But now that I'm in the throes of redoing my front room, I find I left some obvious steps out. Other steps that I had rejected I've put back in, and there are tasks to complete that I had no idea about seven months ago.
Beginning with something that was always on the list:
- As much as it goes against my conscience, I'm going to paint the woodwork in the front room.
- I ended up stripping the paint off the exterior door frame.
The great thing is that it came off beautifully. Seven or eight hours straight I put into that, totally on a roll.
And joy of joys, while doing the exterior I found the possible answer to a question that's been nagging me for years. In some future, dreamlike time when I have the money, I'd like to replace the 1980s-vintage aluminum windows. But, I wondered, did the Previous Owners Minus One leave the original brickmould hiding under the metal trim, or did they pry it off and throw it away? Brickmould is scary expensive. I found that out when I had to buy new to go around the renovated back door.
But there above my front door, until now overlooked, I discovered the original brickmould. And it continues under the metal cladding on each side; they didn't cut it off. If it still exists there, isn't that a good sign it's still there everywhere else?
- I told myself I wasn't going to demount any of the front room woodwork to strip it.
I may pull down the muntin casings on the front and west sides as well. Since I'm painting the woodwork the cracks don't have to be as clean as if I were shellacking. But if it's too gross in there, they'll likely come down, too.
I can't demount the side casings--- the POs-1 covered the plaster with 1/2" drywall and the wall surface is nearly flush with the trim. Try getting those casings off without destroying the wall!
- As I noticed when I took down the door lintel, I've got a job ahead of me with drywall tape and spackle before I can paint.
- I'm also going to have to retape the joints in the ceiling, and paint over the repair.
I'll try to pull off a sample of the old ceiling paint and match it on our laser scanner at the store. I'd rather get a quart to match instead of having to repaint the whole darn thing.
- I'm going to wait to prime until I have the wallpaper stripped and any holes in the drywall patched.