A few months ago, Adam found this beautiful buffet on Craigslist.
I loved the details, but for me it was a bit dark.
I wanted to wait to paint it though until we were in our house so I could decide what would look best with our space.
(Hey, that's me!)
Don't all of those cords look great. :)
Anyways, I decided that I wanted it white (of course).
But after seeing furniture on other blogs that were painted with the tops left wood, I thought maybe that would look good for this piece.
So yesterday I headed to Lowe's to get the supplies I would need to strip off the paint from the top.
After looking around the paint area for a few minutes I walked right up to two of the guys working there (who happened to be right around my age, early 20's) and I asked:
"Where is your stripper?"
Maybe I'm a bit immature, but as soon as I said this I had to giggle in my head.
Luckily, they did not laugh out loud. Again, I might just be immature, but I thought it was funny.
Anywho, here is what you need to strip paint off of a flat surface:
1.) Stripper: I used a water based version that smells like oranges. It worked amazingly!
2.) Mask: While this brand of stripper says that it it safe and can be used indoors, I think it's best to still use a mask when using a powerful chemical like this. Even if the product you use smells "safe" remember that it is still a strong chemical and therefore you need to take caution.
3.) Gloves: Again, stripper is a chemical and thus you need to protect your skin from contact.
4.) Putty Knife
5.) Sand paper
6 & 7.) Stain and Paint: Stain for the wood and paint for the bottom of the buffet
The first step is to apply the stripper over the area you want stripped.
I used a paint brush and just brushed it all over the top.
The stripper that I used stated to wait 30 minutes, but I could see it working almost immediately.
I waited about 15 minutes and then I got impatient so I started to remove it.
Once it starts looking like this it is probably ready to be removed.
I was very lucky because the paint came off soooo easily. But it was messy. Make sure you have something to put the gunk in once you take it off.
Use your putty knife and scrape in the direction of the grain.
Once you get all of the gunk off, use the sandpaper to get any last bits of paint off.
Then wash the surface off until it is very clean.
Once it is clean and dry, apply your stain.
I used a dark walnut stain because I wanted it to match an antique Grandfather clock we have in the living room.
After I brushed the stain on, I used an old rag and wiped it off.
Here is the freshly stained top:
I'm loving it. :)
But I need to put some polyurethane on it to finish it off.
I also painted the bottom Honeymilk from Valspar, but I want to wait to show you the finished piece until I apply the poly. and get some accessories for the top.
So until tomorrow you will just have to be happy with this sneak preview:
Can't wait to show you it tomorrow!