After a fairly long and very well earned break from stripping, sanding and painting we’re back at it again! Having spent around 250 hours stripping and sanding our staircase, restoring our bathroom and living room door as well as a load of skirting boards throughout the house, stripping and sanding has turned into one of our most hated DIY jobs.
One of the only things that keeps us motivated is looking at our before and after pictures. So let’s start right at the beginning… this is what our upstairs hallway looked like when we moved in.
Not a pretty sight, is it? After a coat of white paint, removing the carpet, sanding & varnishing our floorboards it already looks a lot better.
There are obviously a lot of things that still need sorting, but from a distance most things don’t look too bad. But pictures in Blogland can be deceptive and as you get up close it’s a completely different story!
One of the things that we’ve been putting off sorting are our skirting boards.
Having removed what felt like tones of paint when stripping everything else, getting out our heat gun again is not a job that I’ve been looking forward to. After living here for over 3 years, the messy paintwork is admittedly something that just sort of blends into the background and we don’t notice anymore.
Now, I know that a lot of people tend to just paint over skirting boards and wonder why we go to the effort of all stripping and sanding, but for us it’s the only real option. Stripping away the old layers of paint really does make a difference and gives a far superior finish to the finished surface.
We’re not just patching up and going for a quick makeover here. As much as we’d love to be able to just get out a can of paint and share amazing before and after images with you every week, here in our Little House On The Corner things tend to take a bit longer.
It’s taken about 2 days (on and off) to strip 1 door frame (we’d already done some the other ones), skirting and dado rail on the hallway side.
Everything still needs sanding, which will probably take another day or so.
Then we can move on to stripping and sanding the doors. It’s just never ending stripping fun around here.
As gunky as the hallways still is, it’s already a huge improvement on the chipped and yellowed layers of paint.
Stripping paint is definitely my most hated DIY job. Do you have a home improvement job that you dislike? Or do you have a job around the house that you really enjoy doing? Do you hate stripping paint as much as we do? We’re thinking of purchasing a paint spray gun to paint all of the doors. Do you have any recommendations?