I've been longing to find a nice piece of furniture to re-finish all by myself. I'm no carpenter, but I do love to paint things. I probably paint too many things. see previous posts. (notice the lamp? yeah, that's a project in limbo.)
Not only did I purchase this desk with intent to maximize it's hidden beauty, I also had a REAL reason for getting it. I need a new computer desk. One that has drawers. So this project is great in many dimensions!
I went to Lowe's earlier in the week to pick up the supplies I would need. These I found on a few blogs. Several people suggested a stripper that I could not find, so I bought this Crown Tuff-Strip - 2 cans. I should have bought 3. The gloves and drop cloth were suggested on the can, and every blog I read. The scrapers are basically a necessity, I used the narrow one more - it was easier to maneuver. I never ended up using the brush. I also got a very coarse scouring pad, but I would get steel wool next time. and goggles. (I also used wood putty, sandpaper and an electric sander before the desk was all done.)
So I laid the drop cloth out, rocks holding it down. got my gloves on and sprayed these beauties. I coated them moderately heavy and as even as I could with the stripper, making sure the wind wasn't whipping it in my direction.
In 3 minutes, I came to check on them. Paint was already bubbling up!
I started scraping, and scraped and scraped. This stuff is amazing wherever it goes on heavy, but so-so where it goes on light. Of course you can see the layers and layers of paint I had to get through. I scraped all of them down, and decided to spray them again. The hardest part was the beveled edges. Scraping a straight knife on a curved edge will make you a little nuts. Consider the nooks and crannys of a piece before you decide to strip.
After the 3rd time, it nearly all came off. Good enough for me!
I sanded with a coarse grit sandpaper block I already had, and filled in the hardware holes with wood putty.
The next morning, I sanded again with a finer paper, and now the drawers are ready to prime!