My Grandmother left my cousin Rachel her old piano after she passed. This piece has definitely seen a lot in its days. Children growing up right around it; then grandchildren. It has scars, stories, and a life of its own that it has lived. I was enlisted in giving this piece a face lift since it has seen its better days as far as the looks department goes. I was chosen since as they say, I'm the "crafty" one in the family and seem to get the most joy out of these sorts of projects.
So, I have decided to share my process and journey with you as I go along. This will be a project that will last me awhile indeed. Hopefully I can truly bring a new life to this for my cousin.
To begin, you will need to gather your supplies. I purchased all of these at Lowes or you can use your local hardware store you like best.
- I like Citristrip since it's not as harsh and low VOCs which means less fumes.
- Mineral Spirits.
- Chemical resistant gloves.
- Flat scraper.
- Stripping pads.
- Drop Cloth if you don't want a mess all over your floor.
- Trust me, there will be a huge mess.
- Eye wear.
- You could possibly splash or fling the products or the stain/paint your stripping into your eye.
- Natural bristle brush.
- Metal pan to pour your stripper into, or whatever your instructions tell you to use.
- Mask if using a stripping agent with high VOCs.