|View from the living room|
|Our walls and counters are very empty and boring right now. We sold all of our decor at our yard sale in July.|
|View from the back door|
Ok onto the paint stripping. I'm stripping the cabinets just to repaint them. I know it seems like a waste of time. Why not just paint over the orange, right? There are already so many coats of paint on the doors that they don't close all the way. I wanted to do it right and start fresh, so here we go!
To start, you'll need to find yourself what I like to call a good stripping station. Mine happens to be an old fish pond with a piece of plywood on top. So fancy! It's nice and sturdy and provides a large working space.
Next, you'll need paint stripper....duh! :) I got mine at Home Depot for about $8.00.
You'll also need a chip brush, a scraper, a steel wool brush for any nooks and crannies, and a pair of gloves.
Don't forget something to put the scraped paint into. A paper box lid works great!
The instructions say to pour the stripper into a metal container and brush it on. I'm too impatient for that, so I pour small puddles directly onto the door and quickly brush it around.
After 15-20 minutes the paint should start to look like this.
Time to start scraping!!!
|Sorry, don't know why this picture is sideways???|
Here are the doors after one coat of stripper. I typically only have to do two coats. I strip the paint until there is only a thin film of paint left, if that makes sense. I stop with the coats when I can see wood underneath the film of paint. At that point, it's stripped enough that a good sanding with an electric sander will take care of the rest.
After the second coat (see how you can see the wood?) I take my steel wool brush and brush off any remaining globs of stripped paint. I also use the brush to get in good along the edges and corners.
And here's a cabinet door after it's been stripped and sanded. Let me know if you have any other questions!