You're right, the well-ventilated house with all of the windows open and 80's punk and New Wave blaring from it can only mean one thing: I am back to stripping the wood in the bedroom!
Simple job. All I have left are the window heads and sills, apron, and cornice. Yeah, simple until I started actually stripping and found that these areas were once covered with something odd.Am I crazy? Was all of the other wood stripping this difficult and I only fail to remember it because it was so long ago that I did any actual stripping? Are these pieces of wood abnormally dark or am I holding the Speedheater on the pieces a little too long?
Why the hell did I ever start stripping this wood in the first place? There are plenty of people, in fact most people in America, that get along just fine with crappy painted woodwork. Why couldn't I be one of those people? Why I couldn't I just go to Home Depot, pick out a stark white paint (or maybe settle for a nice light cream), and go on with a painted and sane, frustration-free, life? Nooooooo, I have to get all fancy and have natural woodwork and wood floors and earth-tone paints and la dee da dee da.
O.K. I think I got that out of my system.
I am not sure but I really think that something was initially applied to this part of the window trim that did not get applied anywhere else. The Speedheater is absolutely useless. O.K., maybe I am exaggerating because it got off the first 6 layers of paint. Unfortunately, it is not helping with the last two? I was at this small 6' section for over 5 hours. This is disheartening as I got the entire door frame (jambs & head) completed in the same amount of time. I am not sure what this will mean aesthetically for the head of the window when it is seen in relation to all of the other woodwork in the room but I will persist and hopefully no one will be the wiser when they look at the final product.
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