This is the second renovation post I’ve done recently, and that’s because we love to use the winter months to make every room, suite and cottage better in any way we can! Lopez was a major renovation that started with one focused area, as so many of them end up being. This is a phenomenon Anna Maria calls “project creep,” and it keeps us working around the clock, but the results are always rewarding.
The main point of starting on Lopez in the first place was that the bathtub needed to be converted into a walk-in shower. While we were scrutinizing that, we realized that the closet in the back bedroom could also use another look. We decided it needed some better storage options for guests, so we decided to renovate that too, adding drawers and shelves for guests’ use while staying with us.
Of course, after that it was decided that the closet doors looked out of place. So, we embraced our belief in being a greener property and rescued one of the doors from the pawn shop in town, before it was torn down. After five days straight of filling and sanding the door, which has five individual panels, we realized that it still didn’t look that great, and the decision was made to strip the whole thing down to bare wood and start from scratch.
Since we were restoring this door, the rest of the historic doors in the suite – three of them – needed to be restored as well. Erin spent three straight days stripping the rest of those doors, and while they were off the hinges, Chef Molly boiled all of the hardware (doorknobs, etc). This made it easy to remove multiple coats of old paint off the latches and handles.