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    11-21-2011, 01:51 PM
My major home improvement project...

I decided (why I'm not quite sure now) to strip & refinish the 100+ year old woodwork in my house. It's been quite the job. When I started stripping it I discovered 12, yes 12 different colors of paint. Here's a few pics of the process...that I'm not quite done with.

Before with all of it's paint, varnish and layers of poly.
Stripping layers
Cleaned up
The crown molding, this stuff has been a nightmare!

Filled about a million holes, dents & dings. After staining the first piece, I was very unhappy with how it looked. The filler (which the guy at home depot assured me was the best and would stain great) did not even come close to what I wanted. So now I am faux-wood graining it. So it's come full circle back to painted

Second step in woodgraining (about 1/8 of the trim for one room)
A practice piece, 3rd step in graining, not dry & still have to do detail work with brushes
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    11-21-2011, 01:53 PM
Green Broke
Absolutely beautiful, well done! Looks like it was hard work but well worth it. I'd love to get into some antique furniture refurbishing at some point, if I do I know who I'll be coming to with questions!
    11-21-2011, 02:15 PM
Thanks Sarahver! It's been a lot of work, I've done a few doors and a dresser before but this was a big undertaking. I wish it would have stained well, but it still looks much better than before. The faux graining is kind of fun, I told my hubby my next project will be to make my plastic grooming box look like mahogany

If you want to try your hand at it, I have tons more to do!
    11-21-2011, 02:19 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
If you want to try your hand at it, I have tons more to do!
Sweet as, I'd love to see Indiana! Plus I think Bobbie would just LOVE to have a holiday at your place... Just book us a ticket up there and I'll be happy to be of assistance
    11-21-2011, 04:39 PM
That is cool! The faux finish you did looks awesome! I love the reddish tint to it. I did my bedroom walls with a spongeing effect that I think looks great, but never have done stuff like you did. Aren't the chemicals really toxic?

The old wook looks like Doug fir.
    11-21-2011, 04:49 PM
Thanks Caroline! The stripper is some gnarly smelling stuff, the rest isn't too bad. The first layer (yellow) is just an eggshell latex, the faux is a clear acrylic glaze and I'm adding color to it. I've mixed 3 shades, going for a cherry color. I'm using my grandpa's woodshop while they are in FL for the winter, heated and major exhaust system :)

The plan is to get all the trim done over winter (I have 8 more rooms worth to do) and then in spring when I can open the house up we are going to refinish the hardwood floors in a cherry finish to match. I love my old farmhouse but I've got a giant list of projects!
    11-22-2011, 10:15 AM
You gotta love old houses. We lived in one and mum wanted to re-do the wall paper. 24 layers of old wall paper later she found the wall.
    11-22-2011, 10:55 AM
Wow BC, I think I'd have pulled my hair out by the end of that! Wallpaper is evil stuff, thankfully that's one thing I don't have to deal with.
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    11-24-2011, 01:39 PM
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Sounds cool but a big process.

I've gotten that things like that take often a lot of nerves - hopefully it'll be an easy-going process to you. And looks good thus far .
    11-25-2011, 05:07 PM
Looks great there!

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