About 10 years ago, my husband and I moved into an old house located in a charming seaside town in Massachusetts. Not long after we moved in, we were watching a rerun of the PBS series, “This Old House.” (TOH) that covered the exterior painting of an even older home than ours in an even more charming seacoast town, Salem, Mass. This episode featured no ordinary paint job...nope, the focus of the show was all about how they were going to paint the front door.
The host interviewed the painting contractor, who revealed that he was using a product called “Swedish putty” to smooth the surfaces on the door as well as the reeded columns flanking the grand entry to the house. He proceeded to have his crew demo the product and, with a simple swipe up and down of the plastic applicator he cut, it was done. Later, the door was shown, now clad in Swedish putty and the very special paint, and it was something to see! Having witnessed this, I immediately wanted to have my front door look just like it, and ran off to find out more about this miracle: Swedish putty.
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