The downstairs is in pretty good condition, other than previous tenants not bothering to wipe up spilt paint on the wood. Upstairs, someone's painted all the window and door frames [we're not impressed, neither was owner].
We're looking for the best way [best as in saving the wood and not wrecking it any more than it is] to get all the horrible paint off.
Money is sort of tight here, but we're willing to save up if need be. I want to do it properly the first time, and be proud of the results. My goal [even though it may be out of our reach financially] is to restore the house as much as we can.
What do we use that's the safest [not only on the wood, but we also have two babies and a teen here] and, hopefully, the quickest way to get the paint off? The door and window frames are all flat [although not flush with the wall], but the tops of both all have those little ledges that you can put small knick-knacks on. The windows are the kinds with the weights and ropes and inside the frames is all painted as well. Is it worth [or a stupid idea] removing the paint there? I'd like to bring it all back down to natural and stain it the same as the rest of the house [Cherry or Mahogany stain, I'd have to ask again which one].
And any ideas how long the procedure would take? Would I need to move a child out of a room for a night or more to get this done?
We also need to re-sand the floors. The stain on them is not the same as the frames, it's a lighter, tan-like colored stain. Now as we have mostly heavy furniture, what would be the best thing to use to prevent the floor from getting scuffed up again? Or at least attempt to cut down on the scuffing? I don't plan on re-arranging the house any time soon, but obviously the furniture's going to have to be moved and put back. A lot of our furniture has stuff on the bottom to make it slide easier and not wreck the floors. I've no idea what it's called, and there's none left so I can't look at the packaging, but it's felt-like material that you'd use instead of placing coasters under the legs of furniture. It's got sticky tape on one side to attach it to said piece of furniture. You buy it in long strips [about a foot long] and cut it to length. I hope you understand what I mean. I bought it at Canadian Tire.
Anyone have any thoughts, advice or idea's on how to go about any of this?
[Thanks in advance]