Master Bathroom Before and After

 

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After

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Before

This entire bathroom was completely gutted.  All the bead board and floors were original.  We uncovered them and enjoyed their hidden beauty.

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Hallway – Before

This is the hallway next to the master bath.  Both the hallway and the master bath had the same cork tiles glued to the ceiling.

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After

This is the refinished hallway ceiling.  All the color was there.  We sanded it, caulked it and put 2 coats of polycrylic on it.   New light and crown top it off.

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I love this product.  It goes on clear without any yellowing. I have used it to seal a cabinet, ceilings and a wall that were all the old chippy pealing paint that I sanded down and cleaned before clear coating.

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Beginning of the plumbing.

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Ceiling sanding and insulation repair.  These two awesome guys were such an amazing help.  They both go to our church and made the work a lot more fun.

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This is the beginning of Dave’s shower.

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After the drywall came in, Mark and I continued to sand, prep and repair the windows and the bead board wall.

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This picture was taken before any of the trim came up.  I kept the center trim in the middle, but the rest came down.  Was so thankful that the windows were solid enough to keep.

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The trim had been put up and the vanity set.  All of this prep and painting kept me more than busy.

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Hubby checking the front wall of the shower.  We built out a tall pony wall, so we could still enjoy the view, even in the shower. The front of this wall is old bead board we pulled from different spots in the house.

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Hubby let me keep the windows, if I promised to seal some of them off.  Here I am caulking one of the old windows closed.  The middle window still works, but the two side ones are closed.  We kept the window weights in tact. We just stuffed them with insulation to help with drafts.  The mechanics of all the windows are good, so if we ever wanted to make them operational again, we could.

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Sealing the ceiling with polycrylic. Love this stuff!

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I had bought this transom window a couple of years ago because I had always loved the one my mother-in law had at her house. I saw this on a virtual garage sale group that we have in our area.  I was so excited to find this, I drove 40 minutes away to pick it up. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at the time, but now, I can’t imagine my bathroom without it.

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When the bathroom was taking shape, I saw there was an open area above the pony wall that separated the toilet from the vanity.  After measuring, I saw it fit perfect.  I found a post on clearance at a local hardware store, cleaned up the  transom window (sanded, painted and learned to window glaze!) and was more than pleased with how everything fit.

I found this  chandelier at a garage sale about 10 years ago. There was no price on it.  It was in a large dirty cardboard box under a table.  Before I picked up the nasty box, I asked for a price. The lady said – $20.  I paid her, grabbed the box and happily ran to the car to take a better look at my find.  It was nasty and dirty from mice chewing on parts of it, but after a good cleaning and replacing a few minor parts, we have a real beauty on our hands. I love this light.

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A couple of weeks ago, I walked into our bathroom early in the morning and was surprised by this sight.  This picture still puts a smile on my face – so pretty.

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Before

Here is the condition of the floors before they were refinished.

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After

So amazed by this transformation!  These are all original long leaf pine.  So beautiful!

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Our almost finished master bath.

For those of you wondering – The bead board wall is painted in “Dewey” by Sherwin Williams.  All trim is painted in “Glass of Milk” by Sherwin Williams. The painted walls are a customized color that is 50% “Gray Owl” by Benjamin Moore.  The vanity was from Builder Surplus.  The tub and fixtures were a Varage Sale find that ended up being owned by a friend at our church.  The simulated marble surround on the master shower is from Brenham Area Marble.  All trim work was done by Perez Cabinets. The glass door was from Old Mill Creek Glass. Floor refinishing by JM Beautiful Floors.  The plumbing was done by Plumbing That Works. The rest was done by yours truly, Hubby and some great help.

There are still a few more things to do in the bathroom – mirrors for one, but it’s mostly there.  So thankful for the beauty of color that was apart of this room, and a husband who let me run with it and dream.

 

 

 

Priorities

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This wonderful husband of mine was crawling in a ditch laying electrical wire to the garage, while I was gathering any 2×4’s I could find to give to our amazing handyman, Seth.  This picture is one of the few we have taken together in our labor of love and craziness.  But, we are getting there.  Remembering everyday how thankful we are to have each other, our wonderful family, this beautiful piece of Texas and a very big God who has walked with us each stage of this journey.

