My sweet hubs, Trav, got this mirror for me last Christmas. He even went out shopping by himself at a consignment store. What a guy! He knows me and exactly what I like!
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I had been wanting to strip the stain off, to lighten it up a little. I decided to try oven cleaner again. I had tried oven cleaner several times on previous projects that were larger, and it worked but was costing too much because I had to use so much. I never ended up finishing a project that I had started with oven cleaner because of that reason. I always ended up switching to furniture stripper. For smaller projects, like this, it’s great and goes super fast!
See how dark that stain is? It’s amazing to me how much lighter it got, just by stripping with two coats of the oven cleaner! I have seen people do this with paint as well. I even tried it to remove paint one time and it worked but took longer for me.
It’s a super simple process and goes fairly quickly. I sprayed it on and let it sit for 20 minutes… even the “fume free” is stinky, so work outside if you can, with a mask and gloves.
I taped off my mirror because I didn’t want to take off the back and remove the mirror before I sprayed it down. I ended up taking the plastic off halfway into the process because it was falling off and the oven cleaner wasn’t ruining the mirror anyways. I just wiped the mirror clean when I was finished.
I applied a nice heavy coat of the oven cleaner, and then, like I mentioned, let it sit for 20 minutes. I then scrubbed it with my pot scrubber and a couple drops of Dawn dishwashing soap mixed in with warm water.
I let it dry completely and then applied another coat of the oven cleaner and went through the same process. I just wanted to make sure that I had all of the old stain off. I love how it looks with the old wood character left behind!
Sanding can take away a lot of the old character. I love how using furniture stripper leaves a lot of the old wood character behind, but it’s so annoying to strip things! This process with the oven cleaner was nicer to use than furniture stripper on this smaller piece, in my opinion, and it went super quick!
I didn’t want to spray it off with the hose because the mirror was still attached with a backing. If it was just the wood frame, I would’ve sprayed it down with the hose water. I would never spray anything that has wood veneer, but solid wood is it OK to spray off with water, as long as it’s not sitting in water and is wiped down after spraying it.
I wiped it down with paper towel to dry it off after I had scrubbed it.
I am so in love with how it turned out! I will be using the oven spray on smaller projects in the future!
I find that when removing stain from older pieces of furniture, the wood grain shows so much better! I love seeing all of that character shine!
Wouldn’t it be cool if this mirror was 6 feet tall?!
I have another mirror that is solid wood sitting in my closet that I will using this technique on.
I love all of the ornate detail! It’s so gorgeous!
I would love to hear in the comments below if this is something that you think you might try! It’s such a fun process to see the before and after!