Ever get halfway into a project and realize it is more work than fun? Stripping the paint from this table was definitely like that. I knew it would be a challenge to get the paint off but I had no idea it would have so many layers of varnish. In fact the table probably has more layers of varnish than all the woodwork in Westminster Abbey. That may be a slight exaggeration but the table was much lighter after I finished stripping off the some of the layers.
It has been a long time since I have tackled refinishing and I knew it would be messy. I decided to set up on the patio in a shady spot. Two hours later I ran out of shade (geesh) and had to move to another spot.
The paint was the most challenging to remove from the spiral legs which was to be expected. However every time I applied the stripping gel to remove a little bit of stubborn paint another layer a varnish would bubble up. At one point I contemplated trading in my water bottle for a cold beer but I wasn’t going to let this project get the best of me.
Part of the reason I wanted to strip the paint off was to reveal the carved detail around the top. I knew it was under all the paint but what I didn’t realize was how pretty it would look. Very satisfied with my efforts!
Next weekend I will work on the table a little more and decide what color to paint it. Be sure to check back for phase two of this project.
Ideas are already buzzing around my head! Have a great week!
There is finally a primer that will attach to anything and will even coat over oil based enamel and no more having to strip furniture unless your wanting to stain and not paint
But sometimes I still choose to strip just to get down to some details such as this pretty table
Good job Michelle
Michelle Meyer says
I agree completely, it would be easier to use a primer or Annie Sloan Chalk paint that does not require a primer. I’m thinking about letting the natural grain show through in some areas and the chippy paint was too uneven to paint over. We’ll see how it turns out. So glad to hear from you!
I feel your pain when reading this! I can’t wait to see the finished piece!
Michelle Meyer says
Thank you Andrea! I’m curious to see how it will turn out as well!