Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I've Been Working On the Rail

"All the Live Long Day..." seriously. Or more like "we" have been working - hard!

So we last left off in our quest to refinish our old wrought iron rail with scrubbing the entire thing with wire brushes (and a Dremmel tool to get into the nooks and crannies) to get all the chipped and peeling paint off. It was exhausting, but it worked. Hallelujah.

Then it was time to sand down all those pits we'd created to make a nice and even surface for painting.

Which, as it turns out, is easier said than done.

We spent the better part of a nice upper-90 degrees, sunny and humid Saturday working on this lovely rail.

Oh boy was it fun! (that's sarcasm right there, incase you didn't catch that).

I used an oddly-shaped 80 grit sanding block to get into all the tiny nooks and sand down the intricate curves of the rail, while Tom had a grand ole' time with our electric hand sander using some 50 grit paper.

Sanding is just sooo much fun, isn't it? Ugh.

Anyways, despite losing steam about 30 minutes in and trudging through the rest of the 5 hours we worked on it, finally - FINALLY - we were done. And I swear we heard angels singing somewhere in the distance.

And despite us hating every second of that horrible step, we couldn't argue with the results - the sanding worked like a charm and the rail surface was pretty even and ready for paint.

Thank goodness! Now we can finally move on to the much more fun part of this Rail-y Fun Project - the actual painting!

What step in a project do you dread the most? Anyone else hate sanding as much as I do?
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  1. What I've learned recently is that I dread skim coating walls the most. As hard as I try to convince myself at work that I'm going to go home and work on it TONIGHT, I seldom do. It's just so BORING and anticlimactic. Congrats, you have smooth walls? It always feels like a wop wop moment.

  2. Wow that does NOT look like fun but it will be worth it! Can't wait to see the painted railing!

  3. We did this same exact thing to our railings two years ago, and I'm happy to say the paint has held up really well, except in parts where the railing was rusted through, but whatcha gonna do.


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