I did it!
I came home.
And started strippin'.
It got real hot at times but that's alright since we had a 20 degrees temperature drop between 2pm and 3pm (no kidding, it's cold again ..gah!)
Soon, shreds (of paint) were flying left and right! Hot heat gun stripping action.
There are so many %$#@@&*%! layers of paint caked on top of each other, it's not even funny. Citristrip only managed to remove the topmost layers (white latex paint, I assume) and utterly failed at removing the ominous black layer.
Bane of my existence, that layer of black paint, I'm telling you. It would be nice if you could just paint over that particular stubborn layer but unfortunately it's topping off a mess of more layers, mostly yellowed white ones, in one craggly relief of messy paint job after paint job. So it's got to come off.
Thanks to my new best friend, El Heatgun, I now have proof that my initial guess at the original color scheme of the staircase was correct: both spindles and newel posts were originally painted a clean off-white/white while a darkbrown stained handrail and newel post tops provided strong and rich contrast.
I tell you, this staircase challenge is not not for the faint of heart.
You know, when you get really into stripping, try not to get too carried away and get ahead of yourself. That might occasionally maneuver your hand right in front of the heat gun ... not good.My right hand looks a bit scorched now.
I called it a day at 7pm because Little Man started to inquire about dinner. It was also dark by then which makes for crappy pictures anyway. I'd been stripping for a solid three hours and what do I have to show for it? Not an impressive lot which is why this projects sucks so much that only a crazy challenge gets me going ... ha!
Want to see how the other staircases are coming along? Hop on over to
- Kit @ DIY Diva
- Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House
- Christine @ Little House on the Corner
- Ann @ Our Handmade Home