I’ve had this sideboard for about 15 years! We bought it around the time we got married. I have always loved the shape of it but I was a little tired of the colour. So instead of getting rid of it, I decided to strip all that lacquer and stain off and see what was underneath…
I could have just sanded the entire sideboard, but that would have taken me too long, so instead I decided to strip off the bulk of the lacquer with this pain stripper.
So it’s a really really messy job. I did it in the garage and laid down a drip sheet first to catch all the muck. You need to paint the stripper on really think and leave for a minute or two and then start scrapping it back. Paint stripper also is really smelly (don’t breathe it in!) and it will sting your skin. So I had a cloth nearby in case it landed on my hands. Don’t stress about it too much though, just be cautious as you go.
I had to coat the stripper on a few times, but eventually it all started coming off and then it was time to continue the job with the electric sander.
I was gifted this nifty little product (and I am truly in love with it!) called WORX Sonicrafter Multitool. It is battery operated and has a sanding attachment on it. This sander actually worked better than my electric one! You can buy from Masters for $100. Get on to this one people. I’ll reaching for it when I need to sand something again.
The drawers were a little trickier. I had to use a small chisel to scrape the lacquer off. My little sander did fit in and around the handle (I couldn’t get them off – they were pinned on the back somehow).
I was so happy with the raw colour. It’s a little blonde/pinky colour. I topped it off with some Annie Sloan Soft Wax.
And…. I love it! I have decided to keep the legs on this dining table as is for now… I think if I sanded them back too it might be overkill. We’ll see… you know me, always changing things around 😉
Have you got something you could strip back and sand? Give it a go!