The Studio Door Project: Part One
So, you know those projects you start off all gun-ho and ready to jump into only to loose steam along the way? or other things take priority and it gets set aside? You end up passing it by day-after-day, as it's dust covered remains mock you.... saying, "I'm still here... unfinished... and slowly collecting enough dust to grow potatoes in..."
Sadly, I believe that it's quite a common problem that we all struggle with from time to time. Sometimes life gets in the way of fulfilling every inspired idea we have, but it's up to each of us to take back control of fulfilling our inspired ideas. You don't have to make time, you just have to take it and use it wisely. Easier said than done I know, but worth the effort.
That's why today I decided to begin the process of completing my very own naggingly unfinished business. I'm working on the refurbishing of an antique door that use to belong to a cabin in Big Bear. It's at the very least 100years old and was built using the peg construction method. I've been passing it by for a couple of years now, ever since I set down the sand paper and palette knife to focus on other things. It's sat there untouched, but not forgotten.
Any refurbishing project that starts with something old, and a bit on the worn-out side (putting it nicely), requires a bit of imagination and the ability to see the inner beauty and potential of the piece.
When I started this project a few years ago, the door was gorgeous but in need of much lovin'. It was covered in layers and layers of old pealing paint, and in need of some very minor repairs. Though you'd be surprised what some scrapping, sanding, and wood filler can do.
I got it cleaned up, only to get side tracked. What I've come back to years later (aka now), is a door that left unprotected by paint has began it literally come apart at the seams.
Though luckily because the door was constructed of solid hardwood it survived the neglect I've shown it pretty well intact.
The only remedy to its loss of structural integrity at this point? To start from the ground up. Taking the door lovingly and gently apart piece by piece to clean, sand, and put it back together securely, before painting it and giving it a personal and artistic touch.
I'll be posting further updates on the progress of this project, so stay tuned!