Thursday I ventured out to Home Depot with my puppy, Chief. We searched and collected items that I had made a list for: a painter’s tool, frog tape, putty spacula, Krud Kutter, After Wash, Citristrip Stripping Gel, wood filler, Polycrylic, and a 1 quart mixing cup.
It was cold and snowy in Sheridan, so I decided if I was going to do anything it was going to be in the garage. I’ve found and saved a few pieces of furniture over time. I just got this little night stand on Wednesday, yay!
I was super excited to try this Citristrip stripping gel! On Home Depot’s website, this is the product description for a better idea of what exactly it is.
“Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel removes layers of paint, both latex and oil-based paint. It’s also effective at removing varnish, shellac, and epoxy in 1 step. The stripper has a pleasant citrus scent and is biodegradable. Most important is that it’s safe for indoor use.
- Can be used on wood, metal, and masonry
- Gel stays wet and active for up to 24 hours
- Works in 30 minutes
- For best results, use in temperatures between 65˚ and 85˚F and away from strong breeze and hot sun
- See label for complete instructions”
I read the directions, which was to pour the gel into an aluminum pan (I used a glass Mason jar) and to apply a generous amount on the surface with a thick paint brush. The gel didn’t smell overbearing or headache-inviting, which was nice because I had the garage door closed. I applied a layer to all 3 pieces of furniture. Since I was doing one, mind as well do them all since I was already dirty and had all the supplies out. The directions said to wait a minimum of 30 minutes up to 24 hours. After waiting a half hour, I got my putty spacula and started gently scraping the surface of the wood. I looked like peeling a facemask off your math, or peeling a sunburn (kinda gross). It came off super smooth! My first thought was why in the world did I not learn about this earlier??? Here is a picture of the aftermath of Citristrip, down to the bare wood! My next step is to put After Wash on the surface- to remove any remaining product.
Below I included pictures of the few pieces I’m going to use for my ILP. Once I scrape off any remaining product (thanks to my new BFF Citristrip), I can begin the fun part of prepping for the post-makeover!