Stripping pocket doors

We were in a celebratory mood after we secured a pair of affordable pocket doors. That said, we couldn’t be hundred percent sure they were what we imagined until after Cathy had stripped them off the white paint.

The bulk of the paint came off with the Silent Paint Remover.  However, the Silent Paint Remover works best on thick layers of paint, so removing the thin layers on these doors was a challenge.


Things began to look promising with practice, and Cathy removed any remaining paint residue with the SOY Gel, until the doors were spotless and then sanded them to a beautiful finish.

They do exhibit the typical wear and tear. That was not only expected, but also desired. We are of the opinion that it adds charm and character and makes the doors a good fit for our old house.

With that cleared up, I can now begin to think about the framing, about how to fit them into the wall space between the library and living room.

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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