The Found Door, part 1

One morning, Mr. Limestone spotted this discarded door sitting on the curb waiting for the garbage man. I'm not sure which neighbor decided to trash it but their loss is our gain. We carried it in the house, leaned it against the hallway wall and waited for inspiration.
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I batted around a few ideas until I came to the conclusion that turning it into a work table would be a good second life for this. Its long and lean and would make a lovely space to roll out fabric, make invitations or any number of crafty endeavors. And since I have a perfectly unused box room, I had just the place for it.
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It was dirty and lumpy with paint drips so while I could have just slapped a new coat of paint over it, I decided it needed to be stripped down before anything other decisions were made about it.

Enter Peel Away. If you've been a really long time reader of this blog, you'll remember my experience with striping. So I went back to this goopy green magic potion to get rid of the paint.
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First I removed the hardware.
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Then loaded the door up with the stuff - think frosting a cake.
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Covered with parchment paper (Peel Away sells their own papers but I find wax paper to be a lot cheaper and work just as well.) and let sit for 24 hours.
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The next morning I went out there with scraper in hand. The term "Peel Away" is a little misleading. Sure, some of it peels. But most of it has to be forcefully evicted with a sharp edge.
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Scrape. Scrape. Scrape.
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Scrape. Scrape. Scrape.
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Scrape. Scrape. Scrape.
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Two hours and two blisters later, this is the result. Close but no cigar.
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I had hoped to finish the stripping this weekend but the upcyling gods did not smile upon me. Another coat is working its magic now. I'll have to clean it off in the dark tonight.
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(Ran out of wax paper, turned to cling wrap to finish the job.)

Wish me luck.

35 comments:

  1. Now that is love for a door, what a LOT of work! But seeing your history of turning the not so pretty into beautiful...it will be worth it I'm sure!
    Janell

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  2. We have a similar door-stripping project to work on. We may have to try the Peel-Away, let me know how the second coat comes out!

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  3. How fabulous to live in a place where beautiful items are "trashed to treasure"!! This will make an amazing work table. And bravo on thinking it up- I have 2 large ones in my craft/sewing room and couldn't live without them! The box room won't know what hit it, when you're through!!

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  4. Good luck with this project! I'll have to check to see how it all turns out. I've got a door in the garage waiting for inspiration. I've added you to my Kreativ Blogger list today. Congrats and thanks for sharing your home with us!
    Here's the link if you'd like to participate.
    http://thecoveredporch.blogspot.com/2009/11/dish-towels-blogs-and-awards-oh-my.html Thanks!
    Jenn

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  5. Ooooh I can't wait to see the finished product! Such a great use for that door!

    I think the paint stripping gods are not with either of us... I have to do round #3 on my mantle tomorrow night in hopes that I can get most of it off Wednesday! There's this little thing called time that I seem to lack!

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  6. Super lucky find! Headboard maybe? Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  7. I look forward to the finished project.

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  8. One man's junk is another's treasure. I can't wait to see this old door gain a new life!

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  9. Can't wait to see how it turns out! I tried to strip my windows and it was a disaster!! I am going to try to use the same stuff you used as have seen other bloggers use in the past. Have loads of woodwork that needs stripped and the orangy stuff never works.

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  10. I recently picked up the same door (mine might have 5 panels, can't remember) and am in the process of making a desk out of it for my new home office! I'm super excited, although I don't have to deal with the scrape, scrape, scrape because the "distressed" style is what I'm going with for my look...no need to stain or re-paint. You would go bonkers if you had a ReSource Yard like we do here in Boulder... it's amazing.

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  11. Wow! What a great project, can't wait to see how it turns out! I've been on the hunt for a paneled door to use as a screen, however, since we'll be moving in July I'm trying not to acquire any more large pieces before the move... but if I should find a door like this, I'll so be grabbing it up!

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  12. Wow~ I give you lot's of credit! Good thing it was nice out this weekend;o)I can't wait to see the final product!

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  13. i can't wait to see the outcome...and as odd as it sounds i SOOOO want to strip something now! lol

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  14. That is a great find. I wish I had your patience for the stripping. I was cringing just looking at all that scraping, scraping, scraping. haha! Im sure it is going to be beautiful when you get done with it though. Can't wait to see. Oh, I am a female, this is my husbands account.

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  15. Have never heard of or used Peel Away, but it looks like a great product! Can't wait to see your table. :)

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  16. i saw this stuff on Curb Appeal (HGTV)last night and was amazed. Is it super toxic? Love that door! Can't wait to see the finished product.

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  17. What a creative idea!! I can't wait to see the rest of what you do with it! That looks like a pain to do, but I bet it will be worth it.

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  18. such a task you took on! Can't wait to see the end result.

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  19. I like it just the way it is now! Looks almost like a pickled finish!

    Whatcha gonna do with it??? Can't wait!

    Ruth

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  20. Looking good! Lots of elbow grease, but I know you'll transform it into something beautiful!

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  21. I agree with The Beautiful Life. It looks really cool right now. But however it ends up, I'm sure it will be fabulous.

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  22. Wow! that's a lot of work just to strip the paint! Good luck =)

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  23. Adore your door, the before and the after...looking forward to seeing what you have in store! I know it will be very special.
    pve

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  24. You're evil!

    When I saw your last post about reusing a door you found I thought, "I hope she isn't making it into a workspace of sorts." Cause that was my brilliant idea that I sorta got from somewhere else but didn't want anyone to steal. Ha!

    Can't wait to see what you come up with and how it compares to the grand images I have in my head of my someday door turn workspace... that hasn't even started to take shape. ;)

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  25. haha good luck! Can't wait to see the finished result :)

    BTW, your whatever-room-that-has-the-big-gold-scissors is still one of my absolute FAVORITES in all of blog land! :)

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  26. This may have officially made me change my mind about stripping the closet doors in my bedroom. :-) The door is going to be gorgeous, though!

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  27. Great post, keep on sharing more posts like this and keep up your good work. Thanks for sharing, eagerly waiting for your next post.

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  28. My hand aches just thinking about all that scraping you endured. You really have worked hard on this project but I'm sure it will be worth it once it's done.

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  29. love old doors! I did the same project with my old door! check out this post! http://saltlakedesignergal.blogspot.com/2009/08/man-cave.html

    don't you just love old doors? can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  30. we didn't use plexi because it was more expensive- our table was about 79" x 30". We found a local dealer who cut it & sanded the edges for $80. For plexi glass they wanted $200+!

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  31. I can't wait to see the end results of this project!

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  32. Great bicep tricep workout. I look forward to seeing what your final final is!

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  33. That's amazing. I have a door that I was thinking of craigslisting and now I'm thinking of keeping it for myself!

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  34. Wow, that's actually pretty good for an older piece with a lot of built-up layers. I would have taken a power sander to it a lot earlier! :D

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