I had a sudden burst of DIY activity last week and on a whim decided to strip the paint off our front room door. It took longer than I thought and more paint-stripper than I had budgeted for too!
I counted two coats of paint that I had previously painted, a dark cream colour and then drab shades. As the house hadn't been properly decorated for a least a few decades when we moved in 15 years ago, I reckon that these were layers from the 1950s if not earlier. The final layer was the original grained wood paint effect that was applied to the doors when the house was built. Our neighbour's house still has the original paint effect on their doors and it looks really old fashioned - in a nice way of course!
So after numerous litres of paint-stripper, zooming around with the hand-sander (I loved that part after the tedium of stripping) and wire wooling it all down to a baby-bottom softness, both sides were finally finished - after three days work.
So here they are in their unadorned glory, apart from a few layers of beeswax. We're going to replace the manky old hinges with new brass ones and the original rim lock and handle needs overhauling, but I'm really happy with how its turned out. Only one more door to go now...