Friday, October 20, 2017

Stripping Hardware (the right and the COMPLETELY wrong way)

You guys! You're welcome. I did something completely wrong to show you WHY it's wrong. Isn't that SO nice of me? Like, a project that should have taken a week, is now on week 4 just because I love you. What is that project? Stripping hardware!

Let's dive into this telling tale of 4 doors. These doors are the closet doors in our bedrooms. Beautiful, original doors that I love so. The doors have seen better days, riddled with scratches and questionable coloring splotches. In a perfect world, I would strip them and seal in the beautiful dark wood that is under the 3+ coats of poorly painted latex. However, 2 issues here. 1. I don't want to go insane stripping and refinishing doors, at least not at this point in my life. 2. My husband has a thing with mis matched wood coloring (light floors, dark doors is not OK in his book...still not sure how i'm getting away with the light floors and dark trim on the main floor but I'LL TAKE IT!).

SO, we wanted to paint them the same white that all the trim is getting (some day) upstairs. The doors have been off the hinges since we sanded the floors. Since they weigh a million pounds, it made sense to paint them now before re-hanging. As you can see in the image below, the previous painting crew decided to throw caution to the wind and just paint RIGHT over all of the hardware. Slackers.


 My vision was Oil Rubbed Bronze hardware against a beautiful white door. And come hell or high water IT WILL HAPPEN.

So I spent a week painting the doors. One coat of primer 2 coats of paint (my go to combination). As I rounded the corner on the final coat I picked up some Citri-Strip for the hardware. After trying (for all of 10 minutes) to get any of the screws out of the hardware I threw in the towel and had a GENIUS plan to meticulously paint the stripper on the hardware and scrape it off with a brush.

HAHA.

It KINDA worked. Day 1, I picked up a metal brush to help and some paint came off. I felt hopeful. I added another layer of paint stripper on. I did this for three days, it was moving at a snails pace and wasn't looking like my VISION. I started to notice the metal of the hardware wasn't Oil Rubbed Bronze, and one door was even a brassy color (THE HORROR). Also, they were pretty scratched up.

After snail steps with that idea, I bit the bullet and decided to take off the hardware. It took 4 different flat head sizes and the strength of an ox to get some of those stripped screws out (pro tip: put a rubber band around the tip of a screwdriver for stripped heads). But really, it's what I should have done in the first place.


Here's what I was working with. This was one of the handles that hadn't gone through the 3 day Citri-Strip failed method. SO! I tossed them into a crock pot with soapy water and OMG SO EASY WOWWWW.


 I put one of those crock pot bags over, since I still plan on using this bad boy for human food and don't really want chipped paint residue lingering.




THE PAINT PEELED RIGHT OFF. So easy, wish I would have saved myself the time and just powered through in the first round. SO NOW YOU KNOW! Then, I picked up some ORB (oil rubbed bronze) Spray paint and made them look SO AMAZING.



BUT! THE STORY DOESN'T END THERE! So that Citri Strip? That I delicately painted on the hardware? Started to leak onto the paint around the hardware! So everything I wanted white was actually pink! SO GREAT! I sanded these areas down to the BARE WOOD twice. Didn't work. Scrapped it away with paint thinner THEN sanded again. Didn't work. Had a meltdown in the garage. Didn't work.


So, I painted LAYERS of primer. It took about 6 coats before I could no longer see the pink coloring. OMG so fun guys, just hanging out in my spider infested garage watching paint dry.

ANYWAYS. All's well that ends well?

BECAUSE LOOK!


 Better? Yes? Yes!






Thursday, October 5, 2017

An Office Update

THE OFFICE! Have I mentioned that I work from home? I DO! This little nook was a HUGE selling point for us. Most of the other houses we looked at didn't have a den/office, so we would have had to transfer a bedroom into an office. This is MUCH better. Also, the windows! It's right off the front door too so I can creep on passer-bys - BONUS!.

Here is what the room looked like immediately after we signed the papers, and before Dan ripped the blinds off (not much time in between mind you.). 



Since then, we (my mom!) painted the walls, and we refinished the floors. THEN, we loaded it up with the nearest furniture in site so I could have a functioning office ASAP and VOILA: 


So pretty right?! Go ahead, pin it, i'll wait. The table was from the previous owners, it has since found it's way up to the cabin (we were going to use it in the dining room, but found a different option and IT'S ON IT'S WAY!). We were noodling over a desk for foreverrrr (stand up, sit down, 2 desks?, vintage, white, ikea, omg the choices), and finally when we found this one from Crate and Barrel it was ALL the heart eyes. It has THREE little drawers too which was an added bonus.


Cable management needs to be a college course...HOW IS IT DONE. I am destined to find a way to huge the quadrillion cords it takes to set up an office. So far my ideas involve twist ties and command strips...so we will see how far that takes me. 

I picked up a little storage unit from IKEA for the corner. This holds all those 'officy' things that you rarely need but then do one day and OMG WHERE IS IT. Between that and the desk drawers, that's the only storage in this area. 



We got some planters for the corner of the room, I put 2 cute little plants in there that i'm bound to kill in a few weeks, please send your thoughts and prayers to them that they make it longer. #nogreenthumbhere



We are still on a mission to find the BEST paint for our little radiators (we have 8 to paint!). They all got serviced this week and are (finally!) full of water once again and ready to take on the winter. We are leaning towards a metal paint so we can color match them to the walls. 


I also need to hang some art still, isn't that the hardest thing to do when you move into a new place? Stick a nail in a wall. Yes we will tear down two entire walls and rip up flooring but NO NOT A SINGLE NAIL! We also need blinds BAD, there is about 2 hours in the morning when the sun pierces my eyes at my desk. Thankfully there is a strategically placed oak tree out front that I can dodge the sun with. But I feel like blinds would be a better long-term solution?!


So, what's left for this room? We are noodling a new rug and light fixture. I like the navy rug we have, we just want something a little bigger (maybe 5x7), and perhaps a little lighter to tie into the couch and walls. For the light fixture, since this room is across from the dining, we will likely find something complementary for the two spaces. OH, ALSO.

The opening to the office has little hinges on it AND THE FRENCH DOORS WERE IN THE BASEMENT. They are in....ROUGH shape, but I am destined to at least TRY and revive them. We are thinking a nice color pop (I am just assuming I can't salvage the original wood, but here's hoping!). TBD if we will actually want doors here, but it might be in the cards...

WOo! Finger snaps for functioning rooms!