I haven’t posted in awhile, because honestly, I was overwhelmed and a bit discouraged. Some of the toughest parts of our journey happened in February and March. I was stretched and limited in so many ways.  Then, about a month ago, I was feeling discouraged, tired and stressed out.  I talked to my dad and he asked how I was doing.  I told him that things had gotten really hard.  My dad said, “Well, I know you are good with your morning quiet times with the Lord.”  I stopped him right there.  “Dad, I haven’t been having them. I am so tired and I get up early every morning to meet different workers or crews coming to the house.”  My ever encouraging dad, scolded me and basically said – It doesn’t matter how early you have to get up, or how tired you are, you have to give each day to the Lord.  How right he was.

For the past several months, I had been doing it on my own strength, which was not very strong or very wise. I said pocket prayers as I was driving and saw my joy waning. The witness I could have been to others, was lacking.  Needless to say – it was a wake up call. So, for the past month, my coffee and my Bible are starting each morning.  It has been good for me to focus on something other than myself and my day.  To take my eyes off of me, has been a way to lift the burden I had been feeling.  Things aren’t perfect, but they are better.  We are making good progress on projects, but we still have a lot of life happening around us to keep up with too – graduations, birthdays, holidays – you know – life.  Good stuff. Tough stuff. In between stuff.  But doing life without the Lord actively apart of it, is heavy and comber some.  Consequences come when the Lord takes a back seat.  Though things are better, I find myself going back to Him in humility and earnestness.  I am so thankful to have such a good God in my life, one who knows me, sees me and forgives me continually.  For now, that’s my Little Piece of Texas – I’ll post some new project pics soon.

May God’s grace fill you and yours.   Blessings – Staci

Drywall!

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I am so excited to see the room coming together!!  This room is in the old military barracks that was attached to the farm house when we bought it.  We had the rooms framed back in September to help with the roof support. Dave and I marked and measured the rooms with blue painters tape and they literally placed 2×4’s over the top of the blue tape to build the walls.

The slideshow is all before and afters. One of the photos I took the pic looking toward the entry and the other is looking back. I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me and hubby, Dave.  Plus our $ is about out!  So glad we got this far!!!

The drywall work will be done by the end of this week.  I seriously can’t stop smiling!

Laundry Room Prep

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In case you haven’t noticed, I love reclaimed wood.  Reclaimed wood with great color always brings a big smile to my face. These little lovelies will be a part of the back wall in my laundry room.  I have one of my favorite chandeliers going in, a cast iron sink, some old glass washboards, a canvas rolling laundry basket, hopefully some fun shelving and I even have a wonderful stained glass window that’s already been installed.

The laundry room is on the section of the house that we considered tearing down.  It’s an old army barrack that was a flooring showroom, then who knows what.  It ended up on our property before we bought it and was in horrible repair.

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This is my friend Risa, and wonderful helper. We are standing in the middle of the old barracks.  This pic was taken a few months after we had been working on the house. The framing is up, the old flooring is mostly gone and the roof isn’s sagging any more. Behind Risa, is a small framed opening.  That is my some-day laundry room.

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This picture is the corner where my laundry room will be.  This picture was taken right after we bought the house. See the floor?  It was one of probably 15 different types of flooring that covered this building.

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The window with plywood partly over it, is where my stained glass window is now. Both the siding and the window were sold to people who would reuse and enjoy them.

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This picture is of the laundry area before the new siding went up.  I had to show you my super great door.  This door was in a bedroom, but I moved it so it could be enjoyed even more.

The crazy thing about this laundry room, is I planned most of it before a stud was set. I didn’t have the sink at that time, which would have helped the door placement.  The sink led to finding the right sized laundry basket to fit in a small nook. The laundry room was really fun, because it’s small and it really has no interest to hubby except function. I have been a free spirit in dreaming.

This week, the insulation went up(I will post a pick of that later). The drywall goes up next week, which is why I am sanding and preparing like crazy.  I need to get the wood walls up, before the drywall.  The drywall guys are awesome and can set it right up to the wood, so I don’t need any trim or inside cove on the sides.

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I started sanding each board with 60 grit sand paper.  If it came off quickly, I would change to a higher grit like 80 or 100.

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Each board sanded down differently, so I made sure to apply light pressure until I could figure out how it would sand.  Some were stubborn on one end, then sanded quickly on the other end.  Needless to say, I took time on each board, so I could get the best possible color out of them.

