What I want for Christmas is a quartz infrared paint remover with fiberglass insulation on the stock, adjustable edge guards and the thing which tells time. I think everyone should have an infrared paint remover. They’re very good for Christmas. I don’t think a football is a very good present.

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at jona's

We took some time off for the holidays, and then it was time to play “trading spaces” with Jona.

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staining the wood trim

As you can see, we tried many mixes of stain to get the wood color just right.

And in the end, we decided our perfect wood trim color is ….

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what is it?

You may have wondered from a previous post, what the heck is that? Well, it’s an IPR. What’s that, eh? An infrared paint remover.

People have been trying to devise ways to safely remove paint for years. There’s always the nasty chemicals that do a pretty good job, but they’re nasty chemicals for a reason.

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A quick visual tour of our New Years work trip to DC. This is the space above Jona’s kitchen.
above kitchen

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We’ve painted with a variety of different manufacturer’s paints. Behr, Benjamin Moore, Pratt & Lambert, Devine, and Farrow & Ball.

Here’s a quick rundown and review of each:

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I posted about a month ago some of the problems we’ve had with the master bedroom.

So yes, it would be cool if all the trim were bare wood (no paint) and just finished with a nice stain or oil.

no, she's not scraping with her fingers, but with a specialty scraper blade head.

Since that realization, we stripped over 95% of the paint off the “difficult trim” (all around doors and windows) and stripped about 40% off the baseboards.

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mystery pic

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Pictures of the grueling and often ugly process.

Before - the plates sneered at us from the safety of the previous owner’s protection.

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tig painting

Some of you may wonder at the lack of blue tape in the above picture.

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