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Help me get from A to B!

Posted by yhzinpdx (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 28, 10 at 17:57

We just bought our first home and are hoping to paint some of the original wood white and darken the remainder. Any ideas on the best way to get from A to B? We have no experience whatsoever, so no detail or recommendation is too basic:)

This is the way it currently looks:

wood

This is the color we're looking for:

darkwood2

darkwood1

Also, is it sacrilege to want to remove that wood trim part way up the wall?


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RE: Help me get from A to B!

Get new doors and stain/finish like you want.

Will be much faster and ultimately less trouble/expense.


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RE: Help me get from A to B!

Thanks handymac, is that because stripping is so much work or because we're unlikely to be able to get the colors right? Is there a way to refinish the wood to get it to look more like dark walnut and less orangey?


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RE: Help me get from A to B!

Stain or dye will not work on finished wood. Getting the finish off the wood trim/doors in your photo's would need to be done by professional strippers or take many hours of DIY stripping/scraping.

It is relatively easy to apply a shellac based primer(Zinsser's BIN is the one I usually use for interior priming) and then paint that trim.


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RE: Help me get from A to B!

Thanks for the great advice. I think we'll have some professional strippers do the bits we want to keep wood and paint the rest white.


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RE: Help me get from A to B!

There is a lot of discussion on the old house forum about stripping woodwork - troll around there for old threads. My own old house has woodwork with about 8 layers of paint on it, and it has been (still is) an ongoing trudge to strip it all. Yours looks like a piece of cake to me in comparison.

True that you can't stain over the varnish that's on there, but you can certainly paint over it - for the dark finish, with a darker clear coat, assuming you can get such a thing. And painting white over top would obviously be fine - just that you might need to get an alkyd/oil based paint or varnish as a latex/water based product might not stick well.

KarinL


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RE: Help me get from A to B!

There is a lot of discussion on the old house forum about stripping woodwork - troll around there for old threads. My own old house has woodwork with about 8 layers of paint on it, and it has been (still is) an ongoing trudge to strip it all. Yours looks like a piece of cake to me in comparison.

True that you can't stain over the varnish that's on there, but you can certainly paint over it - for the dark finish, with a darker clear coat, assuming you can get such a thing. And painting white over top would obviously be fine - just that you might need to get an alkyd/oil based paint or varnish as a latex/water based product might not stick well.

KarinL


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RE: Help me get from A to B!

Thanks karinl, I'll check out the old house forum and am glad to hear it looks like a piece of cake!

Alex


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