So, we recently had 4T Door install our 3 beautiful, wood garage doors. We are extremely pleased! We have a new front door currently being constructed (to match the garage doors) and we have a color selected to paint the small stucco area around the windows and door. However, I made the mistake of searching Pinterest (Trent would give anything for me to delete that app) for the support arches (corbels). I found a pic of some beautiful wood arches that matched the garage doors and instantly thought, “how hard can it be to strip them and stain them to match?” Hard, friends. Very hard. In this case, actually impossible. I
wasted spent an entire weekend trying various items (different concoctions to strip the paint, sanding, pressure washing, you name it).
In the end, I learned that when a piece of wood is soaked in creosote, it’s not coming off. I also learned exactly how terrible creosote is.
Long story short: We are having a friend (who happens to be a genius with wood) re-build new arches. The problem now is how enormous the wood is. Turns out, you can hardly even buy wood this big (actually, you can’t). I can hardly wait to have a true before/after photo to show you…but it’s going to be a little more of a wait.