I shop pretty frequently at thrift stores and antique stores to see what kind of great treasures I can find for crafting and DIY projects. Recently, I stumbled across a TV stand at the local Goodwill that would work great in my guest bedroom downstairs and at the bargain price of $18, I was sold! The stand itself has a swivel top, a great shelf for putting media onto and is a really solid piece of furniture. The only thing about it was the excessive amount of ugly brown paint that the previous owner had tortured this lovely wood piece with. It was so dark that you have a hard time even seeing the shelf and the beautiful piece that it will become.
I am all about leaving wood in as natural of a state as possible. I get this from my father who built homes and was a lover of the natural beauty of wood. I guess I never really appreciated it as much until I moved to Indiana where they paint anything that resembles wood.
So, you can guess that the first thing I did when I brought it home was put on a layer of wood stripper. After going through this process, I definitely now have my favorites and not so favorites. The first stripper I used was Citri-Strip Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel...worked okay but didn't quite do the trick. So back to the Home Depot I went to find my next product, Klean-Strip KS-3 Premium Stripper, and man did it quickly strip all of the remaining coats of paint seamlessly off of the TV stand. You can get it in liquid or spray form ... I got both and used the spray in the hard to reach crevices with a wire brush.
Here are the before pictures when I was stripping all of the hideous brown paint from the piece:
After I had stripped all of the paint from the piece (this process took me a couple of days including getting into the grooves, etc.), I rubbed it down well with Klean-Strip Mineral Spirits to remove any excess goo. I always have plenty of stain around from various projects that I do so I picked one of my favorite colors to stain this piece, Minwax Red Mahogany. I really love the richness that this color has on wood.
Here are a few after photos of the stained TV stand.