So Now I'm a Stripper

8.15.2016

Bet that title gotcha! No, I am not removing any articles of clothing for money. ha! I am doing the opposite of painting  that I normally do and am stripping the paint away. I have been on the hunt for some time for an architectural piece to go above a guest room bed. I had seen a large old window frame without the glass and in a raw wood state with sort of an arched shape, but spread out. Not sure what that shape is called, but I loved the look. Then I checked the price tag and at $1200 it was not coming home with me. So I just kept looking. Then one of those aha moments happened and I ran up to the guest room.

I grabbed this mirror off the wall to check out the back of it.

The mirrors were each clipped in so they were very easy to take out. There were three individual mirrors. Now I had just the frame for the look I was trying to get. It isn't a window frame, but it works and it's free.

Back in the day I painted this mirror which you can read about here, but this time I wanted to remove most of the paint to take the wood back to raw. I believe this is solid oak. It is quite heavy.

I used Citristrip and it was very easy to take the paint back off. I brushed it on pretty heavily and let it sit for thirty minutes while I sat out by the pond in the shade. I shared that on IG on Saturday.

Mr. Savvy helped me take the paint off and I told him not to take it completely off. I wanted just a bit left here and there to make it look like it wore off over time. He's such a good helper. 



After scraping the paint off we rinsed it off with the hose and let it dry. I think it turned out perfect.

So the piece I was on the hunt for was in front of me the whole time. 
Funny how that happens.



Did you know this mirror was first hung in the master?
 I forgot until I was researching for this post.

New look in this room will be shared soon.

Have an awesome week!

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58 comments:

  1. I love the raw wood look with the little bits of paint left.

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  2. I love your mirror stripped and left to be architectural...perfect...

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  3. That looks great. I'm loving the naked wood look lately! You left just enough paint on the frame for the details to pop.

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    1. Me,too, Angie. Funny I usually want to paint them.

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  4. Wow I love how it turned out. I think it might be walnut. Love the shape and detailed carving.

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    1. Oh, maybe it is Liz. I don't know my woods except for pine.

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  5. Oh my!! It looks amazing!....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  6. LOVE the new look...and glad you did not have to get a new profession!

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  7. love how it looks! can't wait to see the new room look!

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  8. Now that's what I call a good idea!!

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  9. Where do you get all you fabulous bedding? I love everything you do! Thank you for posting such great decorating ideas!!!

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    1. A lot of it is Pottery Barn and pillows are from various places.

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  10. I am a stripper from way back...ha ha ha. I love the look of wood! Love your stripped frame. sheila

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  11. So, stripped naked! And lookin' good!
    The shape of that frame looks so much like some of the antique beds I see around. It really works well above the bed.

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    1. How cool to have one shaped like beds you see there in France!

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  12. Where would I find the product you used-citristrip?

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    1. Anywhere they sell paint products and strippers. Got mine at Ace Hardware, but Home Depot and Lowes should have it, too.

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  13. Genius Kim. I love this. The raw wood is gorgeous.
    Kris

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  14. Very pretty, Kim! Don't you just love shopping in your own house sometimes? Well done!
    Catherine

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  15. I love stripped wood, and have always used Citristrip -- since the late 90s. I love how it works and it doesn't smell bad. Love that look.

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  16. One of your best jobs yet - love how this came out!

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  17. I love it... and the title made me giggle!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Marcy. Glad to give you a laugh!

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  18. Kim, I absolutely love this...so French! I used to strip lots of antiques in the day! It was a messy job back then...I need to check out the product you used,

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    1. Pam, this stuff worked well and it smells good, too. Thanks!

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  19. I love what you did to this piece, it looks terrific! You (or Mr. Savvy) left just enoughpaint shoowing through. Glad you were able to sit outside. It is still brutal here, but today I noticed a TINY change in the humidity. I am over this too hot weather:)

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  20. I love it and I am more and more loving the natural wood look.

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  21. Love the wood showing with just traces of paint, Kim. This is something I would love in my house. I may have to borrow this idea!

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  22. I love the new look. Did you use hemp or tung oil on it?

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    1. Debra, no nothing yet. It wasn't completely dry when I hung it back up. I may put some oil on it later.

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  23. I love it! I've been doing a bit of stripping paint off lately to reveal natural on a couple architectural pieces too! This looks fantastic! I like it even better than an old window!

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  24. You are amazing. How is your manicure? Who cares...this looks awesome.

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    1. Ha ha, I don't get manicures and I did wear gloves for this stuff.

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  25. Love the new look, and the awesome title! ;)

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  26. Catching title�� Love how the piece turned out., great job!

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  27. I love the new look of that frame! I never would've thought to remove the mirror like that. Great idea. Now it's a unique architectural piece!

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  28. Hi Kim, don't you love when an idea pops into your head and it works? Missed this somehow. Love that you left bits of the paint.

    Cindy

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  29. LOVE it Kim! Wish I had a "stash" to just pull from - you gotta love that!!

    Sheila
    xo

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  30. I must say you're a very talented stripper!

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