Do-it-yourself (DIY) refurnishing is a great way to create a piece that speaks precisely to your style aesthetic — you can cultivate a dream palette and mix and match textiles for a truly individualized piece.
But, when do you decide to strip or not to strip the furniture of its existing paint? We’ve been in the DIY game for a while now and have been through all the ebbs and flows — err mistakes — of restoring furniture so you can learn from us and avoid any hiccups in your project!
At Vintage and Restore By K, we understand your desire to not only create a unique piece but saving some money in the meantime, so we’ve made a vast line of chalk-based paints to help guide you towards DIY perfection! Venture further into the DIY realm and learn all about when to strip (or not strip) your furniture before projects.
Before you begin to work your restoration magic a few things need to happen, read below to get a better understanding of when to strip or not strip furniture.
What condition is the old furniture in?
Perhaps you thrifted an amazing chair that’s in perfect condition but you’re looking to add a coat of gold paint to make it fit into your dreamy modern bohemian loft space — this you can paint right over.
If you found a piece that’s weathered, has chipped paint, is uneven, or multiple coats of paint, you may want to consider stripping the furniture for best results.
The answer to this is yes and no!
Chalk paint is amazing for adhering furniture without primer, and typically, no sanding, and only needs cleaning.
With that said, you may have to prep your piece before you paint because when you work with used furniture, it’s been well-loved and has years of memories stored on its aesthetics.
When in doubt, give your DIY piece a little extra TLC by stripping the surface.
A couple of key points in stripping:
Use a stripping agent. Many people prefer brands like Citrastrip because it’s not as toxic and can be used indoors.
Use a wire brush. If your furniture has a lot of detail, investing in a wire brush for the details in worth it and highly recommended.
There may come a time in your DIY adventures when stripping is absolutely necessary, even with a chalk-based paint.