Can you believe that I found this cabinet at a thrift store?!?! I’m amazed at all of the carving! I wanted to remove the finish so that the wood character would pop even more.
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I recently started using this “green product” finishing cleaner. It works like the oven cleaner method, except it doesn’t have all of the harsh, caustic chemicals. Just like the oven cleaner method, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I usually try to do a test spot now before I spray the whole thing down to see if it’s going to work. Usually the pieces with less sealer work the best, like vintage/antique pieces. I’m my experience so far, it works just as good as the oven cleaner. When it works, it’s a dream!
I did not dilute mine. It does say that you can dilute it. I sprayed mine on and left it on for maybe 15 minutes before scrubbing. It’s not really a product where “the longer you leave it on, the more it will take off”… leaving it on for short time is all it takes. When I sprayed mine on, I could see the sealer/color coming off as I was spraying it.
I hosed it down and it rinsed right off. I do NOT use a pressure washer, but I do have an attachment on my hose that helps with the steam of water. A pressure washer can tear up the wood, it’s not something I would ever advise on this type of project.
This trim piece goes across the top back. That is where I did my test spot. I was so amazed with how good at worked!
One more look at the “before”…
I thought for sure that this wood carved part would be difficult to remove the stain from, but it came off beautifully!!
I will eventually add some clear wax on it. This is the clear wax that I’ve found that does not change the color. I want it to stay this beautiful color, but also be protected for when we use it in our new house. The wood character shines now!
I’m still so amazed at the end result! I love it so much! I initially thought we would use it to put a sink in, in the kitchen. It’s going to be too tall unless I would take the feet off and not use the backing…I cannot get myself to take those feet off. We will find a different spot for it.
I’m loving this new green product cleaner! I will be trying it out on lots more projects! On the listing there is a “finishing cleaner” and a “furniture stripper”…the “finishing cleaner” is the product that works like the oven cleaner method.
I also receive lots of questions about whether or not the oven cleaner method, such as this, will work on certain specific pieces of yours. It’s hard to tell sometimes, that’s why I recommend doing a test spot to see. In my opinion, if it’s a piece that someone is planning on stripping anyways, it’s always worth a shot. It’s so much easier than using furniture strip.
Another question I receive is people wondering if the wood swells, or if it can ruin it to hose it down. Wood definitely swells when it gets wet. In my experience working with hosing things down, it always goes back to normal for me after it completely dries out. Do not ever leave something sitting in water. But, I’ve never had an issue with hosing a piece down and letting it completely dry out.
I’m excited to find a space for this cabinet! I couldn’t be happier with how easy this project was!