Hey guys! I’m super excited about today’s episode! I have a client of mine who has had this old church pew just collecting dust in her garage for who knows how long Either way, she loves this piece and wants to incorporate it into her modern farmhouse Let’s go check it out! Oh my God! I am so excited about this! There are so many ideas running through my head. I’m going to take it back to the shop and I’m going to get started. Well guys, we just made it back to the shop and did a full assessment of the church pew. Come to find out, on the very back of it is a patent number dating all the way back to 1888. Also, the church pew is made out entirely of oak has a couple of gouges, and a couple little scrapes. But, we are going to worry about that later. First and foremost, the number one thing that you do when you start any restoration project is you get it cleaned up and you scrub it Let’s get started First things first. When beginning the stripping process, you want to make sure that you’re wearing old clothes. There is a very high probability that this might get on you and it will ruin whatever you are wearing Secondly, also make sure you are wearing your personal protective equipment. You do not want this getting in your eyes and you sure don’t want to be getting this on your arms Let’s go ahead and get our gloves on A quick tip that I found out on large pieces of furniture especially one like this is to split it up into sections whenever you are doing stripping We have stuff in our pan and I have it sectioned off so we are going to do this top part right here We are going to get a nice, even coat on our brush And whenever you start, start at the top, head towards the bottom and you always want to apply in one direction Don’t be afraid to go a little thick This piece in particular We are very, very lucky because it will come off quite easily after the stripper has set Come, look closely now You can already start to see it take off the finish This is a great product. You can get it at Lowe’s I’ve tried a lot of strippers from Lowe’s and this one is now my personal favorite We are just going to keep on adding in one line, all the way down Then you walk away for 15 minutes and let it do its magic So, now that we have the bulk of the finish off the next step in this process is to go over and give it a very thorough scrubbing I have two different scuff pads here right now I have a medium and then I also have an extra fine The reason why I have two different scuff pads is as you can see, there are certain parts on the pew where the finish came off just great but other parts, not so much so what I am going to go ahead and do is give it a nice dip and this is the medium and start scrubbing all right guys I have a lot of work to do and the best way that I get through this process is to turn up some really loud music and get to work now we have reached the point in our project where we are trying to preserve the patent number on the back of the church pew we are not going to be using the chemical stripper because it is way too aggressive instead, the alternative method is to get a q-tip and also some denatured alcohol and we are just going to gently rub around it I’m actually not going to go on top of it because I do not want it to disappear and it’s almost to the point where I think it is good enough to leave and then after that, we are going to continue with the chemical stripper very carefully and scrub afterwards Ok, so step one is done! We are all stripped down, and scrubbed up, and ready to go for the the next step in our process. For the next episode, please stay tuned we are going to be going over surface preparation also be doing some repairs on the pew please continue to follow me on social media and drop me a line if you have any questions or comments See you soon!