I've never liked my front door. It's old (original to the house, so 50 years old now). It doesn't fit right (you can see daylight on 3 of the sides, with LOTS of drafts too). And it's kind of ugly.
The previous owners painted it. It doesn't look that bad from away:
But up close, it was an AWFUL paint job.
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha - boy oh BOY was I ever wrong!
So here it is, mid stripping:
I bought more stripper - this time the stuff was supposed to go through 7 layers of paint. It lied. But it did get through about 5. I tried standing it off (nope, my electric sander died instead). I did everything. Finally (after close to 20 hours of crazy crazy work), I just decided to give up and spray paint the whole thing.
Of course, I couldn't get the pins out by myself. So I had to do it in place. I taped off everything (and used 4 plastic drop cloths to cover the wall, ceiling, and floor all around it. Then I did 4 coats of spray paint (light, about 30 minutes dry in between) and ended up with this:
I like this door SOOOO Much better now. Ok, in this shot, it's not completely dry, and WAY not cured. I left the door open like this all day long for almost a week (only closing/locking it at night).
I'd even say it's awesome, until you look at it closely. You can see every place that the old paint is still there. There's a ridge each time. And some stripper got on the door knob, so it's really worn and ugly now. In fact, it looks downright awful in person, up close.
But, BUT - I do like it better. and it will work until we save up and replace it. I'm thinking I'll paint the real new door the same color!