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    Quick Paint Stripping Tip

    I wrote this last week and, in all of my running around, forgot to post it! That pretty much sums up the last week and a half. This really is an easy and quick paint stripping tip so I thought I’d share it anyway.

    Back to painting, I go.
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    What can I say, I bit the bullet and opened a big old can of worms last week.

    I started painting the main floor of my house.

    I primed all the orange walls and then got to work painting the ceilings white. A week later, and I’m still painting the ceilings white. It has been a disastrous nightmare to say the least. To sum things up, after rolling 3 coats of paint and having it still look hideous I rented a paint sprayer. After the rental store was closed and no longer answering their phone for the evening, I found out that my $75 rental had a broken tube as it shot someone else’s grey paint all over me and my entry way. I have all sorts of feelings right now.

    I wanted to rant on Facebook but I’ve been trying to stay away from that pit of sadness so I deleted my post and came here instead. Maybe writing will clear my head. Expect a “what I learned from painting my ceilings” post if I ever make it through this project! While going through my photos, I realized I never shared my quick paint stripping tip, so now seems as good a time as any. Whatever takes my mind off painting ceilings sounds good to me.

    Here's a quick paint stripping tip to make DIY a little bit easier | Gypsy Magpie

    This last fall when I was just starting to work on that handsome banker’s desk, my sister-in-law mentioned a tip for getting paint to come off furniture easily. At first I thought it was silly, I’d tried it while removing stain and had terrible results so I wasn’t going to waste my time.

    I had been sanding and stripping, and sanding and stripping but the paint just didn’t want to come off that old desk top!

    Here's a quick paint stripping tip to make DIY a little bit easier | Gypsy Magpie

    But when my favorite stripper wasn’t cutting the mustard on it’s own, I figured what the heck. Why not try out that tip she told me about? And, guess what?

    It worked like a charm!

    Here's a quick paint stripping tip to make DIY a little bit easier | Gypsy Magpie

    You’ll need:

    It really is simple.

    All you do is spread a nice thick layer of stripper on your piece then cover it all up with a big sheet of plastic. I used a big black garbage bag because that’s what I had nearby and it’s cheap, but I would think any sheet of plastic would do. Once you’ve laid the plastic over the top, walk away for a bit and let the magic happen.

    After a while, you’ll pull back the plastic and find this!

    Here's a quick paint stripping tip to make DIY a little bit easier | Gypsy Magpie

    Here's a quick paint stripping tip to make DIY a little bit easier | Gypsy Magpie

    The paint bubbles right up and you’ll be able to scrape it off so much more easily!
    It’s like watching a science experiment.

    Grab your scraper and scrape the goo off into your trash can.
    I wasn’t able to get it all off the first go round, so I applied another coat and repeated the process which did the trick.

    Here's a quick paint stripping tip to make DIY a little bit easier | Gypsy Magpie

    I gave it one last scrape, wiped it off, let it dry, then gave the desk top a good sanding.
    This is what it looked like once all the paint had been stripped off.

    Hallelujah!
    Ready for stain.

    Here's a quick paint stripping tip to make DIY a little bit easier | Gypsy Magpie

     

    Who would have thought that a plastic bag would make such a big difference?
    But man, did it!

    I know this trick has been floating around Pinterest for a few years now, so maybe this is old news to you. If not I just had to spread the word that it totally works and heck yes, I’ll be doing this again the next time I have to strip paint off a piece I’m working on.

    Thanks again for the quick paint stripping tip, Sis!
    You really did make my day!

     

    Is there a pin on Pinterest that you thought was full of bull
    only to discover it really worked?

     

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