. It is from my own home, one that my brother gave to me when he replaced it with something else at a house he owned for a while. It was a Craftsman Style home that is about 100 years old or older. The glass had been painted over at some point, probably to be used for a private room. I did pull out a couple of obstructive nails where curtains might've hung.

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It took about two quarts of orange stripping gel. I removed about three different colors of paint, and it took a total of about twenty hours.

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2 comments:

Tara said...

That door is gorgeous. Love the grain.

Andrew Kottenstette said...

Thanks, Tara. It had like black paint, then yellow paint, and then white paint over it. I may have to bleach it with Oxalic acid to get both sides the same, but maybe I'll leave the dark side alone.

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