New Old Front Door

by Josh on June 24, 2009 · 4 comments

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The contractor who is helping me with my bedroom project came to the job with the usual tools and materials.  But he brought something else that first day, too: an old mission oak front door that had failed to sell at his yard sale.  He offered it to me for free. The door needs some […]


In Praise of Patina

by Josh on February 8, 2009 · 1 comment

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I just love the patina on the salvaged antique brass push plates on my new old kitchen swinging door.  It is easy to see why all those antiques roadshow people tell you not to clean your old furniture.  The photo won’t do it justice, but here’s a look:

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Restored Kitchen Swinging Door

by Josh on February 5, 2009 · 13 comments

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I found the solution to my broken kitchen door a few months before the door actually broke.  At a sale of salvaged house parts collected by the city of Minneapolis before demolitions, I found a swinging door identical in style and finish to the original in my basement.  Although the city was selling the doors […]


Broken Kitchen Swinging Door

by Josh on February 1, 2009 · 10 comments

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A swinging door between the dining room and kitchen is a feature common to many older houses across a range of eras and architectural styles.  That swinging door is also one of the most commonly removed details in a kitchen remodel.  Fortunately, though my kitchen has been remodeled at least a couple times, there still […]


Opening Doors

by Josh on October 11, 2007 · 2 comments

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Nothing big is happening here, but I’m making progress on a few odds and ends mostly involving opening doors. During one of his recent temper tantrums, my four-year-old slammed open his bedroom door and put the knob through the wall. If he was a little older I could have taught him how to fix the […]


What a great day for paintstripping! With a bright sun shining all day, it was finally warm enough to throw open the garage door, trot out the sawhorses and get serious about stripping the doors I’ve been picking at for weeks. Ms. Bungalow also gave me leave of my fatherly duties to spend a solid […]


Paint Stripping: No Quick Fix

by Josh on March 28, 2006 · 7 comments

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I am still working on removing paint from my first door in the south upstairs bedroom, and it would be generous to say I am half done with it. I made reasonably good progress using the Silent Paint Remover, so long as I applied a boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits mixture to the belligerent […]


Stripping Continues

by Josh on March 3, 2006 · 5 comments

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I haven’t been up to much around the house lately, but I have made a little progress on my paint stripping. Previously I had applied an 80/20 mixture of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits to the difficult old primer on the bedroom door that did not come up with the Silent Paint Remover. Here’s […]


A Finish To Strip

by Josh on February 22, 2006 · 0 comments

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I’m still working on stripping the paint from the door to the south upstairs bedroom. My setup in the garage worked great, but the Silent Paint Remover had a hard time with the primer coat on the unvarnished door. I followed the Speedheater manual’s suggestion to wipe an 80/20 mixture of boiled linseed oil and […]


Speedheater Round Two

by Josh on February 20, 2006 · 7 comments

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After the smelly smoke of my first foray with the Silent Paint Remover nearly drove my family out of the house, I knew I needed to change my plans for stripping paint in the south bedroom upstairs. So I moved my operation down to the garage where effective workspace ventilation is as simple as opening […]