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

Posts Tagged ‘removing paint’

Much Better Now!

Well of course my “impromptu” back door project took longer than I wanted/expected it to, but it looks sooooo much better than before! I can’t believe it, but I don’t have a decent shot of the interior side of the door. It was splattered with white paint from one of the PO’s paint jobs and…

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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…

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White Linen (Closet)

I thought I better take advantage of this burst in project energy while it lasts so I decided to tackle the linen closet. Since it’s adjacent to the bathroom and part of the hallway, it’ll be part of both the bathroom reno and the hallway repair and paint project too. Of course I shouldn’t need…

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Exterior Window Prep

To prepare for my exterior storm window paint job (which seems like a perfect Labor Day weekend project!), I not only need to wash the windows and aluminum trim but also remove some blobs of white paint that were carelessly slopped onto the brick, apparently before the aluminum trim was installed. (I shudder to think…

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Why Do I Do It?

As we were hanging drywall in the kitchen, I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I patched up the hallway at the same time?” There isn’t a lot of wall space in the hallway since it mainly consists of doors (six to be exact, plus one opening for the kitchen), but where wall…

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Just Add Water

Wow. It’s been over a year since I scraped the paint and wallpaper off our bedroom walls. We have been living with the “distressed” look ever since. Those are all the wallpaper bits that didn’t easily come off during the scraping phase. Pete spent one afternoon meticulously scraping one wall, but it was slow going…

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Mmmm, What’s Cookin’?

Usually a snowstorm is the perfect time to cook up some comfort food. But today we’re going to cook up some Bungalow Goodness. So let’s get out our Good Ol’ Irish Stew Pot and start cooking, shall we? Take several paint-encrusted brass fixture parts and add to pot. Cover completely with water and bring to…

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What’s Wrong with this Picture?

It’s day six of getting dressed in the kitchen. I am so ready for this to be over! Despite most of the furniture being covered in plastic, there is a fine layer of dust over absolutely everything —— kind of like when you come home from the beach and you’re thinking, “Whoa, how did sand…

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A Fine Mess

Phase II of the stripping project is well into its second week. As of yesterday the woodwork in the living room, dining room, foyer, hallway and two bedrooms have been stripped of all their paint. They waited as long as possible before starting on the master bedroom, but yesterday was the day. We moved all…

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Oops, I Did it Again

Why I shouldn’t be left alone on a cold Saturday afternoon: I went to Home Depot to get a new doorbell (the current one is hideous) and found myself in the paint aisle. I ended up buying a 4-inch wall scraper (in addition to the doorbell). First I tried the scraper out on the bedroom…

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