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Unpainting a Vintage Chest

This dresser was drenched in multiple layers of very, very thick paint! I think they used exterior latex house paint on it! I was absolutely SHOCKED to see what was under all that paint! I used traditional paint remover AND a heat gun to remove the paint in this complete furniture restoration.

Watch the video to see which method I found to work the best. I got this used and abused dresser at an auction for only $5. Unfortunately, I did not realize that is was so stinky until the ride home when I had to open all my car windows due to the malodorous fumes coming from my back seat! Gasp! Gasp! Fortunately, I was able to rid this abused little dresser not only of it's heavy coat of paint but also it bad odor!

I hope you enjoy the video and this AMAZING TRANSFORMATION! This one really surprised me!

Click on the link below to view then entire video showing how I restored this elm chest:

Supplies used in this video:

Varathane water base polyurethane

Krud Kutter

Mister for water

Respirator with safety glasses

Dust mask

Mineral Spirits

Klean Strip Paint Stripper

Steel Wool Pads #3

Steel Wool Pads super fine

Plastic putty knives

Varathane Premium Wood Stain Antique WALNUT

Dewalt Orbital Sander

9 in one painters tool

putty knife set

220 grit sandpaper for orbital sander

Additional products I find helpful in flipping furniture:

Zibra grip n glide 2 inch paint brush

Assorted Sanding Sponges

Gray wood contact paper (for drawer bottoms)

Beech wood contact paper (for drawer bottoms)Chair Table Leg floor protectors

Respirator with safety glasses

Respirator Replacement Cartridges

Rub N Buff

Replacement battery for Ryobi power tools

Ryobi 7 1/4 in Battery powered Miter Saw

Ryobi Electric 7 1/4 in Miter Saw

Irwin 24 inch bar clamp (I use at least 2 each time I need them)

Steel Bar Clamps

5in Clear stretch wrap film (to protect furniture for delivery)

18 in clear stretch wrap film

22 in wooden drawer slide (cut to fit)

Tack in Drawer Glides

Orange Oil to make furniture wax

Beeswax Pellets to make furniture wax

Mitre Shears

Tape & Drape plastic film with masking tape edge

Weldbond Multi Purpose Glue

1/8 in x 36 in. unfinished dowel rods

Japanese pull saw

Mitre Shears

Electric Hand Planer

Contour Scraper from Harbor Freight

Odie's Oil

Please read all labels and follow all manufacturer safety recommendations when working with paints, stains, and other equipment and wear and use appropriate personal protection equipment. Viewers should attempt these projects at their own risk.

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