A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Impromptu Weekend Project

Our plans to go to the cottage today were thwarted by rain predicted all day in Wisconsin. Instead I decided to start on a simple little project: stripping the exterior side of the back door.


The Silent Paint Remover (SPR) was enlisted again for this project and it took about 4 hours to get most of the paint off. Of course the paint was layers thick, and chipping everywhere. Once we rehang it I’ll slather on some paint remover for the trim around the windows and let that sit overnight.


I’ll be repainting it, so we’ll just add some wood filler for the nicks and dings that are in the door. It also got a little scorched from the SPR (you can adjust how close the Infrared heat element is to the wood, and I guess we were a little too close!). It doesn’t really matter since we’re repainting.


The inside of the door has never been painted (thankfully), however there are some paint splatters on the door that have bugged me every time I look at them, and it just needs some refreshing/clean-up. We should also replace the weatherstripping while we’re at it.

Now that I’m sprucing up the door, I’d also like to replace the screen door, as that has seen better days as well. We really need one for the front door too, especially since Romy has decided on several occasions to dart outside while we’re saying good-bye to someone at the door. Really don’t want her to be one of the missing pets I see so often on Facebook!

I also started to look into a “smart” deadbolt lock, like the Kwikset Kevo. Seems that there are as many good reviews as bad on Amazon. Anybody have experience with the product? I don’t know if I want to spend almost $200 on something like that, but it’d be nice to be able to open the door just by touching the lock instead of fumbling with keys.


  1. Sharon on August 8, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Are those burn marks from the SPR? I tried the SPR too and didn’t like how hard it was to avoid burn marks because you couldn’t see the area you were heating. Instead, I started using an inexpensive heat gun and I’ve been so much happier. And no more burn marks. Your finished door does look nice though. Good job.

    • denise on August 8, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Hi Sharon! Yes, I think we had the SPR set too low but since we were repainting it I don’t think it mattered. Light sanding removed it too. We’ve had good luck with it on other things and this is the first time it happened. Luckily I have very little paint left to strip in this house!

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