I found this bookshelf by a dumpster. 5 gallons of white high gloss paint on it. Instead of the hassle of stripping it, I painted it with 100% natural The happy result was a chippy finish.
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This is the bookshelf as I found it. Very sturdy, but with a ton of white high gloss paint on it. I decided to forgo stripping as it would take hours and too much stripping agent, even a natural product to get through all the paint.
I painted the first layer in CeCe Caldwell's Virginia Chestnut. I realized the paint was resisting very quickly in certain areas. Instead of adding a chemical primer to make the paint stick, I decided to go with the look.
When the Virginia Chestnut dried, I added CeCe Caldwell's Texas Prairie. The paint even chipped in the corners. A very happy accident.