Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Refinishing Antique Doors - A How To : Part 1 of 2 : Supplies, Safety and Stripping

First of all, let me say it is hard to believe all the destruction the past 18 hours have brought the northeastern region of our country. All the way from Georgia, we are certainly sending our thoughts and keeping our ears open for ways that we can help. To those of you afflicted, I hope you are safe and dry and that your power will be returned shortly.

We're moving along with the renovation of our 1940's house and a big part of that process has been restoring all of the original doors and their hardware. Let me tell you - the restoration process is time consuming and full of nasty chemicals, but when you see the doors in all their original splendor - all of the hard work is oh - so - worth it. Whether you want to restore a piece of painted furniture or are reviving antique doors like I am, you can follow along with my 2 part video series as I take you through the whole process.

Truthfully, none of it takes much skill, just dedication and some serious safety precautions. After all, refinishing an antique painted wood piece means you may be dealing with paint containing *lead* and you will definitely be dealing with the stripper itself. Nasty stuff.

Oh and saw horses, you'll need those, too!

True story - the soles of the shoes I wore to refinish my first 3 doors disintegrated as a result of contact with the paint stripper. Now, imagine what that stuff could do to your skin or lungs! Not pleasant.

Luckily, 3M makes some great safety products and I have used them to protect myself as I refinished each of my doors. When you go to your local hardware store to pick up the items you'll need to refinish your piece, 3M's products will be right there. Who doesn't love convenience.

If you're like me - you may even find some enjoyment in scraping away all those layers of paint.

Get your project started by watching today's video -

Refinishing Antique Doors - A How To : Part 1 : Supplies, Safety and Stripping
  • Necessary Supplies and Tools
  • Safety Precautions
  • Applying Paint Stripper
  • Prepping Your Surface For Sanding and Painting

Refinishing Antique Doors - A How To : Part 1 of 2 : Supplies, Safety and Stripping from Claire Watkins on Vimeo.
Check back next week and we'll finish up the process with Refinishing Antique Doors - A How To : Part 2 of 2 :Sanding and Painting!

This post is a sponsored collaboration with 3M DIY. To enter to win free samples for your next DIY project, visit 3MDIY.com


Margaret said...

very informative

anonymous said...

You can't just rub the lead paint tester on the topmost layer of paint and think you're okay, you have to carefully scrape away individual layers of paint down bare wood so that the test samples each layer. No lead paint has been sold since 1978 so there are probably many layers covering any lead paint on old woodwork.

Sue said...

Love Klean Strip. Good to know about the lead paint checker. I always use those 3M gloves. Thanks for the video.

JessieMonty said...

Looking good Claire! Can't wait to see how it finishes up!

Benjamin Gaines said...

Claire you made that look way too easy. How many times did you have to repeat the process? I can't wait to see part two. Oh and thanks for lead testing info, I had no idea such a product existed.


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