This is the project I have been dreading! For a year now, I've been putting this off simply because I HATE stripping paint. Some bloggers talk about stripping paint like it's the best thing in the world. No, not a bit. I've done it a few times and each time I tell myself, "I'm never going to do this again."
But here's my problem. I have a solid wood table that I actually like. I painted it about a year ago and did it ALL wrong!
About a month after I first finished my table, I realized my major mistake. I used the wrong kind of paint. ARRHGG!
So, finally, I'm fixing my awful, annoying mistake! Here's what the table originally looked like.
But for the last year (and a half?) it was looking bad. Really bad. In fact, I kept a table cloth on it all the time because it looked so bad.
Here's what I'm talking about, and the paint brush strokes didn't help either.
So I finally decided to get this project done before the snow comes. I've procrastinated long enough. It's time. Plunge!
This is what I used.
I've used a few different strippers and Citristrip I think works great. My problem is that I never put enough of the gel on the table. The picture below is an example of NOT ENOUGH stripping gel.
The paint should wrinkle all over, not just a little bit like below.
So, after my first failed attempt and hours of scraping, I had to reapply the gel LIBERALLY.
After two days of scraping and sanding paint, this is what the table looked like. I actually found my paint scraper tool in my purse this last weekend. Have no idea how it ended up there, but I was dreaming paint removal night after night.
I used steel wool to get in the grooves of the legs and 100 grit sand paper on the surface. This is the part I don't like. It takes days, and, yes, I thought about just buying a new one.
But once I got to this point, I knew I was close to the end.
I'm going back to a white color for this table so I'm starting the project with a good stain blocking primer. The spray primer is for the legs of the table. I brushed on primer for the rest.
I don't worry about what the primer looks like. It's splotchy and ugly, but that's the nature of primer. Here's what the table looked like after the first coat.
Then I took 220 grit sand paper and sanded the table, trying to get raised brush strokes to sand down.
Finally, the second coat was applied.
And I spray primered the legs. She's coming along, but the weather suddenly changed on me, and I had to stop. I checked that weather report twice, too!
I'll finish my next step this weekend. This is where I really messed up last time! It will take a few days to cure and protect, but she'll be ready for a family meal soon!