Strippin Ain’t Easy

Oh My GOODNESS!  Get yo mind out of the gutter.  You should be ashamed.  I’m talking about stripping paint… not the other stripping.

Remember when I introduced our pump house hereI mentioned to you that I had special plans for the door.  Remember that?!  Here’s what the door looked like when we purchased the place.


And here’s the inside of the door.


I wanted the outside of the door to look more like the inside of the door.  Oh and did I forget to mention that the door is a million foot tall?  Yeah, it is.

Anyways, I decided I would try my hand at paint stripping.  I thought about sanding it but worried about lead paint.  I picked up some paint stripper, gloves, and a paint scraper.  You will also need a paint brush for this project.  I had one already that I used to paint the patio door.  Here are the supplies that I purchased at Wal-Mart.


The Citristrip was $11.77, the paint scraper was $2.97 (I think?!) and the gloves, not shown here, were $2.47.  That means that so far, this paint stripping project has run me about $17.50.  Not too bad.  Oh and the mess, it was free!

Let me just tell you folks, stripping AIN’T easy… seriously.  Well, let me rephrase.  The process is actually easy, but time consuming.  It may have to do with how many layers of paint there are on whatever your are trying to strip.  I found out that this door was painted 3 different colors.  Cream, green, and red.

I’ll quit boring you with words and get to the good stuff… pictures.  To keep you from drifting off to sleep, I hit the fast foward button and got to some pics that were taken further into the process.  Don’t worry, you’ll get the point.  First off, just brush a layer of the paint stripper onto the surface.


It’s peachy orange as it goes on and then dries more of an orangey orange.  You can allow it to set for up to 24 hours (or so the instructions say) but the longer it sits, it dries out.  Once it’s dry, the paint is almost impossible to scrape.  I would normally wait 15 to 20 minutes before I tried to scrape the paint off.  And the results…


Yeah, let’s just say this is a tedious task.  It takes a layer of paint stripper, or maybe even two, per layer of paint.  With three layers of paint, that means I need to do about 6 layers of stripper to get to the bare wood.  And again, brush on the stripper…


Let it sit for a while and then scrape some more!


Now we’re cooking with gas!  This is about what it looks like at this point.  I’ve spent a few hours just to get this far.  I’m wondering if it’s worth it.  I considered just taking the door off of the hinges (or getting J.C. to do it) and flipping it over; however, then there would just be a HOT MESS of a door on the inside.  I hope to keep my gardening “stuff” in here and I don’t want it to be unsightly.

Then I got to wondering… maybe I should flip the door around and still finish stripping it.  Why, you ask?  Well because I hate that stupid little lock on the outside.  I don’t want to have to deal with a lock everytime I go in there.  If I turned it around, I could try out something different for the hardware.  I’ll still make sure to finish up the stripping though.

So, have your ever stripped?  I mean stripped paint?!?!  It’s fairly easy but very time consuming.  Leave me a comment below and tell me what you think I should do!




6 thoughts on “Strippin Ain’t Easy

  1. I’m too scared to strip! Paint stripping that is… It seems to tedious! But like yo momma says, it will be pretty! (Already is)

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