I was so excited to begin my first foray into stripping, when a friend reminded me that I had taken a Stripper 101 class in Las Vegas last year. Some how I don’t think the skills are transferable. 😉
Anyway, I had assembled my supplies, removed the hardware from the drawers (and emptied them), and laid some garbage bags underneath the dresser to protect my floor. The stripper recommends using a metal cup (instead of plastic) for holding the stripping gel when being applied with the brush. Luckily I had put off taking out the recycling, and I had a little can from corn–so there is something to be said about not doing your chores!
And then it was time to apply! I’m so used to the old rule of thumb that your painting coats should be thin, but in this case you’re supposed to apply it pretty liberally. I went over the top twice just to make sure I had gotten enough stripper on it.
And then I covered it with some plastic garbage bags to keep the moisture in. The stripper only works while it’s still wet, and this was a useful tip I had picked up from my research.
I was on such a stripping roll that I was literally watching the paint start to slough off as I was applying it! The detailed carving on the corner actually looked pretty cool with just a touch of the paint removed.
It took me about a half hour to slather the whole dresser in stripper and wrap it in garbage bags. As for the scent, it’s very mild and no harsh fumes!
After patiently waiting another half hour, I took a quick peek at the top to see if it was ready.
The stripper worked like magic, and whole sheets of paint came up! The wood underneath is so beautiful that I kept quoting Nicole Curtis: “Why would you cover that up?!” (the 13 second mark if you’re not interested in watching the whole thing).
After the excitement of the top, I moved on to the sides and drawers which were just as exciting! I ended up using a toothbrush to work on some of the smaller and intricate spots that needed more attention.
Obviously, there are quite a few areas that still need more work, but I’m so excited to see the beautiful wood that was hiding under that paint!