Can I restore my pocket doors? Or does this way lie madness?
August 27, 2014 6:16 PM Subscribe
The doors were painted white a few years ago. I'd like to restore the original wood. Concerns within. And, um, how do I do it?
posted by unannihilated to Home & Garden (18 answers total)
This sounds like it should be a fairly simple project, but here are my concerns:
1. The doors were painted a few years ago as part of a home restoration (not done by me). It was sort of a medium-level quality restoration. So, for example, the (sub)floors were pine and rather than laying some kind of floor over them, they were just carpeted over. My chief concern is that the doors were painted because of some kind of problem that I can't see or think of. I can't see any problems, and the doors feel solid to me, but I'm a novice so maybe there's something I'm not thinking of.
2. Do the doors have to be removed? I ran across a webpage from someone who had refinished their doors that suggested this was required to do so properly. This would take this project to a new level of requiring outside, possibly professional assistance, which I don't want to take it to. Also, the doors work perfectly fine, so I'd rather not take them off the track and risk messing them up.
3. Can I do this myself in the space of a few days?
4. And finally, how? What kind of stripper? Should I sand them? How do I choose a finish? How can I match the finish of some existing woodwork? Is the process similar to what you would do for a piece of wood furniture?
I have pictures I can post if that would be at all helpful. The house was built around 1900. Any additional resources you can suggest would also be helpful. Thanks.