Originally Posted by AtlanticWBConst.
... And make sure you get some before and after pics and post them on the gallery forum.
I've got some good "before" or existing pictures. Lemme know where to post and I'd be happy to. In fact, I bought an infrared paint remover about 8 months ago and I tested it on the front door. Not only did it work better than any paint removal product I've ever tried (and it's safe for lead; another reason I was so interested), but I revealed some of the finest, tight-grained white oak I've seen. Another interesting issue is the framing. The door features a brick surround that follows the curvature of the door's arched top. In addition, there is a stepped oak door frame that is bent to the same profile. I won't know what the condition of that is until I strip it (I'm waiting until winter is OFFICIALLY over) but I may have to try steam bending as well. Now that
would be interesting!
In addition, I'm in the process (as I type) of demolishing a faux brick fireplace/entire wall in my living room (my wife is yelling at me to get back to work, BTW!). Is this gallery just for woodworking or carpentry work in general? Pretty much everything in this house is going to get reworked and I'd love to share my progress.
So far, I've found newspapers from 1953 but they're so brittle, they litterally disintegrate when I try to unfold them to see what the headlines were. Pretty neat but when you consider that the walls are balloon framed, there are no fire stops and they are filled with 60 year old newspapers, I shudder to think of how quickly this placed would go up in flames if it ever caught fire!
Thanks for your opinions. I was kind of leaning toward restoration, but I wanted to know if y'all thought that I was crazy (for this, anyway).