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La Jolla Athenaeum Door Restoration

My childhood library in La Jolla is now the La Jolla Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. Driving by as I often do, I noticed the natural wood doors were not looking up to snuff. Now that my kids are grown and enjoying my as The La Jolla house painter , I offered my services gratis, to refinish these two French doors facing onto Girard Avenue.

Door refinishing is a specialty of ours at Peek Brothers and I enjoy the opportunity to work with the tools of my trade to keep my hometown looking sharp


• The wood door was in very poor condition so I stripped off the existing varnish.
• Using a Festool German vacuum sander, I removed all the old finish down to bare wood.
• Sikkens Cetol 1 stain was applied to darken the wood and bring out the Douglas Fir graining
• Three coats of Cetol 23 Plus was applied with sanding in between to insure a super smooth finish.
• The Cetol 123 Plus product builds to a nice satin sheen that is a touch softer and stays more resilient to heavy sun exposure than say, a spar varnish, which over time becomes harder and more brittle and thus prone to failure, especially on softer woods that expand and contract with heat and humidity changes like pine or Douglas fir.
• Entry doors or patio furniture made of Teak or Mahogany are very stable woods that look just stunning with Cetol Marine, a satin finish that is slightly tinted to enrich these natural hardwoods
If you have a front (or side) door that has been beaten up by the sun and needs some attention, we really enjoy wood refinishing and making the entry to your home really shine
You might wonder why I mention the sander I used by name? Festool makes quite possibly the finest sanding and dust collector system in the business. I particularly like that the sander has a very tight oscillation so it never leaves swirls in the wood that can ruin a finish. Also the vacuum attachment keeps dust out of the work area as it is collected right through the sander. When you are applying a fine finish, you cannot have any dust present. Clients love that it keeps our work areas nice and clean 
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Refinishing Entry Doors

Entry doors can get damaged by the sun. Proper preparation and refinishing will keep this door beautiful for years

Wood doors need to be maintained. If exposed to heavy sun and water, these doors need periodic maintenance
To refinish:

  1. If badly failing; remove all finish by stripping and sanding
  2. Stain wood to even color with Cetol 1 or Sansin
  3. Apply two to three coats of tinted Cetol23 Plus or Sansin
  4. Maintain every two years with a refresher coat and door will be beautiful for years

Refinishing natural wood home
Refinishing Teak Deck
Sansin refinish on mahogany door and windows
More on refinishing garage doors and entry doors
Deck refinishing
Refinishing teak furniture
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Restoration of Historic 1921 Alexander Schreiber House in Mission Hills

This California Bungalow, Craftsman style bungalow in beautiful Mission Hills and been poorly painted over the years having extensive paint failure and rot requiring paint stripping and epoxy repairs of wood windows and doors. The main problem was that long in the past, paint was applied directly over slick varnish or glossy lead paint. Subsequent paint coats finally broke free in what is technically termed “multiple coat adhesion failure”

Peek Brothers Fine Home Painting chemically stripped the paint and sanded with German Festool sanders attached to HEPA filtered dust extractors; we treated the rotted or termite damaged wood with boric acid and then consolidated with Smith’s CPES Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer followed by System Three Epoxy filler. After these repairs we primed and then caulked all seams at wood/wood and wood/glass junctions before applying two finish coats of Benjamin Moore Aura. This was a labor of love for us as we really enjoy restoring historic homes!

Albertini Windows and Doors Refinished with Sansin Classic and ENS

This beautiful beach area home designed by Laura DuCharme Conboy is a perfect example of relaxed California living.
Albertini doors and windows are of solid mahogany and were imported from Italy to give this home a warm, yet sophisticated look. Over the years a subsequent owner had improperly used varnish over the original finish and Peek Brothers was called to deal with excessive peeling of the surfaces coating.

After extensive review of available coatings it was determined that Sansin stains and finishes would give the new, discriminating owner that “as new” look and durability we were looking for. After striping all surfaces and applying wood bleach; the wood was conditioned using Sansin conditioner to even the porosity of the wood which was then stained with Sansin Classic and then finished with 4 coats of Sansin ENS. The results were stunning.

