This was tragic in the beginning. TRA-GIC!
I thought it was going to be a simple job of stripping and then painting but noooooooooooooo! It had been painted and then covered with contact paper and then? PAINTED AGAIN! I didn't get anywhere with an entire can of Citristrip because of the stupid contact paper. Once I got the top coats of paint off, then I had to pull off the contact paper and THEN I had to strip that paint off. Seriously...I almost gave up on this thing thinking that a plant stand just really isn't worth all this trouble so I left it alone for a few days and worked on something else. Then I thought about how gorgeous my trailing begonia would look on it so I stripped it, sanded it and painted it. Then? I got jiggy with it and used my stencils to put a few designs on it. After that, I used 100 grit sandpaper to distress all the edges of the wood and went over it with dark wax.
And now? Me happy! Had I known about all of the layers of paint and the contact paper in the middle? Yeah...Idda passed. I never want to do that again.
Isn't it purdy?