Strip or Sand Furniture? No I am not taking up a new career… But I am asking the same question that I have asked myself so many times – and so many times I was not sure what the answer was. Luckily I have made enough mistakes for the both of us… so here’s how I decide.
Do you have to strip the paint/finish off of a piece of furniture? Welllll…. That depends. Ask yourself the following questions:
What do I use to strip my furniture?
I like Citristrip. You can use it indoors because it is not have a super toxic, disgusting, smell like most strippers. Follow the directions on the back- they are pretty easy.
Tip: If your piece has a lot of detailing, cracks, crevices, and hard-to-reach places then invest in a copper or wire brush to scrub off the dried stripper.
[Step-by-Step Tutorial on this European Buffet Makeover HERE]
The instructions on the back recommend you use a toothbrush or a cotton swab. THIS DOES NOT WORK! Use a metal wire brush! Walmart and Home Depot sell them for a few bucks!
2. Does your piece have a shiny, clean, or smooth, surface?
Then your answer is NO! Don’t you dare strip! There are sooooo many other options you have that are much, much easier, less time consuming, and just plain less headaches!
My go-to easy to prep paint is Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint. There is no sanding, no priming, and NO FUMES.
You can get 10% OFF + a free gift at Heirloom Traditions Paint’s website using the coupon code REFUNKMYJUNK at checkout.
If you don’t want to use a Chalk Type – No Prep Paint then my second go-to product is a spray on a primer- You don’t even have to sand the furniture before applying the primer! It makes almost any surface paintable. I like Kilz spray primer followed by sanding with a 220 grit sandpaper to remove the gritty aftermath of the spray primer.
I also to use one of these handle, gun, thingys on the spray primer, or any spray paint for that matter. It will save your hand muscles – trust me! They are around $2.00 – $6.00 at Home Depot and you can use them over and over! Get one!
[Jacobean Buffet Painted in Barnwood Tutorial HERE]
One of these three methods should be used to prep your piece before you paint it! Have more furniture painting questions? Grab my eBook The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting for 115 Furniture Painting Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts from Professionals.
I am always happy to help!
Happy Stripping, (and not the slutty, one dollar bill kind!)