Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Door'd (part 2)

The doors in this house: they are terrible.

From Occupy Archives: Typical door in this house. I have nine (9) of these in various shapes and sizes.  Flat panel, hollow core.

I must actually purposefully frame out the doors in every photograph I take. I took a trip down to the Occupy Archives, and the above photographs was really all I could come up with.  It's revealing: I must be really ashamed of these doors.  Ashamed of myself for buying a house with doors like this, and ashamed that humankind would produce something this terrible for general consumption.

I could write a book about how much I despise these things.  But, in the interest of keeping all four (4) of my loyal readers, I'm going to keep this weblog post positive and productive.  If you guys know me at all, you know what a challenge this will be.

So-- what's an occupier to do with doors like this?

Well, I pulled all the hardware and labeled everything, including which was is "up" on the doors.  My first idea is to paint these things. For those of you who aren't locals, South Philly row homes are basically caves, with windows are the front and back... most have "cut-ins", between houses, in the back of the to allow light into the middle of the house.  Thus, it only makes sense to begin by brightening up the doors a bit with a fresh coat of paint.

First, I tried to sand off all the polyurethane on veneer in order to get good adhesion with the primer.  That took a little longer than anticipated (half a day! ugh).  Again, its not always about difficulty of task.. its more about moving giant objects around in cramped quarters and trying to do that task in shifts.  I sanded these out on the slab, three at a time.

The good news is that these guys are flat, so I can roll the primer and paint right on.  No brushes!  That means no brush strokes and no washing brushes!  I swear that whenever I paint, my water bill goes up by about 15%.  Its from spending twenty minutes in the basement trying to get paint out of my brushes.  I'm ready to here any and all suggestions on how to expedite that process.

The players, all lined up after a first coat.  Not all doors are created equal.  While most people prefer the rectangular shape, I sometimes like the parallelogram shape featured in the center here.
I didn't want to sand in the house, but after that its time to some of the fellas inside for a coat of paint and primer.

Ad hoc paint station. aka: a new dining room table 
Some people like to enjoy the company of friends and family in their dining room, especially around the holiday when its time to give thanks and break bread with our loved ones.  Obviously, the Occupy Crüe does not buy into that silly notion.  We are thankful for some time away from our day jobs to actually get some stuff done at the site!

Anyway, things are brightening up for these doors, but I'm not done yet.  Stay tuned.


  1. Ahh, this is great. My biggest fear was that sanding off the polyurethane would cause the doors to just disintegrate - good to see you were left with something usable. Did you take it off by hand or use something like an orbit sander?

    1. palm sander, definitely not by hand!

      I'll admit: I did need to do some repairs. A few of the doors were becoming de-laminated, which I clamped and glued together. Aside from that, the edges are pretty chewed up on some of these, but its adding to the overall charm... I think.