The one and only time I tried a raw diet was a few years ago. I stayed on it for about 4 loooong irritable days, consisting of mainly fruit and vegetable juice, before I caved and went back to “normal” cooked and solid food.
We’re going raw again, but luckily for me (and those around me), I’m not talking about food this time ’round.
The purchase of the property came with lots of character, including the original hardwood doors and hardware. Grandma did good in keeping those intact and somewhat untouched throughout the years. 🙂
|Upstairs hall, circa 2015 pre-demo|
|Upstairs East bedroom, circa 2015 pre-demo|
Below, to the right of Gabe and Dad, there the stack of original doors, which we carefully removed from the house before demo, sit happily stacked against the wall waiting patiently for their turn for some attention. There are 25 in total!
|Doors and frames stacked in the shop|
My inspiration for the doors, like most other aspects of this house project, was a lofty goal. Everybody asked why not just give them a fresh coat of paint and call ’em good?! My answer – because they can be made great!
|Ignore the gorgeous tub, I’m lookin’ at the doors!
With a gallon of Zip Strip, goggles, gloves, mask, plastic scraper, and drop cloth, I set out to make it happen. After two days, and still not one perfectly stripped door in hand, I turned to Craigslist for help… (At this rate, it was going to take me 3 years to strip all of the doors!)
Fortunately for us, we found somebody to do the work who was just as passionate as us about revealing the raw beauty these doors held behind layers of old paint. Check out his work!
|Under layers of white paint was the original brass hardware|
Please never paint hardware – especially a beautiful living finish like unlacquered brass!
|An original glass knob|
|Off to a great start in his workshop|
|Full circle – Beginning to end|
|My heart skipped beat – that’s what we’re going for!|
This kind of work is detail oriented and slow going, understandably so. Our craftsman is doing amazing work on the doors and I can’t wait to see his finished work in-person. (He’s been sending us picture updates of the progress, so we haven’t seen the final product yet firsthand.)
I plan to add a layer of clear wax to them prior to install. Any readers have recommendations for a clear wax product? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your suggestions.
Now, if I can only talk the hubs into raw wood floors. 😉