Welcome to the workshop series brought to you by Mustard Seed Creations and Funky Junky Interiors! A quick reminder: the voting for the So You Think You Can Decorate competition (Donna and I are both competitors) is open through Friday, so make sure you vote for your two favorite “white” entries this week.
As a continuation of the furniture refinishing and painting series, I’m going to cover furniture stripping. Donna is dishing some great photography tips, so make sure you visit her blogafter you read this post.
Paint removal is a messy job, but it’s much easier with water based stripping agents that can be disposed of normally. You just let them air dry and throw them in the trash. I am not a fan of working with oil based products and chemicals that could spontaneously combust in my basement. I was a little skeptical that the water based products would have the “umph” to get the job done, but this product does a great job.
Donna: “I don’t really have anything to add in the stripping department yet. However, I just wanted to mention, I’m particularly impressed you seem to be doing the opposite of what most would do in the refinishing furniture world, and that’s to allow some wood to peek through your painted designs.
You’ve really put the furniture two-toned effect on the blogmap. I’m not against painting furniture at all, however my point is, watching you refinish furniture through your eyes has really opened up a different catagory for me. Wood and paint marry so well in the right circumstances. The touch of wood also helps anchor a room as well. I now look at every furniture piece as a potential two-toned variation rather than painted out all one colour. There is so much more than can be done than paint something out all in one coat of the same tone!
I also appreciated a previous tip from you on WHY you tend to leave the tops of furniture woodtoned. Durability was one, and now we also know, it’s because it’s EASIER to do a flat surface. Invaluable information that I’m willing to put to work when I find the right piece. Awesome advice!”
Yes, Donna, a natural wood finish is much more durable that a surface painted in latex. Paint can easily be chipped and scratched. White can especially show wear from keys, change, spills and not every piece looks good with that kind of distress.
Whew! I think we managed to get through a post about stripping without the obvious puns and jokes.
Next week we’ll cover more preparation techniques including sanding and deglossing. Make sure you visit Funky Junk Interiors to get some golden information on great picture-taking for your blog.