How To Springify Your Furniture Using Paint Stripper

Let’s face it; furniture is a lot like hair. When we feel like we need a change, it’s usually the color we’re bored with; not the style. Using paint stripper, you can “springify”  your furniture for less than ten dollars.

This farmhouse style chair looked a little dated with it's teal chalk style finish. Using paint stripper I gave it a springy look for under ten dollars.

Have you ever taken a seat in your hair stylist’s chair and announced you wanted a change?  I was contemplating such a move the last time I thought I wanted to go short with my hair. I went out and bought one of those hairstyle magazines, and I stumbled across a bit of sage advice that I’ve never forgotten.

Most of the time when we feel like we need a hairstyle change, it’s really the color we’re bored with, not the cut.

This statement kept me from doing something I have always regretted 100% of the time afterward. I don’t even try to pretend I like my hair short anymore.

Stay with me; I’m about to get to the point.

Now, how many times have you looked around at your furniture and thought wow, I don’t like those chairs anymore?

We’ve all done it.

Before you spend hours searching on Wayfair or speed off to the furniture store I want you to think about something.

Is it the style of those chairs or the finish you are bored with?  See where I’m headed?

Maybe you painted those chairs red or teal, and now you’re all like yikes, what was I thinking?

It’s okay sister in paint.  You can change it. You aren’t married to it.

Our styles and taste are continually evolving, as they should.

Don’t fret; I have a solution.

Springify Your Furniture Using Paint Stripper

A couple of weeks ago I did a Facebook live stream showing you how to use paint stripper.

Watch the live stream here: How to Strip Furniture

I had a cute chair given to me by a friend that had previously been painted with what appeared to be teal chalk style paint and sealed with wax.

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I started out using my palm sander and quickly realized this paint just wasn’t going to sand off easily. The wax kept gunking up the sanding pads and the mouse detail sander started to smoke. (rest in peace)  I had sanded just enough to see what looked like beautiful wood underneath, so I knew what I had to do.

Let me be brutally honest with you about using paint stripper.

It’s messy.

It’s smelly.

And it requires a bit of patience on the part of the user.

Those are the cons.

It’s one of those things that I find strangely satisfying. I enjoy finding out what lies beneath the surface of the paint.

In my experience, using paint stripper is worth the effort AFTER the job is done.

The only brand I have ever used is Citri-Strip.  It’s readily available and costs under ten dollars.

In about an hour, I had this chair stripped and ready to sand.

You can un-paint your furniture using paint stripper and give it an entirely new look.

A complete color change without a drop of paint.

Using paint stripper I unpainted this cute chair to give it a springy makeover.

Best Tips for Using Paint Stripper

When I’m looking for pieces to restore for my business, I primarily shop for the unpainted variety.

This chair was only the fifth piece I have stripped during the last five years.

Each time I learn something new about using paint stripper.

Here are my best tips:
  1. Purchase a cheap plastic drop cloth or shower curtain to place underneath your project. You want to be able to just roll the entire thing up when you are done and not have to worry about the stripper leaking through the fabric.
  2. Use a plastic scraper. This will ensure you won’t accidentally gouge or knick the wood as you are removing the paint.
  3. Start with a small piece like a chair or side table if you are a first-time stripper. (that totally made me giggle to write that) I don’t recommend going for it the first time with a full sized dresser.
  4. Do not let the stripper dry completely. Keep an eye on it.  You want it to be still moist when you remove it.
  5. Working outside is preferable. If you must work in a garage or other enclosed area, make sure you have adequate ventilation.
  6. Wear gloves and eye protection. It does tend to splatter.
  7. Watch my Facebook live to see the red plastic cup trick.

And that’s a wrap.

So if you find yourself with a little home decor spring fever, consider changing the finish on that chair or side table using paint stripper.

Ten on the Tenth

Every month (or almost every month) I join forces with the fantastic ladies listed below to bring you ideas and inspiration that will cost you less than ten dollars.

Here’s a few other Ten on the Tenth ideas from previous months you may enjoy.

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How to Create a Whitewash Paint Finish for Under Ten Dollars

Simple Spring Book Page Bunny Garland

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Just click on the links below and thank you for sharing a bit of your day with me.



  1. Tammy says:

    Love the chair! While I love painted pieces, sometimes pure wood color is the best! ( even though I hate the stripping process!) lol. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lisa says:

      I love painted furniture, but I also believe not every piece in a room should be painted. Natural wood warms up space, primarily when you are working with a neutral palette.

  2. Jemma says:

    Thank you for giving me permission to have some issues with stripping furniture! However, once that the process is all behind me I love the finished product and I LOVE your chair! Wonderful tips today my friend!

  3. Katie Mansfield says:

    That chair looks great. What a difference some an hour makes. I had no idea that that was the issue with hair. I get a different cut almost every time I visit the salon because I’m bored with the cut.
    Sorry about your sander.

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you for your condolences on the recent loss of my sander. I am happy to share that after an acceptable period of grieving, it has been replaced with a newer quieter version.

  4. Laura says:

    That is fabulous advice! Every time I have ever gone to the hairdresser and gotten my hair cut, I was disappointed.
    Now I am embracing it – even though all of the experts say I may be to old…
    Now to the chair-
    you are so smart!
    I love it.

  5. Mary says:

    Oh my Lisa, it looks so fresh and new now with the paint stripped. I have to say I am really loving this natural look. Maybe I’ll get brave enough some day to actually do it.

  6. Susanne says:

    First time stripper….LOL!! You make this seem so easy, my first stripping project took me two days and it was just a straight up and down coat rack (this comment appears to be going horribly wrong 🙈) The chair is beautiful in all it’s naked glory!

  7. Jane says:

    Great tips for stripping! Would you believe that I have never attempted to strip paint? I do have a table that may be my first guinea pig! Your chair looks awesome in its bare state!

  8. Kim says:

    Wow, wow, wow! What an elegant look and that beautiful wood exposed in under an hour? Amazing. You have a beautiful sense of style…and a beautiful head of hair. 🙂

  9. Carol@BlueskyatHome says:

    Lisa, thanks so much for sharing this information. I’ve only stripped one piece years ago. Since then I just seal and paint over with chalk paint. I love the natural wood look of your chair, so maybe it’s time to rethink that approach.

  10. Barbara Chapman ~ says:

    I love how your chair turned out ~ beautiful with its fresh raw wood look and chair cover! I pinned it the other day {very late in the night, actually}, but I’m just getting back to really read and visit. Thank you for the tips!

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