I decided to try something new and see how it worked out. Personally, I love learning how others paint and finish pieces and watching videos is even better. I think it’s fun and it also helps to see and not just read about the process.
I purchased an American of Martinsville (AOM) Bamboo Style Dresser off of our local buy-sell-trade Facebook group last April. The first time I went to see it I decided not to purchase the piece based on condition and the non-negotiable price. Once I was back home I sent the seller a message to let them know I liked the piece but it required much more work than I anticipated and in order to make that work worthwhile I would only spend a certain amount (which was 40% off the asking price). After no interest for a week she told me I could have it for the price I named. Awesome, or so I thought. I brought it home and it’s still a great piece, but I put it off all summer because of all the work it needed. Then Fall came and the cold weather meant I wouldn’t be stripping or spraying the finish anytime soon (the faux bamboo-ish drawer fronts and little divots on the drawer fronts were not something I wanted to hand paint with a brush). Now that it’s February of the next year it seemed like a good time to get around to starting and then finishing this piece.
This dresser has a very unique style that I have not seen before. I love the mod, space-age feel it has. The legs are neat and the way the top, back, and sides extend past the drawers is so funky it’s cool. This is one of those pieces that a lot of people look at and just don’t get, but the people who do get it, love it. I am one of those people who loves it. Since this piece will require a lot of steps like stripping, cleaning, sanding, filling, priming, painting with a sprayer, and sealing, I thought it would be fun to document the process and make videos of each part of the transformation.
Today, it’s all about stripping this piece, but this video and post will also show you how to strip almost any piece of furniture. For anyone who wants to read the steps of how to strip wood furniture, continue scrolling down in this post.
How to Strip Wood Furniture
- Stripper – I used Citristrip stripping gel
- old/cheap paint brush to apply the stripper
- paper towels
- protective eyewear
- bucket/box/old paint can to dispose of the old finish
- plastic paint scraper (not a metal one)
- TSP substitute
- synthetic steel wool or a wire brush
Savvy Southern Style