Once I got close to the colors I wanted, I did a finish sanding with a 220 or 120 grit paper.  I am really happy with the results.

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I thought I had sanded enough boards, until I laid them out on the floor in the laundry room. Fortunately, I have plenty of yellow and pink boards, so I will be sanding more this week.

All the boards came from the house, though I am not quite sure where. We took a wall down in the main house on a day I was at my part time job.  I am guessing these were behind drywall, because I don’t remember seeing them before they ended up in a pile of reclaimed wood in the pole barn.  I am very thankful that our workers, took the time and effort to remove them with care. They all knew how I love old wood. The other big plus, is that these boards are almost completely nail free!!  So, they are in really good condition.

Eventually, I’ll post pictures of the finished product.  It’s exciting to see dreamy ideas come together.

Yesterday, while I was sanding, I was thinking about how thankful I was.  Thankful to have the freedom to be creative.  Thankful to have a husband who lets me have fun with this big project.  Thankful to have people around who are capable of making it happen. And… so very thankful to have such a big God who loves seeing us enjoy life and using our gifts in unique ways.

A Little Bit of Fun

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When we began the demo on the master bathroom, we found a turquoise painted ceiling with heavy glue stuck to it from the ceiling tile squares that were there before. Clay and Mark sanded down this ceiling and got the gook off that had held those wonderfully awful ceiling tiles.  This is the end result of the sanding. I am a blue lover, so this was a wonderful surprise.

*Below is a before shot of the bathroom and the hallway next to it that shows off those lovely tiles.

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This is an upside down happy face.  So I look even happier.  After the sanding and gook removal, we had some patching to do.  Seth handled that.

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Mark had caulked the big gaps, but I hadn’t thought ahead and we had white caulk streaks.  So, I mixed some paints to get a turquoise that was close.  I did a bit of blending in some of the cracks to cover the white caulk lines and to tie the colors together.

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After three coats of polycrylic, the finished project was wonderful.

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It literally took a village of us.  So thankful for some really great help. Feel incredibly blessed and wonderfully happy with this great ceiling.

*Just  a note*

The month of December was a tough one for the remodel and for Dave and I.  Weather, delays and stress brought me down a bit.  My phone stopped taking pictures and one of our daughters had surgery.  My Grandma passed away and the holidays were not as relaxed as usual.  I think I had my plate overflowing.  But.. through prayers, patience, perseverance, my wonderful husband, family, friends and a very big God, things turned around.  Our crews aren’t as big, but are so wonderful.  The help we have had in the last 6 weeks has been a tremendous blessing.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude.  We are beginning to see some exciting progress.  The construction loan is almost gone, but we are down to a few big projects that should fit into the budget.

Hope to get more pics out soon.  Glad you could follow along.

Becoming Real

img_6367This picture was taken the morning of January 3, by my hubby Dave. We still have a lot of work to do on the inside, but it is so wonderful to see something finished.  Granted – the door knobs aren’t all on yet, and the ceiling fans need to be hung, but we can see a glimmer of light that beckons us home.

I have not posted pictures in awhile for two reasons – First, I got really discouraged.  We were working so hard, spending lots of money and only seeing more work.  At Thanksgiving my mother-in-law Mary was visiting and she said. “All of a sudden, things will turn the corner.”  She was so right.  I used that as my mantra for several weeks.  When the building crew and the painters finished at the same time, I felt this weight lift. I guess the realization that something could actually get finished, brought me a lot of hope.  I am talking lots of hope. The holidays also helped.  They helped us to slow down and take some time off.  I think we both desperately needed that.

The second reason why I had not posted pictures in awhile is because of my phone. Yes!  It came down to technology.  I didn’t want to complain, but my old iphone 4 was not up to the job.  I had deleted everything I could delete off my phone and I still couldn’t take more than a few pictures at a time.  So…my wonderful hubby got me a refurbished iphone 6 for Christmas.  I can’t believe the difference! He said I went from 16 GB to 128 GB!  It’s been amazing!!!

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This pic was taken the day after Thanksgiving when I was working a sale at Leftovers Antiques. Dave came in the store in a panic and said, “The crew took down the wall on the backside of the house by the garage.”  We both freaked out a bit.  The last time I had talked to the foreman, they were going to be repairing the old original porch. We were both happy for the progress, but had to regroup a bit mentally.  Even though we had a foreman, Dave and I were the main runners of materials and all things that had to do with the building. So… Dave was literally on the run that day.

