This week I have been busy stripping some of my garage sale finds.   I was very happy with the product that I chose to use for removing paint and varnish from the table, chairs and bookshelf that I found. 
Check out what I did with this table I bought for just $2.00:
First I applied the Strypeeze paint/finish remover and let it sit for about twenty to thirty minutes. You can see the worn out ugly coating under the Strypeeze. 
Scraping most of the paint off was easy, and this table did not take long to strip.  I did have to reapply in a few stubborn spots, which you can see below, but a second coating worked more quickly than the first. 
After all the old finish was removed, I sanded the table so it would be smooth.  Then it was ready to be painted.  I chose black and intense teal to go with my new design plan for our living room.  I will need to get a better picture later so you can see the teal drawer better.
Next, I'll need to find a black drawer handle to compliment this piece.
I am so glad I decided to look at garage sales to find some pieces to refinish for my needs.  Even when I count the paint stripper, paint, drop 'cloth', and brushes, this has been a most cost effective project.  The paint stripper I bought was roughly $20.00, a quart of both black and teal paint and brushes $30.00 and a table, two chairs and a bookshelf for $18.00.  That's a total out of pocket of $68!  Did I mention to you that I found these for FREE on Saturday:
This dresser was sitting on the curb after a garage sale was over.  The drawers had HAD it and I wouldn't have bought it either... but for free it has great potential.  It took me a little while to decide what to do with it, but I have decided to strip it, paint it black, put deep shelves in it (also painted black) and find some baskets that will fit nicely to organize various things we use in the living room.  It will be decorative and a useful clutter organizer all at once!  I would like to find some fabric that pairs well with the intense teal paint to tie the color scheme together.
I had to take down my pan rack from the wall to see how this would fit in my kitchen.  I wanted to get an idea of if it would fit before I decided whether to refinish it for our home.  This was also free!  I couldn't believe it... especially when I checked on Ebay and found out that this style of Ethan Allen hutch is going for $200-$500!  If it was in perfect condition I would leave it as is, but it since it has some finish issues and my kitchen furniture is black french country style... I'm leaning toward painting it black to match. 
 So Ladies...It is that time of the week to show us your favorite products.  I'm happy to share with you this week what worked for me this week.  It's always great to find a product that is useful and makes life more affordable!  If you have the time and the want to refinish furniture, you'll be happy with Strypeeze.  Just make sure to wear gloves and ventilate properly- ideally working in an open garage or outside.
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