There are lots of things to fix up around the house. For example, everything. Whilst this leads me to decision paralysis, Julian jumped straight into to fixing up the front door. We’d been in here less than a month and he’d already pulled the original door off and replaced it with $50-Door.
We’d picked up $50-Door back when we lived in Yarraville. We needed a doggy door, and rather than risk the wrath of our landlord, Julian found $50-Door on e-bay, managing to transport it home in the Golf. Genius! For some reason which escapes me right now, we decided to bring $50-Door with us to Footscray. Super handy! But not super pretty. It made the entrance look like some sort of Soviet-era bunker. Now that the original door is back up, $50-Door is earmarked for it’s third (and likely final) use as Oliver’s coronavirus desk.
The original front door and surrounds comprised of a door with a stained glass panel, and three bubbled glass panels to the top, and top right of the door.
The first step was obviously removing the lead paint, which is where the gallon of Lead-Out came to the rescue. Lead-Out is advertised as being able to render lead-based paint non-toxic, making is safe for disposal. It was fascinating to watch it work. You mix up a batch with an activating powder and have 24-hours to use it. once smeared over the paint it visibly starts to work almost immediately, making the paint start to bubble. Then it can be quite easily removed using a paint scrapper. Julian had to put two layers on, to make sure all the lead paint was removed, but it worked like a charm. Julian also stripped the front door surrounds, but in situ. Messy but also effective.
Next came the bogging and the sanding. And the bogging and the sanding. And the bogging and the sanding. Julian was impressed by the utility of the Builders Bog. Fill a hole, wait an hour and it’s as hard as wood. Super handy.
Whilst Julian was fixing up the wood, we had Michael at Ageless Leadlight fixing up the original leadlight, as well as making new leadlight for the surrounding panels. This was all courtesy of Don who gave Julian the gift of Leadlight Restoration as a Christmas present. We visited Michael a few times at his house in South Kingsville where he works out of his garage. He has an amazing knowledge on the history of local glass, including the white bubbly glass shown below which is local to Spotswood. Click below to see Michael’s story on the restoration of our door.
Julian putting the door in place.
The (almost) finished product is shown below. We’re currently undecided on the final colour so it remains Undercoat of White for now.