This last French trip, we needed , or I needed to get to grips with some décapage ( paint stripping ) at last. I have been putting this off with various excuses, but the truth is I just hate strong chemical smells.
Sadly, like the pest control, there is no natural alternative; so I went to M.Bricolage to check out the options, I settled on this:-
Why? well , the smell is not too strong, it is effective very quickly, doesn’t stain the wood underneath and can be used on vertical surfaces. The latter is a no-brainer, unless you are only stripping floors, of course you are going to be applying it to vertical surfaces!!! I also very much liked that it was enriched with natural pine oil.
Whilst in other scenarios, I might sand back old paint this is a No-No when it is almost certainly lead based. These lethal ingredient paints were still being used in France after they had been banned in other countries so PLEASE don’t risk it and fill your breathable air with airborne poison particles. A thick gel stripper will hold the paint and it can be wrapped and disposed of safely. ( Don’t try to clean or keep your brushes!) My battle against battleship grey revealed not one, not two, but THREE layers on this door frame alone-
I also stripped what look like a big patch of black paint in front of the old window in the tulip bedroom. Vile stuff, it bubbled up like bitumen.It’s gone now but the stain remains.
Thank you Pauline for being quite sure that I will be able to conceal this! Your faith is much appreciated.
As you browse my photos on this blog, you may have noticed small images culled from magazines taped up all over the French village house.
Basically, over the years on this project, I have pulled out rooms, designs, colours, finishes, furniture and other pieces that inspired and appealed to me as I feel my way through our various rooms. There’s quite a few up right now.
Dialogue between my daughter and the grandson.
“WOW, mum! Have you seen these little pictures of fantastic rooms on Nana’s walls?”
“Yes, I think those are some ideas that inspire her , and the kind of style and colours she wants to get in here”
I rest my case…………….
Oh yes, and Trevor knackered his heel climbing in boat shoes up the mountain we can see from our roof terrace.
Because It Was There.
Handy hint, don’t try this in boat shoes, or gladiator sandals for that matter. And keep your mask and gloves on when stripping.