This evening I scraped off the last remnants of paint hopelessly clinging in the corners, then sanded the whole frame down. I constantly find myself judging between "re-finish" and "patina". How far do I take it? Do we want it to look brand new or should it show the signs of it's age, all the dings and scrapes from use? I left some marks but tried to prepare for a nice, clean finish on the paint job. The last step of the evening was a coat of a mixture of half boiled linseed and half mineral spirits. It should help preserve the wood from moisture and give a good base for the primer to adhere to.