So I bought this little dresser many months ago from Craigslist for twenty buckaroos. It was the perfect fit for my mud room niche by the back door. I needed its drawers to store all sorts of family things like those gym membership cards I rarely use, or the computer cords that belong to some contraption lost somewhere in my house.
I also needed it to store winter scarves, hats, mittens and other seasonal items. This dresser’s proportions were perfect and its price was right ! So I brought it home and tolerated its chippy white paint job for many moons until it dawned on me.
This dresser was the perfect candidate for a little experiment I call ‘The Patina Project’. I wanted to transform this little dresser into something with a little more personality and a Provencal feel. I also wanted to find out just how two strippers would match up in the ring. Old school chemicals vs. nouveau citrus paint peelers.
There were several layers of paint all over this baby, and I had no idea what kind of paint it was. Since my ultimate plan was to give it a rustic antique French country look, I boldly decided to strip all those layers off. To me, painting over it would have felt like putting on dirty socks after a shower. Or clean socks on muddy feet. Or something sort of like that.
Enter the two contenders. In the left corner, weighing in at 32 fluid ounces was the old school KleanStrip, famous for its speed and paint crushing abilities. Dangerous. Flammable. Unpopular with the greener public for its toxic reputation and the methylene chloride pumping through its veins.
In the right corner, weighing in at 32 fluid ounces, was the young newcomer Citristrip. A kinder smelling non-caustic version missing the methylene chloride, daring to challenge the old school establishment.