Wednesday, December 07, 2005

becoming a stripper

okay, i am going to start a project.
here is some background:
the house we live in was built in 1917 and is a california craftsman bungalow.
if you click on the link here it will take you to a site that is all about bungalow houses.
http://www.ambungalow.com/AmBungalow/home.htm
they are very earthy things, in my opinion, and are part of the arts and crafts era.
in being a craftsman, our house was originally painted in earth tones most likely, both inside and out, and also had a lot of unpanited wood (see example, not our house)
this is where the stripping comes in.

i have decided to try to strip the paint of the picture ledge and wood on the walls, starting with the dining room. in the other pictures you will notice that the dining room looks a lot like the example pic above, except for the paint.

i have been thinking about it since we bought the house, but i know what a HUGE job it will be and have been scared. i keep thinking, "what if it isnt pretty underneath." at first i figured i would just re-paint it if that happened. then, i started meeting people in the neighborhood that have been here so long that they remember my house and that it used to be unpainted wood....pretty wood.

so that is what i am doing....i have never done any stripping before...any suggestions???
anyone want to come help??...

9 comments:

Adam said...

You can sand, which is dusty and tedious. You can use chemicals which is goopy and noxious. You can hire someone to do it for you. If the wood underneath is oak, you'll probably need to use chemicals because the grain is so open and the paint really soaks in.

Justin said...

you need good background music, and do it slowly, one piece at a time

edluv said...

try not to make awkward movements. slow is preferred.

(and damn, justin's was funnier. and he beat me to the punch. but i still had to make a joke.)

Adam said...

But you're also correct, Ed. Fast movements with stripping compounds is dangerous. That stuff burns skin and probably wouldn't be good in your eyes. Slow movements would reduce splatter.

See, and my comment was unintentially funny.

timidvenus said...

okay, so i had no idea that justin was being funny, although i did think his advice was strange, until ed wrote his piece. adams was just icing on the cake.

The Jay said...

If there's cake AND strippers, I will make a point to come out and help!

The Jay said...

Oh yeah: also: I'm afraid of death. I don't really like talking about myself not existing. It's scary, because I have never known other than existence.

Adam said...

But not existing is inevitable Jay. We will all die and not talking about it won't make your life any longer.

timidvenus said...

and....not knowing how something will be because one has never experienced it is kinda lame. if that was the line of thought that we all stuck by we wouldnt do new things. i am not saying that death isnt scary, or that it is someting we all want to try, im just saying...

the more i read that the less it makes sense.