Teak Deck Refinishing with Festool Sanders and Sikkens Cetol

Teak is one of the most durable woods available for decking or exterior furniture. That is why it is commonly used on the finest yachts and homes. Be aware though that it does need to be maintained if you want to keep that deep, rich color and not a dull gray look!

Once Teak gets to a grayed state,the wood will require extensive preparation by pressure washing with oxygen based bleach, sanding, and three coats of Sikkens Cetol or Sikkens SRD. By consistent, yearly re-coating, you will avoid the time consuming preparation and keep your deck or furniture wood looking deep, rich and gorgeous!

Unique Paint Jobs

Once in a while we are asked by our wonderful clients, to refinish some pretty unique items. It is a real honor to be their trusted painter and we love to figure out ways to please them. Sometimes it takes some creative thinking so we can say, “yes of course, we can do that for you!”
Here is the story of this unique paint job:
For years the grandkids would run in the door and jump on “Wolfie” a little wicker animal that the owner had picked up with her late husband while traveling in Mexico. Well the grandkids have grown up and old Wolfie was looking a bit worn as his original varnished finish was gone.

Wolfie The Wonder Dog!

Wolfie The Wonder Dog!

The precious memory of those visits from the grandkids were as fresh as ever and it was time to fix up old Wolfie to match the memories. After some thought we decided to use wood bleach to even out the discoloration on his “coat”; we then applied 3 coats of Sikkens Cetol Marine, an amber tinted marine finish, that will keep Wolfies coat shiny and bright for the next generation!

Restoring a Richard Neutra Designed Home

Famed architect Richard Neutra designed and built 4 homes in San Diego. This residence near San Diego State was built in 1960 and is a beautiful mix of white stucco, floor to ceiling glass and natural redwood. Neutra worked with Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolf Schindler early in his career. Neutra became known for spare and open structures that took advantage of the moderate west coast climate.

A previous owner had put many coats of varnish over the exterior wood that was originally specified by the architect to be simply oiled. The hard glossy varnish gave the house a “Brassy” look and was blistering, de-laminating and peeling everywhere. The home had lost its organic look.
Our stripping and sanding this beautiful wood was quite a task but my oh my what a pleasure it was to put fresh, penetrating oil on that wood…there is nothing more beautiful than clear heart, tight grained redwood!

This gorgeous structure took a lot of elbow grease  but it was a labor of love….I even have a portrait of the completed guest house in my office! We used various products: Amteco TWP 1501, Sikkens Cetol Marine and Festool vacuum attached sanders to keep sanding dust at a minimum and get this pristine result. The owner was so pleased that we were commissioned to refinish the interior as well.

Refinishing Wood Entry Doors and Garage Doors

Wood doors and garage doors are beautiful greetings to us when we enter and exit our homes….but when they are worn or improperly maintained they can look terrible. How do we get these wonderful entrances to our homes looking so good?

Preparation is key to refinishing wood doors and garage doors!

When we first encounter a wood door that has not been properly maintained it often in such bad shape that we have to do an in depth prep…..Here is a step by step approach

  1. We start by chemical stripping to remove all old finishes.
  2. Sand sanding to remove all remaining finish and damaged wood.
  3. Using wood bleach (not household bleach!), bring wood to even color.
  4. Fill heavy damage with epoxy filler
  5. Apply stain to desired color
  6. Apply a minimum of 3 coats of finish
  7. Apply a clear caulk at sill/door frame junction

To keep a wood entry door or garage door maintained, it needs to be re-coated about every 2 years or so depending on exposure. If you wait too long you will have to strip and bleach again!

There is the classic finish of spar varnish which is available in gloss and satin…if you choose this, go to a Boat/Marine store and ask for the premium grade …expect to pay $50 a quart….it is worth it! This system requires more maintenance and is prone to peeling over time

I prefer another system that we use quite a bit, with super results over the long term: Sikkens brand:  SRD , Log and Siding or Cetol 1 and Cetol 23Plus. This is a stain and translucent tinted finish that provides wonderful protection and a beautiful look. This is an especially great product if epoxy filler has been used and the color needs to be evened out.

