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Strip Paint & Varnish Off Wood in MINUTES using GREEN-EZ

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

I wasn't planning on refurbishing this Mid-Century Modern Credenza because it was covered in thick latex paint. I needed to find how to strip paint without using toxic chemicals OR a sander.

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 Strip & Clean.

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 doesn't stink, so you can use it indoors. And it will not harm your skin.

Find this easy solution to stripping off paint has opened the door to taking on more projects, starting with this classic 1950's classic credenza.

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.

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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!


Be sure to check out 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!

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