Easy Paint Stripping Lesson 101

I have several favorite shows, and one of them is Rehab Addict with Nicole Curtis...

I'm not quite as original loving as she. Example: I would prefer new energy efficient windows in a house instead of the original ones. But this post is not about that.

It's about what Nicole said on one of her shows! Now some of you readers will already know this but I wanted to show how it worked.

Nicole said to buy an old slow cooker. I got mine for $3 from a Facebook selling group.
Hubby filled it with plain water and placed the two hinges in it that he wanted stripped of the paint. Turn on Hi and let cook for a day. We placed this out in the garage because it does emit a bit of an odor since we were basically cooking old paint.
You can see (arrow) a bit of one of the hinges here on top of this window house where I had them on display. Personally, I liked the chippy paint but hubby wanted to see the beauty of the detail on the fancy Victorian hinges and I think he wanted a science experiment too.
Here is what it looked like coming out of the crock pot. The paint is all bubbly and ready to just slip off. Let the item cool first so you don't burn yourself.
Ta-Da! Look at that beautiful detail.

This process is so perfect for those knobs that have been painted for us furniture re-doing people. Think of cabinet hardware that would easily be stripped. Just don't use the slow cooker for food ever again...that is why you buy an old one.

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  1. Amazing! All that beauty hidden under old paint. This is a science project I would like to try!!! I have an old toaster oven for craft projects so why not a slow cooker too. Thanks for sharing ~ Mickie

  2. This is an old trick that I first saw -m a n y- years ago on This Old House!
    I thought it was ingenious then- and still do! Glad you found it too, it's so much easier than old fashioned paint stripper and the wire brush!

  3. Yeah, I have an old slow cooker (one without a bowl you can remove to wash) and it would be perfect for just such a thing! I can hardly wait to find some old hinges! Or something.
    gosh knows I am in no way a cook.

  4. Wow, this is awesome!! I'm pinning this. I could have used this method a lot! And I like the fact it's only water, thanks for sharing!

  5. Well that is brilliant! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  6. What a wonderful project! Amazing! Thanks for sharing this.


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