When I was about 11, my parents let me paint my room. Everything was pink and I splatter painted all the furniture and it turned out really cool! Plus it was really fun to do!
Then flash forward to now where I have my own house, and pink furniture doesn’t really match the decor. 😉 But because I splatter painted it, you can’t just paint over the old stuff. It ALL has to come off. So here is how we took my bookshelf and painted it white again!
Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture before we started, but this is not too far in to the project. My husband stripped the paint for me since I was pregnant and couldn’t work with the chemicals.
First you need a strong paint stripper. You can get this at any home improvement store! Just read the label and make sure it’s designed for the material you are using it on. We got the one designed for wood projects. This stuff is so strong! Be very careful. Do NOT get it on your hands, it burns. So wear gloves and don’t directly touch the product. You can see above he put the stuff in an old can and used an old paint brush to brush it on. After you coat a surface with the stuff, cover it up with a plastic bag. This stuff works by the fumes and if you trap them in it works better. Plus then you don’t get so much of a headaches! After about 10 minutes peel the bag off and it will look all bubbly. Use one of these paint removing scrapers to scrape off all the bubbly paint. This worked great! This bookshelf is at least 50 years old with at least 4-5 coats of paint on it. We got it all down back to the original wood.
After all the paint was stripped, we took a light grade sandpaper to it just to even it out a little. It didn’t take very long and we didn’t work too hard at it, the wood was already really good.
Then we took about 4 cans of white spray paint and now it looks great!
It is now in my son’s nursery. It’s adorable, too! If you want to take a look at my son’s nursery, click here!
Stay tuned for another project similar to this! We also have a bench that was splatter painted, too that is about to be repurposed.
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