Cutting your own bangs, texting after too many glasses of wine, cooking a Sandra Lee recipe...some things, despite the best intentions, are just bound to fail. Such is the case with my tole chandelier makeover. I decided to try to strip off the white paint to reveal the lovely gold tole finish underneath. Let's just say I had the best intentions, but the results have been another story.
I started out buying some Ready Strip, which I'd heard good things about. The stuff works. I'd highly recommend it (I got this at Logan Hardware, which, side note, is completely awesome).
You just brush it on like paint. It goes on light green and dries an even lighter green/off white color. Sounds easy, right? I figured I should have been concerned when it ate through my foam brush!
You're supposed to let it sit 4-24 hours. After a couple of hours I got curious and scraped off a little bit with my fingernail. It seemed to be working!
However, getting all the paint off of this chandelier, with all its little nooks and crannies, turned out to be bad idea jeans. It's just really, really hard. I'd use Ready Strip on furniture or larger items, or even a lamp with a basic shape. It does what it says. But on a tole chandy with so many crevices, it just proved really difficult to use. I ended up scrubbing it with a sponge at first, then getting in there with a toothbrush...all while holding it under hot running water to wash away the pieces that were flaking off. Needless to say, the results still aren't perfect. It definitely peeled off the gold finish in some areas in in a weird way there its a greenish tint, sort of like there was a chemical reaction. This picture it actually kind of a good picture! I'm not even done with the section with the arms...it's in even rougher shape.
You can see the hot mess this has turned out to be. The good news is, it's not that the chandelier is ruined. After all, at the end of the day, it's metal and can be repainted. Once I finish scraping the paint out of the nooks and crannies, I'm going just prime it and re-paint it. Color TBD. The white paint job it had before was pretty sloppy, so it's probably good to get rid of that before re-painting.
So that today's post isn't a total letdown, let's wind things up on a positive note with a few of my favorite tole chandy pics. Ruthie Sommers did the room below. She's definitely the master of the tole chandy!
Anyway, the saga of the chandy continues...will keep you posted on the next iteration, hopefully with better results!