Inside the building, you can see the very large stack of cypress siding. The original house is all cypress, so we debated about how to meld the two buildings together the best way possible. We decided to work with the original details as much as we could. It took quite a bit of research and talking to several long time contractors to learn how to prepare this siding for longevity. I’ll post our research and how we prepared this siding in another post.img_6212

Don’t you just love the white door in this pic.  It’s going to be the door to my laundry room. Even now, I am sitting at the computer smiling.  In fact, the little room it is in, is my future laundry room.

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I love seeing these pictures, because this is time gone by!!!!  So happy!  Thank you Lord!!!

A Few After Pics

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My wonderful table and silk flowers have been in the center of my almost living room for a couple of weeks now.  This little duo has been an encouragement to me to keep pressing on, even though the walls have just primer of them, you can see the beauty of our newly refinished floors and the amazing views out the windows.

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I took this before I left today.  So encouraged to see the tile finished, the sink and toilet in, bath tub fixtures are set and I even have a lock on the door for privacy.  Tomorrow, I will touch up the trim and do a little cleaning.  Below are a few before “before” pictures taken a couple of months ago.

It’s crazy looking at these “before”pics and all the changes that have happened.

I haven’t posted pictures in awhile, because honestly, I was a little discouraged.  But today, some things began to change and I was paying more attention to listening to God.  I also had Victor at the house steadily cutting trim, fixing windows, putting up drywall and …. I got the siding and painting scheduled! Wahoo!  It’s amazing how these little things really keep your spirits up.

Looking forward to posting more finished or almost finished pics.  Blessings!!!

Sometimes It’s a Bit Discouraging

The next few pics are of things that just didn’t work out right or were mistakes from some of my crew that I am trying to fix.  Felt most of this week was cycling backwards, but so thankful for some wonderful people who stopped by during the week and encouraged me! These friends, and others who came by before, and the reminder that God is walking with us in all of this, is what got me going today.  It’s days like today and yesterday that I really make me miss my girls and Abdel who are not close by. I also miss my out of state family like crazy right now. Praying this week has good progress, which always leads to encouragement.  If any of you that are reading this are people who pray – please pray for me.  This was a rough week.

Mistake #1 – I was so excited about my tile that was laid with tedious perfection by our contractor Shawn Raggo.  But my choice in grout did it no favors.  I went to Home Depot late – they had no samples – I was tired and wanted to finish my list before they closed.  I debated about a light grey or white.  Went with white because I figured it would bleach out easy like my white shower grout does.  Didn’t consider that it would take away the wonderful detail of the spiral.

Talked to my brother Jeremy today – who is not only a mosaic genius, but an encouraging brother.  This made me feel better.  So wishing he was close by to help me trouble shoot. But, off to Fischer Tile tomorrow to see if once its cured, if I can stain it.  Even a slight color shade would bring out the wonderful spiral.  I figure worse case,  I may not seal it and let it get a bit dirty.  We’ll see.  If you have any brilliant ideas – Please let me know!

 

Mistake #2 for this week.  This picture is actually a mistake made by my wonderful door spraying Abel, who tapes everything, except the door mechanism.  I was all excited to get the doors hung on Aaron’s room, when everything went out the window.  The door mechanism was one of many problems.  But…. I did learn to take an old door latch apart to clean it, so it moves again.  I cleaned and repaired 3 doors on Saturday.

Because the door latch wouldn’t move, I had to take it all apart and clean and scrape the outside latch.  It wasn’t a huge deal, just one more thing that got put to the top of the “to-do list”.

Issue #3 – This wasn’t a mistake, just an issue we weren’t prepared for.

So, Saturday – Aaron, Michael and I were going to get all of Aaron’s doors up, shelves and hopefully curtain rod.  Well, several hours later, we got one door up.

We decided to put different hinges on Aaron’s doors, which he liked better.  This allowed me to use the old brass hinges in more visible places.  So…”Win, win.” Right?  Well, Michael and Aaron got his closet double doors hung, but they would not close.  I realized then, that Aaron’s doors needed to be notched because the hinges fit differently than the old ones.  So, we pulled them all off.  Michael tried using a chisel on them, but it took a long time and didn’t work as well as we hoped.

