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Friday, May 06, 2005

Heat Gun and I

I think Darwin is getting suspicious of my relationship with the heat gun. I spend every spare moment with it, affectionately aiming it's superheated nozzle and watching the paint cower before it.

Just look at all we've accomplished - Heat Gun and I - on the mantel:



I thought the mantel was nice before, but now that the thick layers of paint are peeling away, the little details are so much more defined. I was worried about getting the paint off this beaded edge, but the paint was so thick it came off in big chunks.



One issue is that Heat Gun, overzealous darling, is weakening whatever glue is holding the ornamental woodwork on the mantel face. Just around the edges, but it's making me work very cautiously.


P.S. Happy 22nd birthday, little sister.

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4 Comments:

Susie said...

Boy, you and that heat gun make a fine team! That mantel looks amazing!

9:02 AM  
Jocelyn said...

beautiful! Do you arms get tired? I only ask because that would be after an afternoon on heat gunning!

12:16 PM  
jenne said...

Kristin,
I have a question for you, since you are my heat gun ally.

What are you going to do with all your baseboard trim? I'm stripping the woods and such all over my house, and then I look down at the basetrim and I have no idea what to do with it. I tried to strip it, but it's never been finished underneath. How are you going to approach it?

8:25 PM  
Kristin said...

lakewood, yep my arms get tired. That's why I usually just do it for a few minutes or an hour at a time.

jenne, my baseboard trim has been finished underneath ... some is peeling off already so I can see it.

11:12 AM  

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