In efforts to have a proper housewarming party by the end of summer, we have picked up the pace on getting the main floor done once and for all. All told, that would put us about 3.5 years to get to completion. That’s almost a college education. I guess that’s a good analogy, as we’ve learned so much since March 2007. The biggest lesson: Never buy a house that you have to add a dormer to unless you are wealthy!
Since last week, we’ve been busting out the trim work. Since I’ve never posted in detail about the fir refinishing process in detail before, now is as good of a time as any.
We’ll go over wood stripping first and then about the steps to refinish it back to its almost-original glory in future posts.
The stripping process is only the beginning. In our adventures, we’ve tried practically every popular method. Our favorite method is carefully removing the trim and paying a local service to dip if you have the money. In Portland, we used Houck’s Process Stripping Center, and highly recommend them. Our second favorite method is hiring a contractor that specializes in stripping wood without damaging it. Locally, we hired Pasqualle’s Home Remodeling and Construction LLC to strip the large built-ins, buffet and window interiors in place.
For those severely budget constrained, you may have to go DIY.
Here’s a walk down memory lane of our stripping adventures!
An in-progress shot of some of the great work that Pasqualle’s did for us: