Some quick information regarding stripping back to wood. Last year did these projects. Do not use chemicals, so used a hot air burner and a little Bahco scraper to do the whole lot.
The paint on doors and staircase was pretty good for melting off with use of the hot air burner. The varnish underneath it wasn’t. The floorboards had a surround strip of dark dry varnish too. The Bahco scraper was tedious but tackled the ‘getting rid of the floor and door old varnish’ job well. I’d recommend it all day long. My hands didn’t. Nor my knees. Nor my right arm either. 😳 Caught a patient who was falling and badly strained my right arm tendons and muscles. Took months on months to finally get comfortable again.
The blanket box was easy. Old Briwax to scrape off basically.
Jute carpet in the ‘future soon’ for the stairs and landing. Happy!
So it was little by little and most of the time was simply having patience to keep on at it. Once done. Waxed everything afterwards. Thing is. As a full time Staff Nurse the time to spend on house and gardening was pretty difficult. Things got very shabby! So it is good to have some quality time to simply do something on the place. After the stresses of the last two years it was essential for my biological, psychological and sociological well being to be honest.