Updated: Mar 18

I just finished painting this Mid Century Credenza, and want to show you how the makeover went step by step, starting with a painted piece of furniture.

It was covered in thick latex paint, and I wasn't even planning on refurbishing it. In the past, stripping paint off furniture meant using harsh chemicals, hours of sanding, trying not to damage veneer, wearing a mask and gloves...and too much time.

As you can see, the outside was rough, but it's a well-made piece.

Stripping paint or varnish off furniture is something I swore I’d never do again. Until a month ago, when Wise Owl sent me this Soy Based Stripper & Cleaner called GreenEZ.

Click the picture below for all the details and how to order it from our website.

Since suffering a chemical burn a few years back, harsh chemicals in products will have me at the doctor's office.

That's why I use plant & mineral based products 100% of the time, and why I'm so excited about this stripper. It's opened the door to more projects, starting with this classic Vintage Credenza.

You can use it indoors, so I did a Tutorial Video on how to use the GreenEZ Strip & Clean for my Mid Century Makeover.

Check out the video below, and let me know if you have questions. I've also written the simple steps to follow for easy reference.

Here's my SIMPLE instructions on How to Strip Paint or Varnish off of wood furniture, or any surface. (Follow along with the video your first time, and you'll see how simple)

The set comes with a bottle of cleaner pictured on the right. Attach a sprayer nozzle directly to the top. I got one from the dollar store, and it worked just fine.

Spray the whole area that you want to clean, wipe really well with a rag and let dry.

Next, I use a chip brush to apply the stripper to one portion of the piece at a time. Here's the Dixie Belle Premium Chip Brush that I use.

Click the pictures for a link to my store.

After letting the stripper sit for 45 minutes, the paint comes right off using a paint scraper, or mini rubber spatula.

A rubber spatula will prevent scratching and digging, especially if you’re stripping paint or varnish off old veneer.

Once you’ve stripped the paint off, use the cleaner again to make sure you’ve removed everything. Wipe the piece down really well with a damp cloth.

After that, you’re ready to prep your piece of furniture for paint!

I’ll be posting part 2 of my Mid-Century Modern Makeover using Dixie Belle Silk Mineral Paint. But first, you can see how easy it is to strip paint and varnish off furniture before painting.

Feel free to reach out with any questions! I love to talk paint!

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Updated: Jan 25

Have you ever wondered how people get that “carved wood look” on a piece of furniture? Or found vintage furniture that has missing or broken carved details, and think, "How the heck do I fix that?" It's easier than you think!

Below Jill used an Efex Latex Molding on the center of this Vintage Desk.

When I’m painting or refurbishing a piece of furniture that either has some carving, or is just a little on the plain side, I like to give it something extra. There’s a few ways to go about it, but the easiest of them all would be to use an Efex Flexible molding. They're so easy to apply.

We carry these vintage & antique style moldings by EFEX in our shop because they’re some of the best little tools in our arsenal. They’re made of a flexible Latex base that stick to any surface using Weldwood Contact Cement.

You can click the pic below or search our store for the Contact Cement. Only use this brand Contact Cement, otherwise it may not work.

You can paint them or stain them to look like wood. Plus they come in every style imaginable, ranging from Victorian escutcheons, carved trim and borders, Art Nouveau center pieces, Art Deco trim, the list goes on.

They’re not just for furniture either. You can change the look of your cabinets, ceilings, or fireplace mantels. Basically anything you can stick them on! Below is an example of a carved border, which we carry several styles of square borders.

Click the pic to browse all of the different carved borders we have to choose from!

For this Vintage Humidor End Table, we decided to use the Efex "Country Birds" Molding, then painted over with Chalk Paint.

On this Vintage End Table, we used moldings on the front drawer, around the edge of the table top, and also around the legs. Putting the Efex Moldings on the table was the easiest part of the whole project!

After priming this Vintage End Table, we marked out where we wanted the moldings. Then, applied the Cement Glue to the Efex Molding, and to the surface of the table where the molding would be going.

Then let dry for about 15 minutes, until the glue got nice and tacky. Once the glue was tacky, we stuck it in place and held for another minute or 2 until the glue was set.

Once dried completely, you can paint like we did, or stain them to look like wood. (To activate the bonding agents in the glue, you must put the glue on both the molding, and the surface you'll be sticking the mold on to.)

Another type of molding that comes in handy are "Escutcheons". They're those dainty little keyholes on Antique & Vintage Furniture. (Usually on a cabinet door or dresser drawer)

Sometimes they're missing on old furniture, or just kind of plain. Once you realize how easy a fix that can be, there's a whole world of things you can do. Efex Escutcheons can turn into a focal point on an otherwise plain piece of furniture.

We carry several styles of these pretty little key hole covers, ranging from Victoran, Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.

Click on the pic to browse all our Efex Escutcheons!

Check out all the different styles we have available on our website menu under Efex. There's several under each category, so have fun, and use your imagination!

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