(my) (late) Monday

I’ve fallen at the hurdle already!  Only my 3rd (my) Monday and I’m late.  I do have a good reason but eh late is late so I’ll just show you what I’ve been up to.

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I’m in the middle of stripping the paint from the stairs, banister and spindles. The plan is to paint the spindles and the risers white and leave the banister and treads natural with a semi gloss finish. I would leave the spindles and risers alone if only the previous owners hadn’t bodged up the paint job so very badly!

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I think they did this to spruce up the place prior to selling it but I wish they had just left it alone! Although how much sprucing they did is in question- it would have been a good idea to wash the banister before painting it. They also painted over moldy grout in the bathroom- no they weren’t careful and we now have white paint on the tiled walls and the sink. They painted directly onto the window glass when touching up the window frames and basically just made a mess of everything. So instead of just giving it a quick sanding and painting I have to strip everything back to get rid of all the clumpy paint. Good thing I loooooooove stripping paint!

I’m also going to have to somehow try to get the wood back to it’s natural color.  You can see where they stained the wood originally.  At first I thought they used a red wood but after stripping the paint from the first tread I can now see that the red is a stain and not the original color.  My plan is to use a paint stripping chemical to try to remove the stain.  If anyone has any experience in this let me know.  I know that stain is a PITA to remove so any help/advice would be great!

** you should check out Kim’s yummy way she spent her (my) Monday.

14 Comments

  1. February 22, 2011 /

    I don’t think you can strip stain. I would probably sand them down. But, if you’re going to leave them natural and they’re going to have a semi-gloss finish (which will show imperfections from the sanding), you might want to consider just buying new treads. It shouldn’t be too costly, except for the bottom step. It would save you a boatload of time and they would look great!

    • Lindy
      February 22, 2011 /

      I have a hand sander at the ready! Keeping my fingers crossed I won’t have to replace anything!

  2. February 22, 2011 /

    Looks like a complete pain to do but i imagine it would look great when done.

    Oh i remember when we first moved into the flat we are in just now and it was obvisous someone just shoved up some plain wallpaper to cover up the (bright) green stuff underneat . I have no idea why they bothered considering one bedroom had brown carpet/rainbow stripped curtains/black and white zebra printed walls????

    • Lindy
      February 22, 2011 /

      people are just strange!

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    • Lindy
      February 23, 2011 /

      I might end up painting everything but I’m determined that the treads will be natural wood colour!! Still stripping everything is a must because of the mess.

  4. February 22, 2011 /

    Oh you are a braver woman than me, we started to strip the stairs in our first house, but ended up giving up and just painting them white. We couldnt get the stain off all the wood

    • Lindy
      February 23, 2011 /

      I might end up painting everything but I’m determined that the treads will be natural wood colour!! Still stripping everything is a must because of the mess.

  5. Mancais
    February 22, 2011 /

    Rather you than me. I get too impatient with it all.

    • Lindy
      February 23, 2011 /

      Stripping paint is my form of crack! I can’t stop.

  6. Rachel
    February 23, 2011 /

    Looks like you are doing a great job! I have to laugh because the photos below have Soooooo soooo much wood paneling, it seems a stark contrast to the stripping you are doing! See you soon!

    • Lindy
      February 23, 2011 /

      When I’m done stripping the paint my hallway is going to look just like my parents did back in the 70’s!

  7. February 23, 2011 /

    try a it of Nitromorse on it. But be very very very careful with children around. It burns like hell if it touches your skin. Just test it on a small area. Nitromorse dipped in a bit of wire wool and rubbed onto it. See if it makes a difference. Messy job though. yuk.

    • Lindy
      February 27, 2011 /

      yep, planning on Nitromorsing after Squidge goes back to school next week.