Good morning !
It's Friday - do I hear a Hell Ya ?
I've been working on this job for 8 days straight and am still not finished.
When a client contacted me about painting this door I thought it would be a breeze - a piece of cake - a walk in the park - nothing to it, right?
Wood lovers better AM - SCRAY - just giving you a heads up!
And I'm just going to let you all know that these doors were in pretty rough shape - so no tears shed please!
Anyway the client wanted it white - and this little job turned into one of the most frustrating - tear my hair out jobs I've ever done.
The detail involved with all those panes - were a real pain in the glass.................
Oh my gosh - I just noticed the details on their radiators - amazing -
ok - where was I ?
Oh yeah - I almost lost my mind with this job - these doors are very old - and the bleed through was the most severe I've EVER had to deal with in my life...................I shellacked and shellacked and primed and primed and attempted to use chalk paint - but after using 3/4's of a tin and still not finished one door ( in the end it would have cost a couple of hundred dollars in product alone ) - I switched to BEHR floor paint - I bought the same one as I used on my bedroom floor actually - since that's just about as durable as paint comes. 15 panes of glass on each side - so 30 panes of glass to scrape clean !!! ( including varnish that was probably on it for 50 years because it took me days to get that off - but here we go..............
These doors have beautiful details - gorgeous really - and they're much nicer in person where you can actually see those details ( too bad you're stuck with my lousy photography skills ) Here's a close up
There's such pretty curving in the corners - and they're very deeply beveled
and of course the key hole is just perfectly vintageous
It took forever to do - really it did - so when I finished I took a deep breath
and started the next one ( didn't I mention they were a pair? )
so now let's see - 15 panes on each side - so that's 30 a door - X 2 doors - ok 60 panes to scrape and clean.................
phew - they're done..................I can snap a couple of photos
before starting on the THIRD one...............OMG - what was I thinking lol
Ok Class - tell me how many panes we're at now - Teacher is too tired to count
90 of them?
In case you're wondering why I didn't tape the windows - there wasn't any use in going to all that work when after the tape came off I'd still be left with this on almost every window !
It was on every window - both sides - and was NOT obvious when they were dark brown.............
Fresh paint can be scraped off like butter - old Varnish? Well I'm not exaggerating when I tell you
I used over 75 blades on these doors :)
I have no feeling in my left hand right now LOL.
I DID, however, tape the etched part on the glass -
I never want to see a french door again ( well except for the 2 I have in my own house that desperately need to be painted - think I'll just replace them - toss them on the curbside LMHO )
These have to be delivered tomorrow night - and that last one isn't finished yet - so you all know what I'll be doing for the entire day :)
Oh and did I mention they belong to the most gorgeous house I've ever stepped into ( and I've stepped into a LOT of gorgeous homes ) This place puts my " I WANNA live there Wednesday " series to shame !
Have a great day - and an even better weekend all
Kisses & hugs
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