We’ve been toying with the idea of stripping the paint of our upstairs doors for a while now but seriously didn’t fancy sanding them down by hand. I had a go at that with out outdoor furniture last year and it is a lot harder than it looks. Eventually we’ve priced up having them dipped in caustic solution and at £105 for 5 doors and delivery decided to go for it.

At this point we didn’t know what the wood beneath around 4 or 5 coats of various paint looked like but it was still worth a try even if we just painted right over the top again. At least the doors would actually shut rather than jam in the door frame because of the endless layers of paint.

The end result was a bit mixed. Some doors look absolutely perfect and a after a light sanding and clear varnish will look great, others we’ve discovered are made up of different types of wood and you can really see the difference in colour which clear varnish won’t help.

To start with I was thinking of painting them all even if not white again but certainly covering the wood up. Now I’ve had some time to think about it I quite like the uneven and slightly rough look of the doors. We’re going to keep the landing white so I hope it will just add the right amount of interest.

I’ll share more photos once they are properly finished as I’d like to do something with the door handles as well.


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