Furniture Friday - Working on Louis

It's Furniture Friday!
Friends and family have been asking about my progress with the chairs so I decided to make that the topic of today's post. I started stripping my first chair this week and so far so good. Below are some pictures that document my progress. Please note, I've never done this before so I'm no expert. I did my research by speaking to veteran furniture strippers (thanks Liz!), watching youtube videos and asking the Home Depot guy alot of questions. If you have any pointers or questions about the process, feel free to leave a comment for me.

Yes, inanimate objects need love too. Especially when it's a pretty chair like this one. Now for some essentials. These are the tools I used:

  • a copper brush (to get into those tiny crevices)
  • 3M stripping pads
  • a paintbrush
  • a scraper (metal/wood)
  • Heirloom Varnish Remover
  • good rubber gloves (don't cheap out here. No dishwashing gloves, get the ones at Home Depot. Your skin will thank you after. That stuff burns!)
  • a tarp or old blankets to lay on the floor
  • a container/bowl to mix the Heirloom gel

Notice the red fabric? That was underneath the checkered one. So to strip the paint off, brush on the gel very thick, leave it on for about 10 minutes and you'll start to notice the paint bubbling or peeling off. Because this chair has so much detail, it took a bit longer to strip than a flat surface. Just take your time and don't rush; play some music and relax! Also, I'm going for an off-white distressed look so it doesn't need to be perfect.

Next I'll need to sand off some areas, re-stain and find the perfect upholstery. Wish me luck!