I started the stripping stage of my dresser, and began with the dresser drawers. The old paint came off very easily in long strips without need for a commercial stripper. It reminded me unfrosting a cake. Stripping the drawers was fast work and when I was done, I moved on to the top of the dresser.
The top required a little more elbow grease and a cold beer, but wasn’t too difficult, I was lured into believing the sides of the dresser would be just as easy. Maybe, I thought, I could skip a commercial stripper altogether, except for the trim and the front of the dresser, which had the most trim.
Boy was I wrong.
The sides were a nightmare. The paint wouldn’t even flake no matter how much I scrapped and swore. I had to break down and get a commercial stripper in order to complete the job.
I had a major concern about using a stripper. I knew I could only work on my dresser after work and the weather forecast was calling for rain. We don’t have a garage and working on it outside wasn’t an option because of the rain. I had to do everything inside and needed to find a stripper that didn’t have toxic fumes that would harm my family.
Luckily, 3M makes a product called Safest Stripper. It is a paste stripper that can be used indoor and does not have a strong odor. It also promised to work quickly. I picked up a bottle at the local hardware store and couldn’t wait to try it.
In the meantime, I decided on purple.
To be continued . . .