I am now realizing I have undertaken a HUGE project.
Silly me, decided since I am painting the kitchen and living room, I may as well strip the layers of paint off the china hutch and all the woodwork. I knew it would be difficult, as you can see at least two heavy layers of paint on the door frames (some heavy supergloss white chipped off and underneath is a lovely minty green circa 1950).
I purchased some nifty paint remover that was supposed to work like a charm. Well, I suppose it would if I had any patience. I started on the hutch in the kitchen. I slathered on 3M Safest Stripper according to directions. Waited about an hour, according to directions, and lemmee tell ya this stuff kinda works. I realize (now) that there are three layers of paint- again starting with white hi-gloss, then a pretty robins egg blue, and finally a yellow which is actually close to the color I’m painting the walls. However, this stripper just isn’t doing it. I have four doors to do, along with yards of woodwork. If I continue using the Safest Stripper I’ll be grey before it’s done. At the same time, I do not want to use something toxic, as it all has to be done indoors and my cats have respiratory issues as it is.
So tell me, DIYers, what stuff worked slick for you? Tell me your methods! Give me refinishing secrets!