After sharing our fancy, newly repainted door frames with you at the beginning of the week, we have another door related update to share with you today.
As you all know, our doors are – at least for the most part – in a pretty poor condition. When we first moved in, they were all boarded up and all of the period detailing was hidden. After removing the panels they didn’t look much better either.
There were hundreds of little holes from where the boards had been nailed to the doors, loads of chips and dents and like all other woodwork in the house, everything had been covered in layers and layers of paint.
Because of all of the stripping and sanding that we’ve been doing to our upstairs door frames, we really couldn’t leave the doors in their current state for much longer. It just seemed a shame to put so much work into the frames and then still keep the ugly doors.
So, we’ve been working on them, too!
As you can probably guess, we didn’t actually strip all of the doors ourselves. It would have taken us weeks to remove all the sticky paint of them all, so we decided to take them to be chemically stripped. As the old paint contains lead, it’s really the only sensible choice, too. At £15 a door it was certainly a great investment and saved us days of stripping away the old paintwork.
A few little bits of old paint still need to be removed and of course they’ll need sanding, but compared to if we’d stripped them ourselves, the work is minimal. It really does feel like magic!
It’s hard to believe someone boarded up these lovely original period doors.
Now all we need to do is sand and paint four doors…this may take a while.
Have you ever discovered any hidden period features? Have you ever had any doors stripped? Do you have any door painting tips?