A Pine Surprise

I wanted to start off this post by saying that Today would have been the 1st day of the Lucketts Spring Market 2020 Weekend.

It’s a weird feeling to not be there with everyone and seeing old friends. Thankfully the market has been postponed to September 18th-20th, 2020 and we still have that to look forward to!


When I take on a new project thats covered in a thick paint, I don’t always know what lies beneath.

What is the condition of the wood going to be like? What kind of wood is it?

Gotta get messy to find out!

I picked up this piece off of Facebook Market Place in the middle of the UVA campus.

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I knew it would be a ton of work but I appreciated the clean lines and I could tell that it was a solid piece.

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1st step was pealing off all of the fun stickers. You can tell how easily that coat of white paint was flaking off as well, revealing another golden layer underneath.

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There wasn’t any point in trying to salvage the old hardware. Most of the knobs were broken or missing so I just tossed them into the trash along with the stickers.

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I rarely do this because of the mess that it creates but I decided that I would give stripping gel another chance. I picked up my Citris Strip from our local Lowe’s.

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Use heavy duty gloves when applying this stuff because it will burn if it touches your skin!

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I applied a layer of the stripper across the entire piece, wrapped it up in plastic (Dexter style), and let it marinate over night.

You don’t have to leave it over night. I just did because I was on a time crunch that day.

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The next morning, the paint had bubbled up and was ready to be scrapped off. Of course every piece that I decide to strip down HAS TO HAVE at least 5 coast of paint caked on it!

Ugh.

It took applying a second coat of stripper to get that 4th & 5th layer off.

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Always put down a plastic drop cloth first before starting this process!

You don’t wanna have this stuff all over the garage or driveway.

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After I had removed as much paint as I could, it was revealed that I was working with old pine!

IMG_8147-2Time to breakout the sander!

I used 120 grit sandpaper to finish removing an extra stubborn paint and 200 grit to smooth out the surface. After sanding I hosed everything down and let it dry in the sun.

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I was absolutely thrilled about the condition of the knotty pine and all of it’s character.

It was a little yellow for my taste so I mixed up a white-wash of 1 pt Valspar Satin White Interior Paint/2 pts waters.

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While working in sections, I applied the watery concoction very lightly with a brush and then wiped it away with a damp cloth after about 1 minute.

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Any example of a raw pine drawer on the left and a white-washed drawer on the right. It’s not a huge difference but it did help tone down that yellow.

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Final step was covering the whole piece with a coat of Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in CLEAR MATTE.

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Because the piece needed all new hardware, I decide on this set:

House of Antique Hardware|Beaded Round Single-Post Pull

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I’m so happy with the end result.

It was a lot of work but totally worth it!

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Styled with some fabric scraps & rug pillow that I had on hand. The warm colors and rusty metal mixed beautifully with the pine.

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I would say this experience with the Citris Stripper was a success!

I hope you liked this makeover & I already have another in the works.

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