First, we finally had a beautiful day. It was out first full day without rain in over a week so, I was actually able to appreciate some of my foliage.
I listened to the advice given to me from my Saint MIL and...it WORKED! I think. I kind of got fed up and just went for it (which you'll see later this week). This is, of course, because at this point I was super close to lighting the damn thing on fire and making Nate buy me something pre-made and pretty.
Here were her table-goddess demands.
- Zip Strip.
- A puddy knife
- Rocking tunes
- Fine Steel Wool
- Sanding stuffs
- Shop Towels (the disposable blue paper towels)
- RUBBER GLOVES (not latex, not even kidding- they'll disintegrate...)
Not. Even. Kidding.
So remember Friday when I was like "it took like half an hour, and it still didn't get everything off, then Mom came and told me I was doing it wrong..." If I had had zip stripped it originally this thing would be in my dining room already. And to think, I spent 9 hours dicking around with the damn thing already. Here's the how-to.
Step 1: Apply some zip strip. I put a lime sized puddle in the center of half the table (I did this about quarter or half of the table at a time so the ZS wouldn't dry) and spread it around with a blue shop towel. It was a medium layer. Thin enough that it became clear, but thick enough that it still had some goop on it.
Step 2: Sing your favorite song. (Seriously, that's as long as it takes) The bottle said 10-20 minutes, but I think the whole table would have disappeared if I left it on that long. I only waited about 4-5 minutes.
Step 3: Scrape with your puddy knife and wipe excess gunk off onto shop towels until the area you've applied the ZS to is clean.
Step 4: Rub your steel wool over the area you just scraped and it will absorb the excess gunk (like the gunk that was causing us so much sass last week)
Step 5: Repeat this process over your desired stripping area. (So many jokes at the expense of exotic dancers were made this weekend)
Step 6: Once your table is stripped and clean, sand it down.
Step 7: Eat a cookie
Step 8: Vacuum off all of the saw dust. Your table has to be clean before you stain it.
Step 9: Proceed to the makings of the pretties.
I also had this gorgeous neighborhood tommy (I think his name is Jazzy) hang out with me most of the weekend. He's one of our neighbor's outside cats and he was more than happy to hang out in the warm garage with me. It was nice to have the company too!
I apologize for the lack of pictures too. The zip strip literally works so fast I didn't have much time to take pictures and I was home alone. I promise when I do the bathroom vanity I'll have Nate take a step by step photo tutorial- though it looked a lot like when I used the CitriStrip, just much easier, more gunk, and brown instead of orange.
The table is coming along slowly but surely, but at least I got the damn thing stripped!
What great things did you get done this weekend?