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Stripping with Easy Off

When I saw this clawfoot coffee table on Facebook Marketplace it was love at first sight. I knew I had to have it for our home. When I brought her home I knew immediately I wanted to sand her down to her to give that natural wood look.
If you have ever sanded before it takes some time - and it ruins your manicure. 😂

When I heard of this Easy Off method I knew I had to give it a try! Man, I was so happy I did. 
Here is the before:

She definitely isn’t the prettiest piece. I would say Easy Off is a great solution for smaller projects since it can cost a lot to purchase. 

See how dark that stain is? It’s amazing to me how much lighter it got, just by stripping with two coats of the oven cleaner! I have seen people do this with paint as well. I used 2 1/2 cans of the oven cleaner for this coffee table project. You want to spray a heavy amount and get into all the nooks and creases. 

It’s a super simple process and goes fairly quickly. I sprayed it on and let it sit for about 20 minutes… ate some lunch and came back. Even though it says “fume free” its stinky, so work outside if you can, with a mask and gloves.

I then sprayed it off with a water hose to get all the Easy Off off. I then scrubbed it really well with my pot scrubber and a couple drops of Dawn dishwashing soap mixed in with warm water. You can see below how it is starting to change already. I love how it looks with the old wood character left behind!

After you scrub with the dish soap you will spray it down again with the water hose.

I would never spray anything that has wood veneer, but solid wood is it OK to spray off with water, as long as it’s not sitting in water and is wiped down after spraying it.  Pine and Oak are perfect for this Easy Off method. After spraying it off with water the wood will be RED - don't be alarmed.  Once it dries it will be an amazing natural wood tone. You might need to do a light sanding once it is dried and then she will be complete.

You can let it sit in the sun to dry or dry it off somewhat with a towel. 

I am so in love with how it turned out! I will be using the oven spray on smaller projects in the future!

Hope you love it just as much as I do.  Leave a comment below and also check me out on my Instagram @nestofpetals for the video.


Love y'all mucho - Rosana  

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