Hi everyone.  Lauren here from Ruff Creek Crafts & Antiques, we transform and refinish items every week here at the store.  I studied interior decorating and have always had a passion for beautiful woods and well made furniture.  During that time (30 years) I fell in love with refinishing furniture and restoring/painting pieces .  I am doing this blog to share my techniques and ideas with you so you can give it a try.

Before we cover the items you will need, I want to express the need for doing this safely.  Read all the instructions on the can of stripper.  Purchase a good pair of safety goggles and a good ventilation mask.  A floor cover is a must and when done dispose of all drop cloths when the stripper residue has thoroughly dried. Do this safely!!!!

To me restoring a beautiful piece and bringing it back to life is truly a work of love. These are the items that will help you get started.

  1. Chemically resistant rubber gloves
  2. Wear old clothes.
  3. A can of paint stripper.
  4. Steel wool pads
  5. 2  2″ paint brushes
  6. A paint scrapper
  7. Your safety glasses and respirator mask
  8. Paint thinner (optional)
  9. Drop cloth

I am not promoting one brand of paint stripper over the other but the only difference I really see is if you use the environmentally friendly one. They take a lot longer to work because they are not as strong as the methylene chloride brands.  Have patience when doing the project.  Results will vary with the kind of paint you are trying to remove.

Ok now let’s get started.

  1. Put the floor covering down first.
  2. Read the stripper cam FULLY.
  3. Remove the hardware.  Also cover areas that you don’t want stripped.
  4. Pour the stripper in a metal pan.
  5. Apply the stripper thickly and evenly on the piece.
  6. Don’t over brush the goop, it will break the evaporation barrier.
  7. PATIENCE…WAIT…..According to your paint strippers let it sit the amount of time indicated for it to get the maximum results.
  8. If it doesn’t remove all the paint , then re-apply . It may take a few coats to get off all the layers of paint you can come into on some pieces.
  9. When scrapping the paint off, be careful not to gouge the wood.  Then use the steel wool to remove the leftover residue.
  10. Once you have achieved your goal then you can clean off the piece with either paint thinner, a stripper wash, or water.  Don’t saturate the piece with this fluid.
  11. Let it dry COMPLETELY. then we can get into the next process…STAINING…..!!!!!
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