Monday, March 1, 2010

No more maroon, let's drink!

We spent the weekend giving "Boozy-Susie's maroon palace" a good scrubbing and de-marooning.  Yeah, I like to make up words because this is my blog, and where else can you make up words?  Here is sexy-pants removing the screws-from-hell that refused to come out of our beautiful doors:
Does anyone else find it funny that the poor treadmill is always surrounded by remodeling debris?  We worked this room over good with some soapy water and then a nice coat of primer.  It looks much better, however there were MANY obstacles I had to overcome before primer could even go up on the walls.  Observe the highlights:

French Doors - blind hardware removed, holes caulked, everything sanded down, removable parts boiled and spray painted, hinges and knob spray-painted in place, doors primed with BIN (which took hours because of all the divided lites):
Casement windows - Blind hardware removed, holes caulked, storm glass removed, entire window scraped and sanded, handles spray painted in place, everything primed with BIN:
(Gah!)
(Ew!)
Louvered doors to the room - hinges stripped (couldn't get them off without using some paint stripper), removed and boiled, hinges spray painted, doors sanded, awaiting primer:

Amazing what a little bath can do to remove that paint!
I haven't even thought about touching the yellowy closet doors yet.  Seriously, there is so much woodwork in this room I'm crying inside just thinking about all the work I still have to do.  Needless to say, I am disappointed that it took so long just to get everything primed, and it's not all done yet.  Here is where we're at today:

No more maroon!  I'll drink to that!  After I paint the ceiling, I will be able to give all the primed doors, windows, and trim a nice coat of Ultra Pure White. Then it's wall-paint time!  Or, 'closet doors' time.  Or, 'louvered doors' time.  Let's just say that something is getting violated by my paint brush tonight!

Happy Monday, everyone. 

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! What did you use to strip the hinges?? I have ridiculously gunked up hinges with way too many coats of paint.

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  2. Oh my gosh, the primer makes such a difference! The whole room already looks so much better. The french door looks like it was a beast.

    I feel your pain with the trim. We're slowing fixing and painting all the trim in our house, and it takes forever. It makes a huge difference though. I can't wait to see what you do next!!

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  3. WOW, so much work but 100% better

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  4. That is a ton of work- such sad paint on such beautiful woodwork! It already looks oodles better with the white primer. I love this room! Just curious- how many sq ft does your house have?

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  5. What an improvement!!! Congrats! (Look at the progress rather than the still-to-do. It feels better that way.)

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  6. Wow Sara, what a huge weekend. I do not envy you at all. I hate all the prep work involved in painting. I am so impatient to see the end result.
    Nellie xx

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  7. Nice job! You work too hard and it makes me feel guilty for not doing much around our house lately. Not guilty enough to keep me from drinking a Goose Island Oatmeal Stout in honor of your de-marooning. :)

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  8. WOW, that is a lot of work. I bet that woodwork will look extra special when you are done with it though. Who knew boiling hardware would remove all that paint.

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  9. Even with just primer it looks so much better! Painting trim especially with all the glass is brutal. But I know it will be spectacular when you get it done.

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  10. As Bob Ross would say, "beat the devil out of it."

    The room looks a thousands times better!! Nice job.

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  11. Our door hardware is exactly the same. Completely covered in paint. We restored the door knobs but the hinges are calling our name as well. You have inspired me.

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  12. OMG! You sure are trucking along on this project. It looks so much better. Congrats on getting further along in your project. Crisp new paint makes all the different.

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  13. WOW that is such an improvement already! I'll def drink one for you tonight!!!

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  14. Cindy - We just smeared some Klean Strip gel stripper on them hinges and put some saran wrap on them for awhile to scrape the paint away. Then they got a nice boil in an old pot for a few minutes.

    Amanda - our house is just over 2200 sq ft. I seriously don't know how people keep those 3,000 sq ft McMansions clean!

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  15. Holy moly, that's a lotta work! BOO for bad paint jobs, but YAY for de-marooning! (I like your made-up words.)

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  16. I would drink to that too! Great job & I love seeing what you're doing. I'm doing two quilts at the moment so not much to blog about...no really cool befores and afters, but when they are done, I'll get started :)

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  17. You may have a ton of work left, but still, you've come so far! Great job.

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  18. So fresh and so clean, clean! That made a huge difference and I think it made the room look bigger too. Crazy previous homeowners! I can't wait to see the final reveal!

    And I'm glad you hijacked my post yesterday! Higher beadboard is definitely the way to go!

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  19. You guys have accomplished so much! Its looking good! And the french doors are beautiful.

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  20. I LOVE the white doors. Such an improvement!

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  21. This post makes me feel totally blessed that our crazy previous homeowner was not a fan of ugly paint... or booze. Or at least she directed her "boozie-ness" in a direction besides home decor...

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Thanks so much for reading....your comments mean a lot to me!
Sara