05:15PM | 01/23/04
Member Since: 01/22/04
18 lifetime posts
We live in a house built in the late 1800's by the landlords' [he's the son of the actual owner] grandfather. The entire four story house is all natural hardwood; floors, door and window frames, baseboards.

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]


03:19PM | 01/25/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
This is a really ambitious project. Especially if you don't own the house. It can be done with much patience and sweat equity built but not advisable for someone just renting.

if the paint is from before the early seventies, it may very well have lead in it. You would want to move the babnies entirely out of the house for the weeks that this takes to do, or to find a way to isolate the work area and treat the rest of the house like a 'clean room'. Lead poisoning can be a lifelong crippling thing for the kiddos.

process would involve heat guns, scrapers, sanding or chemical strippers or some combination of the above.


05:03AM | 01/26/04
Member Since: 01/22/04
18 lifetime posts
We do plan on being here for a long time. This is why we wanted to restore as much as we can.

Our landlord is a really decent guy and will probably help pay for some of the costs. I've already mentioned to him that there's a lot I want to do here. We're the first tenants who seriously want to care for the place and he's very happy about that.

When we asked him if it was alright that we insulate the back porch, he came back the following weekend with a whole bunch of plywood to get started on it. We planned on buying it on our own, we hadn't even asked him to get any, just asked if it was alright.

He loves this house and was so upset by what previous tenants had done to it, as was I, he's willing to do as much as he can to help us restore. This is good news for us as it would take us a long time to do this due to lack of enough money just to go out and buy what we need.

The rooms have been painted a few times over, we don't plan on changing that yet, just all the wood frames. I haven't a clue if there's lead in any of the old paint, I do know previous tenant about 5 yrs ago had painted pretty much the whole house. It's mostly a cream color upstairs which looks alright on the walls, but looks horrible on the wood. Especially in the bathroom. I can't explain why, it just is. Maybe I'm just offended someone had the gall to paint over the natural wood, lol.

I want to stay away from chemicals as much as possible. I'm not particularly fond of them and avoid whenever I can.

I'll have to ask the landlord about lead paint. We do have somewhere for the babes to go if need be. I'd like to do a room at a time, but it's probably more better to do both of theirs at once. We don't plan on stripping the paint until summer when we can have the windows open again. Right now, we're cleaning everything like mad to get ready while we wait for summer.

Thanks for replying, Piffin.

Rick and Teesa

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