Monday, June 27, 2011

New Project

The weather is nice now (part of the time anyway). LOL! So I am ready to begin stripping off the enamel from the top of our dining room table. I REALLY made a mistake when I decided to cover the top of it with black enamel. I had seen this done many times on HGTV. People leave the legs, etc underneath the table in a wood finish but the top is painted. I liked the look! I liked it sooo well that I used it on our dining room table and on the tops of our coffee and end tables in the living room. I forgot to notice just one leetle thing. Most of the houses where this technique was being used was in contemporary styled homes and businesses. Our home is very traditionally styled.

So...sometime this week, the work will begin on the dining room table. That is where you come in. I need some advice. Enamel paint provides a harder shell than regular paints which is great whenever you are using it on furniture but it probably makes its removal more difficult. Am I right about that? Always before, I have used a great varnish and paint gel remover named Citrastrip. It is the orange gel that smells just like fresh oranges. It is not the least bit offensive. I have always been very impressed with its work. If you follow the directions and allow it to sit as long as is recommended, the paint and/or varnish come off smoothly and quickly. I have never used it on enamel though. Have you? I would really appreciate your feedback on this! Is there a better way to remove enamel? I also have an electric sander that I can use in stubborn areas.

Please send any of your tips to me at or leave a comment here. I REALLY appreciate your help on this!!!



  1. Lynn
    I do not know about the product you use; but there is something a decorator friend has used frequently on enamel called "Soy-Gel"

  2. Hmmm, I've never heard of that. I'll see if I can find some around here. Thank you!!! Lynn


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