A piece of furniture, that is. Just think of the number of "stripping" comments that can be made along with this post. I think my husband tried to make just about all of them!
Anyways, I have never stripped a piece of furniture before. I usually just grab some primer and paint and call it good. I have had this coffee table sitting in my garage for a while now:
It started out like this:
But, then I decided to prime it and get it ready for paint. I didn't really have an inspiration, so I just let it sit and sit and sit and sit.
I have been loving all of the pieces I've seen lately with a stained top and painted body, so I decided to try that. That meant I would have to remove the primer I had so lovingly already applied. UGH!!
I had no idea how to strip a piece of furniture, so I headed to the hardware store to browse the aisles. Here's what I came home with:
Paint Thinner a.k.a. Mineral Spirits
Diet Dr. Pepper - do NOT skip this ingredient
I started by applying a thick layer of the stripper. The consistency is similar to hair gel. I dumped it on top of the table and then spread it around with the flat part of the paint brush. According to the directions, you are not supposed to brush the stripper on, just spread it. When applying the stripper, more is more. The thicker the better. Almost immediately, the primer started to bubble, like this:
When working with stripper, be sure to wear gloves. I couldn't find any gloves, but luckily I had some plastic dog poo picking up bags that I wore on my hands. Real professional, I know!
I let the stripper sit for about 15-20 minutes. Here's what it looked like at this point:
Next, I took a scraper and starting scraped the paint off. It came off very easily in most places:
It didn't come off everywhere, so I applied more stripper. Waited and then scraped those places:
I got most of the paint off and then took a rag and wiped down the remainder. There was still a tiny bit of paint in the cracks, but don't worry about that.
You are not supposed to use a metal scraper because you can scratch the wood. Because I will be distressing this piece, I didn't care if the wood was scratched.
The next step is to wipe the whole thing down with your mineral spirits or paint thinner. I just poured some in my little cup, dipped an old t-shirt in and wiped the table.
Finally, I took another clean, wet rag and gave the piece a final cleaning. I sanded a few small places that still had flecks of paint.
Here's what she looks like after being stripped:
This process was much easier than I expected and took less than an hour start to finish. Don't be afraid, everyone should strip at least once! Please be aware that this is just the easy-peasy way to strip that I came up with. It might not be the exact perfect way to do it. For a better, more professional tutorial, check out this tutorial I found from the Refinish Wizard.
Come back next time to see how I finished off this piece.
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