Paint Removal, Wall and Trim

As predicted, it rained most of this weekend. A good time to get more work done inside, and we always have work to do inside. Noel spent a fair amount of time with the heat gun stripping more wood. He's going to use the Peel-Away to do the curly bits of trim, but the heat gun can't be beat for the big flat areas.

Stripping paint from the trim

He made pretty good progress, considering he was doing this in between running off for other things all weekend.

Washing the walls up the stair

In between visitors coming to see the chicks, I pulled out scrapers, sponges, and buckets, and got back to work on the old paint on the walls. I got the stuff scraped off as high as I could reach all the way up the stairs.

Washing the wall in the upstairs hall

And on the small section of wall in the upstairs hall.

Next up is using the scaffolding to work higher up. We got two pieces of scaffolding so we can stack them up and get all the way to the ceiling in the stairwell, but with it set up we won't be able to get up or down the stairs, so we'll have to knock it down to go to bed, for example. That doesn't make working on weeknights very convenient.

posted by ayse on 03/25/12


Convenient? No. Hecka safer and easier than trying to use a ladder? Yes.

I barely recognize the front door without it slathered in pink.

Yeah, now that we have the scaffolding there is no way I'm even considering using the ladder for any of the higher stuff.

The whole hallway gives me a sort of cognitive dissonance these days, it looks so different.

Looking at that door again I wonder if it might have been a combination of stain or shellac and brown oil paint originally, especially as you said it seems to be part oak and part pine. The panels might even have been faux grained at some point. I've even seen doors with rails and stiles grained to mimic quarter-sawn oak and the panels grained to look like some kind of burl wood.

I even managed to find a picture, it doesn't show much though.

This house pre-dates the quarter-sawn oak fad in this area by a couple of decades. The rest of the wood in the house was just painted dark even brown to cover the grain. I'd guess they went with oak on the frame parts for strength, since the pine in other parts of the woodwork has had the heck beaten out of it.

The chance that any of this wood was originally meant to appear as wood is very slim. San Francisco was several decades behind that trend, and this is a relatively early house for here.

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