The Oven Cleaner DIY project was a roller coaster of emotions.
A good friend and client asked me if I had used oven cleaner to strip furniture… “No, but I am now!”
So I asked my mom to run me to Walmart (still can’t drive for two more weeks… foot surgery is the worst). I bought the generic brand ($3) oven cleaner and got to work.
Read this before trying this out:
-You MUST wear gloves. Just trust me on this.
-It’s not great for wood, so I suggest doing it on things that are smaller and not high traffic items. I wouldn’t do it on a beloved antique or something of value.
-It needs to be real wood - not veneer or plywood.
1. Spray item with oven cleaner. Let sit for at least 20 mins.
2. Scrub with wire brush.
3. Rinse with water. Let dry.
4. Repeat. I did 3 rounds with this piece.
5. Finish with a matte sealer or wax. (Optional)
My final conclusion: it’s worth a try. I was annoyed that I didn’t love it after the first two rounds, but after the third, I was satisfied.
It’s a messy job - do it outside in old clothes. Did I mention gloves are a MUST!?
Thanks Sarah for the recommendation. Thanks mom for the old magazine holder I stole from your basement. (Swipe to see before pic)
Link to Great Value Oven Cleaner: