Alicia W
Alicia W
  • Hometalker
  • Middletown, PA

Stripping a Metal Stool

3 Materials
2 Days

Removing paint from any piece of furniture may seem like a daunting task but it really isn't when you know how.
stripping a metal stool
I found this metal stool at a thrift store for $2. It was in really good shape, no rust but it was painted brown. I wanted to breath new life into it.
stripping a metal stool
I knew I had to strip off the layers of paint. I used Citristrip. This is a great paint stripper. There are no fumes so you could use this indoors in a room with no ventilation. You must; however, protect your work surface and yourself by covering the surface with plastic and wear gloves.
stripping a metal stool
Apply the stripper using an inexpensive brush. You want to coat the piece with a heavy amount of stripper.
stripping a metal stool
Allow it to work about 10 minutes then you can begin to remove the paint using a puddy knife.
As you can see this stool was painted more than once. I couldn't remove all the paint with the first application, so I applied another coat.
stripping a metal stool
The second coat of stripper did the trick. As you can see, the stool had been painted brown, white, and red. Yellow was the original color.
stripping a metal stool
It was difficult to strip all the pieces of the stool, so I took it apart taking care to keep all of the bolts that held the stool together.
stripping a metal stool
The legs were especially difficult to work with but after taking the stool apart, I applied stripper to each leg.
stripping a metal stool
And used heavy grit steel wool to remove the paint. The steel wool was great because I could form it around the legs and strip the paint off of the entire leg at one time.
stripping a metal stool
Once all the pieces were stripped, I wiped them clean with a mild soap and water and allowed them to dry.
stripping a metal stool
I chose Krylon Colormaxx in Pistachio to paint the stool. The secret to using spray paint it to apply in light, even coats and don't spray too close to your piece as this is what causes drips.
If you do have drips, use a piece of fine steel wool and lightly sand away the drip and repaint.
I used two cans of paint and applied four coats to each piece.
stripping a metal stool
Once all of the pieces were dry, I reassembled the stool.
I wanted to make it unique so I cut a quote out of vinyl using my Cricut. I applied it to the back of the seat.
stripping a metal stool
I love the quote - so appropriate and so cute!
stripping a metal stool
And here is the finished stool. All of the hard work (which really wasn't that hard) was worth the effort.
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
31 Super Cute & Easy DIY Ideas For Your Kitchen
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
18 Adorable Container Garden Ideas To Copy This Spring
30 Reasons We Can’t Stop Buying Michaels Storage Crates
15 Gorgeous Bohemian Inspired Decor Items To Make For Yourself
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
15 Amazing Things You Can Make With Dollar Store Gems
30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home

Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • Joan Stanley
    on May 23, 2018

    My stool has vinyl covering the seat and back. The set is torn and missing some padding and vinyl. Since you took yours apart, do you think the seat could be recovered with fabric?

  • Marnidarr
    on Jul 15, 2018

    I love this step stool! Can you tell me what the model is? Name brand and such? I'd love to try and find one. Beautiful job and lots of great tips. Thanks!

  • Judy Constance
    on Aug 2, 2018

    Is there any way to dip or soak the pieces to make the stripping easier? I wouldn't be able to do that much physical work with my arms because of bad arthritis.

    • Patsy47
      on May 4, 2019

      i recall a reader showing an easy way to use stripper....brush it on fairly heavy then she applied saran wrap to all parts actually wrapping the pieces and let it sit overnight. apparently this process worked great....she then peeled it all off, neatly too! eady to dispose of as of luck!

Join the conversation

2 of 43 comments
Your comment...