Deck Refinishing Done Properly

How many times have you looked at your wood deck and think, “It sure has lost its beauty over the years” and, “It will never look good again”. Well take a look at these  pictures and what I have to say, because with just a little consistent attention to deck refinishing and maintenance, your wood deck can be a showpiece.

deck refinished with translucent oil

Many people just forget about their deck until it is to a point where they think it is hopeless….but fear not! Surfaces that look long gone can be brought back to life with an oxygen based bleach and a good scrubbing or a very careful power wash (sometimes called a pressure wash or water blast) by a skilled technician.

Another approach to deck refinishing preparation is to set all the nails beneath the surface and then sand the deck to rejuvenate the surface and smooth out any uneven surfaces. The deck finish chosen is critical not only to the beauty and durability but also to the ease of re-coating. If you choose the correct stain then refinishing on a schedule is quite easy. Be careful of ratings given in consumer magazines as to which is the best. They do not consider the cost and process of preparation required to do the re coating in a few years….sure the “top rated” product may last longer, but when you go to re coat  you must fully strip it each time to get an even transparent look. It is best to rely upon the recommendations of a specialty deck supplier or your contractor with lots of experience maintaining decks.

We prefer a true oil penetrating translucent stain (like TWP, Cabots Australian Timber oil, SuperDeck, Penofin or Azko Nobel Sikkens/Cetol) because no matter how many coats you put on over the years all these products keep their transparency while giving the wood an even tint, even in high use areas. We find that softer woods like cedar and redwood will need re coating every 2-3 years depending on exposure while harder woods like Ipa  and teak and other very hard woods need to be coated probably every 1 1/2 years as they are not very porous. Again it is important to rely on an experienced contractor to help you choose the right product for your deck and its maintenance over the long haul. Remember, you can avoid the heavy preparation required when a wood deck gets very heavily weathered by implementing regular maintenance with a light cleaning and re coat  Here’s to you enjoying your beautiful wood again!

St. James by the Sea gets a Makeover!

St. James by the Sea, on Prospect Street in La Jolla, is considered by many as one of the most beautiful churches architecturally, but it is also enjoys one of the most idyllic spots on our beautiful La Jolla coastline. The building sits on property once owned by Ellen Browning Scripps. Ms. Scripps, who lived across the street, deeded the property to the episcopal congregation in the early part of the 20th century. In 2012, during a general clean up of files at St. James, the original deed to the property was found! To insure the documents safety for years to come, it was presented to the La Jolla Historical Society for safekeeping in the Society’s climate controlled archive building across the way.

St. James by the Sea

St. James by the Sea

A Family Gathering Place

This church is special to my heart as the Peek family has experienced many family events here. My father Tom Peek began attending here in 1940 when his family moved to La Jolla after his graduation from High school in St. Louis. My cousin Nancy Feehan Wilson, who serves on the vestry, was married there and we have christened many a new addition to the family and gathered to say farewell  over the years for those we have loved.

You may notice a beautiful bench out in the front by the fountain and grass area. That bench was commissioned by my father, Tom, to commemorate all our love for his wife and our mom, Ellen. My younger brother Bob Peek, who is an accomplished artist designed the bench and had it cast in Salt Lake City.  The back of the bench has 9 slats that represent Tom and Ellen along with us seven children; the seat has 17 slats which represent their 17 grandchildren. The design is quite comfortable to sit in and remember those whose ashes are in the grass triangle memorial garden.

We have been pleased, over the years, to have the opportunity to paint both the exterior and interior of the sanctuary and maintain the varnish work on the gorgeous heavy oak doors. On a building of this age, you can imagine the amount of prep that goes into it! Stucco repairs, rotted wood that needed replacement or repair with epoxy fillers not to mention the many coats of varnish!. But it is a labor of love when you are painting to maintain a building that has provided such a loving home for family and friends over the years.