The Cross House

Removing Alligators from the Cross House. PART IV

This is post #4 on my efforts restoring the finish of the pair of inner entry doors at the Cross House. This is the BEFORE image.


And the AFTER.
And the AFTER. Whoee!!!!!!!! The nice thing about the process (using denatured alcohol) is that it does not remove the finish down to bare wood, but rather just takes off the old, darkened, alligatored later finishes.


And more AFTER, which looks rather better…


1999. Terrifying.
…than it did in 1999.



9 Responses to Removing Alligators from the Cross House. PART IV

  1. What a great reward for all your careful efforts. It still takes time to achieve these results. I am curious about the the floor before the doors. Is it tile, cement ? It looks like a pattern of sorts.

    • The Cross House has three vestibules, and two original bathrooms. Each floor is by the American Encaustic Tiling Company. I did several posts on the subject.

  2. Sometimes elbow grease isn’t enough. It’s the love of the house that kicks in when you have used up all your energy. Question: Denatured alcohol I’ve never used. What all can it be used for/on to resolve finishes ? I’m learning so much about old houses and restoration processes from you. Thank you!

  3. Those doors have come up beautifully Ross. I am enjoying watching your progress on this most beautiful of houses, how lucky you are.

    p.s I read and drool with jealously all the way from New Zealand!

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