Did I get your attention?
I meant to!
“Paint stripping” and “easy” are usually never used in the same sentence. However, I have run across a method that will turn the ugly latex furniture you find for next to nothing in second hand stores look like a million bucks!
For instance, this dresser has all the beautiful qualities of a heavy well built piece except for the thick layer of white latex paint and gold glaze someone used to paint it! I think I could improve on this once I remove all the heavy latex.
Don’t lose heart if you come across one of these. I found a method for removing the paint that is so much easier than you think thanks to Rehab To Fab’s awesome tutorial. It’s genius!
It does involve using a stripping agent, but I like to use Citri-Strip. It’s not as caustic as the other stronger chemical strippers on the market. It smells like oranges and it works great!
The secret is once you have GENEROUSLY applied the Citra-Strip and I stress GENEROUSLY, you cover it with plastic wrap..the kind you have right now in your kitchen drawer. The one you used last night to cover the leftover chicken that is sitting right now in your fridge. THAT One!
Cover the area with the plastic and make good contact. Press down and smooth out all the air bubbles. Then walk away.
Yup, you heard me. WALK AWAY!
A good time to do this is at night before you go to bed. That’s what I did. Less temptation to fiddle with it. Go to sleep and dream of how awesome this will look if only you could remove all the paint!
I know you had an awesome dream last night or maybe even had trouble falling asleep because you couldn’t stop thinking of what color…technique… should I stain the top or paint?….one color or two?…you are going to do with your awesome piece of furniture. Happens all the time!
If you can make it through the day and let the Citri-Strip almost dry the better off you’ll be and the less chance you’ll have of throwing obscenities around. I promise!
Once the gel like Citri-Strip seems dry and cracked, start at one end and gently lift the plastic. You should see everything adhering to the plastic as you lift, revealing the original wood underneath. If you were patient and waited up to 24 hours most of the paint should lift off with the plastic. Any residual is very easy to scrape off with a large putty knife.
For any tight spots like fluting on legs or carvings in the wood, you can use a soft brass brush. It looks like an oversized tooth brush found in any hardware store. If you can’t find one of those, a regular toothbrush also works.
A final wash using TSP to clean any residual stripper is recommended along with a light sand to smooth any wood grain that was raised. Once that is done, and the furniture has dried you are good to begin the painting process only dreams are made of!
Come back and I’ll show you how I finished this mahogany dresser!