Jan 20, 2015

Bathroom Door

While working on the upstairs hall, I wanted to address the interior of the bathroom door. It was in bad shape - cracked and starting to peel. I think the humidity from the shower affected the many layers of old paint and helped hasten the aging process.

Some part of the paint had bubbled so badly the paint came off in thick chunks when I touched it. Layers of white, pink, teal… and under the teal there was a beautiful dark brown stain, probably the original door finish. Someday it would be amazing to strip and refinish the doors to a dark walnut… but I’ve heard it’s a huge pain and it’s not something we’re ready to do any time soon. So in the meantime, we just need to preserve the white paint and current finish. I decided to fill in the cracks and repaint the door with a fresh coat of white paint.

It looks much better now, though at some point we will have to address this door again. The humidity from the shower hasn’t done it any favors and we will have to do more than a quick patch job. You can still see the cracks and bubbles close up.

For now though - this looks a lot better and works just fine.


  1. This door looks like all of mine - cracked and alligatored. I assume it's because of improper preparation from the original shellac finish. I've started using the heat gun to take off the paint, then the shellac sticky gunk. It's not that bad if you have a heat gun. I like using it but I'm sure I have a whole lot more time on my hands than you all.

    1. I'm going to have to remember that - I've shied away from removing paint because of those nasty chemical strippers. When the time comes I'll have to try a heat gun!