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.
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.
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.
A complete color change without a drop of paint.
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:
- 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.
- Use a plastic scraper. This will ensure you won’t accidentally gouge or knick the wood as you are removing the paint.
- 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.
- Do not let the stripper dry completely. Keep an eye on it. You want it to be still moist when you remove it.
- Working outside is preferable. If you must work in a garage or other enclosed area, make sure you have adequate ventilation.
- Wear gloves and eye protection. It does tend to splatter.
- 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.
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