After just 3½ short years of living in our Little House On The Corner, we’ve finally started to make some serious progress on restoring most of our interior doors.
A few weeks ago we already shared the first step of the work with you – stripping away layers and layers of old paint.
Being slightly optimistic completely overly ambitious, we thought it would take around another day to give everything a sand. Needless to say, it ended up taking just a bit longer… instead of a day, it probably ended up being more like another 4 days – but we did decide to strip and sand the complete frames on both sides and not just in the hallway.
As much as the sanding is getting us down now, we know that the pained finish will be so much better because of the hours and hours of prep work we are doing.
In some parts the woodwork was quite damaged and required quite a lot of filling and patching up, especially in the areas where the original lock would have been. Now, after painting everything the area is hardly visible.
The first coat of paint always makes me wonder if painting woodwork is a good idea and if it wouldn’t have been better leaving it natural. But really it isn’t an option as the doors and frames are in parts quite damaged.
The first coat of paint always looks really patchy when painting woodwork , but as soon as the second coat goes on it looks much better and after the third we’re always relieved and sure that painting everything was the right decision.
It’s weird how much brighter the already light hallway seems. More importantly though, it has a really crisp and clean feel – no more yellow, chipped paint in sight. We still need to sort our doors, finish the skirting, paint the office door frame and we still need to completely strip and sand the door frame to the fourth bedroom, but it’s already sooo much better than before.
It’s surprising how much work it takes to strip, sand and paint woodwork, but the result is worth it every time.
We’re already looking forward to painting and decorating our hallway. Do you have any suggestions? Do you prefer painted woodwork or do you prefer to keep in natural?