Today, my wonderful husband got us a piece to attach to his router.  Wha La!  On the positive side – Aaron now has a new skill.  He has one more door to notch.  We are all thankful for attachments that make life easier.

I think for me, this week was so hard, because I felt like I was working all the time, but got nothing done – at least very little visual improvement.  Also, Abel, Juan and Fransisco were on another job. I saved quite a bit of labor costs this week, but progress was also an issue. Kind of a catch 22.  Made the decision that saving some labor costs was a good thing for the next couple weeks, so my little trio will not be around for a bit.

I know so much of this is prep and things you don’t see. Like the guy at Ace – mistinting my paint, which meant one more trip to the paint store. I also had three dump runs this week, not to mention putting together a burn pile for the wood scraps. But… I can back up our little trailer by myself.  It takes a few tries, but I can get it in, especially if I have someone helping. 😉

Signing out for now.  I am tired.  Blessings!

Prep Work

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This pic was actually from yesterday. I was sanding doors and cleaning hinges. Sanded down the front and back of two doors.  I decided to prime one and the best primer I had was a quick dry oil based primer.  Needless to say, when it says quick dry, they mean quick dry.  I brushed it on and went to use my brush to blend and go over it, and it began to goop up.  I should have stopped right there.  But no – “I’ve got this.”  Well, one side of the door is gooped up pretty bad, so….. back to the sanding block tomorrow.

Today, Frank and his crew went inside.  They demoed the closet and more demo on the master bedroom walls.  They got all the nasty bug ridden insulation out, knocked out the cement faux brick that was in the closet (At one time the closet was the front of the house.) and took out a lot of rotted stuff.  Victor was framing in the new windows for our master at the end of the day.  Our windows were from Lowes clearance shelf.  Nothing fancy, but cheap.  We figured it didn’t matter a whole lot and it was nice saving a few bucks when we could.

The kitchen cabinet maker came by today.  Lots to think about and consider.  I am looking forward to his drawings. We also had Danny our plumber come by and get the plumbing for the hot water heater set.

One really great thing about doing a blog, is the people you come in contact with through it. Today, Kaylee came by.  She had shown the house as a realtor and was anxious to see it first hand. I love having people come by.  It’s so encouraging, especially with those who have seen it before. Then, my Uncle Ray and I talked about hinges and painting for at least 30 minutes. He is an amazing painter and had lots of good tips for me.  There is even a slight chance I may be able to fly him out to help with some painting.  So.. we’ll see. May try to talk my dad into that too.

Here is a good reason to sand and prime before you paint. This gooey mess, was the old paint I was sanding off.

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Besides cleaning hinges, I have also been cleaning door knob plates.  Here are some pictures of that.

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Plate after being soaked in lacquer thinner.

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After a little scrubbing.  I also use a steel brush.

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OOOO steel wool.

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The end result. I am not looking for perfection on these, because I will prime and paint them anyways.  Just getting the flaky stuff off.

Back to work tomorrow.  Hope to have good progress to report this weekend!  Blessings!

 

Cleaning Hinges

I watched some of the guys we were paying, cleaning and scrubbing the old door hinges. I considered the amount of money it cost me to have them do this, and I thought – I’d better learn. Here’s what they told me…

Soak the metal pieces in lacquer thinner.  Make sure it has a closed lid, because it evaporates quickly. I soaked mine overnight, but it really doesn’t take much time.

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As you can see, the paint just lifts off.  Once you pull them out of the lacquer thinner, you must work fairly fast.  It’s easier to get the paint off while it is still wet.

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I used a small scrapper at first, then this wire brush to get into all the narrow spots.

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Next, I used OOOO fine steel wool to rub off the rest. I didn’t want to scratch my hinges with the rough bristles of my small wire brush.

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Once I rubbed off all or most of the paint, I used 3-in-one oil to add some depth and lubrication to my hinges.  Now, my work crew didn’t tell me this, but I was at Home Depot getting paint samples and listening to people talk. This one man seemed to know a lot about painting and handyman skills, so I asked him. He’d not cleaned the hinges like I had, but he thought it through. The 3-in-one oil was his suggestion.  It’s easy and I liked the results. I liked how it brightened up my hinges without needing to put any type of clear coat on them.

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I was very happy with the results.

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Friday, I have a new crew who will be hanging some doors in the mostly finished house, so I am trying to get things ready for them.