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Old 09-12-2004, 05:01 PM
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Thank you! My main goal was to alleviate the constant paint chips that kept littering the three layers of carpet on the old wood floor. It constantly looked unkempt and was depressing. I would have preferred refinishing the woodwork trim using a stain and poly/lacquer finish but there was a LOT of damage to the underlying wood in places that just couldn't effectively be covered up when filled with filler etc. And I knew that the house would be rented after we left, most likely, to people with children in the family. And the flaking paint was a hazard that my landlords didn't seem to be concerned about (They just kept painting over it... The house was in a small unincorporated very rural area.), so I policed the mismixed paint found in nearby towns and using much better quality paint at lower prices, I put a solid, clean finish on the wood. The landlord was "tickled pink", but when I showed her the beautiful job I had done on the living room fireplace and she admitted she was impressed, but stressed I was doing everything on my own and to expect no compensation, which I already understood. But she also said, "As far as I'm concerned no renters should ever have access to these fireplaces, and if there was any way I could, I would remove them!" She had gone through the house when they first bought it and removed as much as possible that was antique etc. But both fireplaces had been filled in with concrete so they were unuseable anyway, so I have no idea what she meant... Hey, even my husband was stunned by the massive improvement after I did everything!!! Just keep at it! We looked at one house to buy when we were finally in the market and the owners were still in the process of stripping the woodwork of paint. They were using commercial chemical stripper and the job was unimpressive. Lots of times there are gouges, dents, etc, that were constantly painted over as time went on, and believe it or not, these people were putting the poly/lacquer finish over the wood without making sure all of the paint had been removed from these problem areas... I was heartily disgusted after working so hard on our previous house, to see an actual home owner showing such little concern over rehabbing an historic house! Anyway, one thing that WILL help the feeling of the neverending job at bay is to periodically take photographs of your work as you go along. Don't forget to take pictures of the mess on the floor, the pile of tools, rags, etc.; the half stripped/fully stripped/ finished portions---Everything! Have the developed pictures handy so that when you feel like you just can't go on, grab a cup of tea, or whatever and flip through the pictures. When you are doing everything yourself, you don't get the full impact of how GOOD you are doing. You can't step away and evaluate all you have really accomplished while you are trying to push ahead to the end... But having that record at hand to muse over periodically will drive the fact home that you CAN and already HAVE accomplished a monumental feat. And bringing in neighbors or company who are acquainted with the house as it was in its previous state--even before you are finished--and hearing them remark about the improvement they see is another way to keep your courage fired up!
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