No, not that kind of stripping.
I was doing my nails and set my little cup of acetone down on my desk without realizing some had overflowed and was on the bottom of the cup. By the time I realized what I’d done a few seconds later, it had very effectively stripped the finish off my desk in a ring.
This is what the desk top looked like:
You can see the acetone ring, and a lot of other scratches and marks. The whole thing was just vaguely greyish and not very pretty. I didn’t mind how it looked too much, since it was a nice, solid wood desk that I’d been given by relatives, but once I realized how much nicer it could be, I checked out some tutorials on refinishing wood furniture. The process seemed like something I’d find fun, so I decided to go shopping.
It was just as gross in person as it is in the picture. Once I’d gotten the majority of the old finish off, I wiped the desk down with acetone in order to take off any remaining bits of finish — it had worked very effectively before, and was just as effective this time.
Now my desk looks like this:
Next, I’ll be sanding the surfaces and refinishing it. I still haven’t made up my mind whether or not I’m going to use the red oak stain I got on it, or just leave it the natural color of the wood, but I’m leaning towards using the stain.
This project has taken up a bit more time than I had initially thought it would, and has disrupted some of my other crafting, as my desk is out of commission, but I’m really enjoying it and can’t wait to see the final version!
Oh, and here’s the manicure that started this whole thing, because I can’t resist showing it off: