The shop #3: strip tease

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Blog entry by scottb posted 02-14-2008 07:06 AM 3692 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: making good on resolutions Part 3 of The shop series Part 4: A first - a "Daddy Day" in the shop! »

Almost 5 years back, my wife and I figured out how we’d like to remodel our bedroom. (we had chosen the smaller bedroom, closest to the bathroom, via an adjoining room. Leaving the larger bedroom for the office, company, and eventually, children.

Our parents all said we should take the larger room, but with my wife’s handicap (and not wearing her lower leg braces at night) – a shorter “commute” is better. Besides, if you shut the door to the adjoining room, It was more like a Master Bedroom suite. We liked it. Apart from being tired and bored with the white walls and off white trim or our roughly 12×12 cozy space.

We moved into the “real” MBR, and then the implements of destruction started swinging. Pulling down the drywall on the walls and ceiling (which looked about to fail), tearing everything down to the studs. I had a nice (Large) pile of debris out the window to the backyard by noon on Saturday, day one of our vacation.

As luck would have it, our little one (about 6 months old at the time) got sick. She wasn’t much of a complainer – she’s always been a trooper – just really sleepy. Progress was halted to 2 hour spurts between naps.

Insulating and drywall took me the rest of the week! I was almost back to work before I started putting up a bead-board ceiling. – on the diagonal because I obviously like to punish myself – I didn’t have a mitersaw at the time – a fact that was quickly remedied. This extended time found us getting used to, and actually beginning to prefer the real master bedroom.

The problem now was – rather than the plan with a plate rail, dark red paint above, a faux leather treatment below, wood ceiling, stripped doors and new windows (that actually open), what would we do to turn that into a little girls room once she outgrew her cradle?

Well, we figured we could take our time, and we did… ultimately we found our plan. and the room found me working on it for a half-day or two, most weekends. Nearly a year’s worth of weekends up in there (between naps and errands) My daughter actually thought it was MY room. The ceiling was NOT a one man job. Also my first attempt at Crown molding, built in closet shelves and so forth….

Ok now your asking, why is this part of my basement series? (Sorry about the rambling back story)

The closet door.

We decided on stripping the old, dinged and hopefully not damaged (and hopefully original) door to my closet – to match the wood trim in what was supposed to be OUR room.

I generally hate painting wood and painted trim, and I was trying to keep with the feel of the house, but eventually agreed that white trim would look best in the room we were desiging for our little girl to grow up in.

Problem is I had already started stripping what looked to be a nice Oak door. Painting that would be a crime!..

Well, the door was neglected (as in left alone to rest in the basement) long enough, and when I got back to stripping it today (so i could get it OUT of my shop) so I wouldn’t have to paint over the caked on stripper, I noticed it wasn’t oak, but rather the same nice OLD pine I used for my Thorsen Table (an exterior door). The rails and stiles have nice straight grain, but the panels are mismatched. There are also some poor older repairs from years of shrinking and swelling – fillers in joints, as well as some gouges from when I started the stripping process.

Yep, a fresh coat of stripper, some scraping tomorrow morning. Then a nice coat of white to match my daughters trim.

I wonder though, will she mind having a door on her closet after all these years? Will I have to start checking for monsters?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 02-14-2008 12:29 PM

haha does she remember having a door on her closet? :)

another “checkmark” waiting to happen and that will be off your to-do list. Woo hoo

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 01:10 PM

If you have to, just mount a bell on the outside of the door as a “monster detector” ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 01:34 PM

Never had the door there, I removed it when it was My closet. Once the room was hers she’d actually spend a lot of time playing in there with her stuffed animals. There’s a nice little kid sized space to the side of the doorway.

I like the bell idea. that’s great.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 01:51 PM


The room is gorgeous. I love the beadboard ceiling. I have never had the courage to attempt this but I really like the look.

Closet doors just get in the way at this age anyhow. There attention span is so short that they move from one toy to another so leaving the closet open just facilitates putting the toys up and gives her some “personal space”.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 03:34 PM

Good job Scott. (I frankly don’t want to ever refinish another thing, but I am sure I will.) It always amazes me how long these remodeling things take. Congrats at the light at the end of the tunnel.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 04:27 PM

We love the room, and wanted to do something she wouldn’t outgrow for a LONG time. There was evidence of bead-board ceiling under the sheetrock in the downstairs bathroom. so there is a historical precident for it in the house, plus we pre-date sheetrock by a couple years! I was determined not to sheetrock the ceiling, I’m sure the bead-board was more work, but it was also easier to handle – oh, and the knots give her something neat to look at too!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 04:31 PM

Great Job Scottt. You know that fine whisky and fine cheese takes time to age. the same is true with woodworking projects. I like for my cherry to age fully before i give away my cherry projects.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 02-15-2008 09:13 PM

Ha. I think I remember seeing that door in “Monsters Inc.”. Glad you are getting another item off the list. Always a good thing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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