I recently did a dresser makeover that had what is known as, The Alligator Skin Technic. Apparently this was a big thing in the early 90’s and earlier.
I, for one, am SO glad it’s a fad of days gone by!!!! If you do furniture makeovers, you know we would rather pull our own teeth than have to strip a piece lol!! Well, fortunately for me, I’m part of a wonderful painters sharing forum on Facebook and some of the ladies in the group, had dealt with this outdated alligator skin furniture technic. There IS a simple way!!!
Are you ready for this? Use a simple kitchen degreaser!!!!! Just spray it on, let it set about 30 minutes, go back with a bucket of water and, start washing it off. I used my paint scraper too and it was a lot easier to just slide the whole sticky mess off. You may think (like I did) why not just sand it off?? Well, I attempted to do that first and it swirls into a bubblegum like mess. But, I’m happy to say, I survived it and all is well.
That’s a very old mirror and, if it were mine, I would replace it but, this is what the owner wanted. This is what it looked like, in case you’re not sure of the Alligator Technic, in which I speak of.
As you may see in the above photo, there were some areas that still have the roughness from the alligator skin furniture technic. That is OK, I used them to my advantage, when distressing & making it look chippy.
I stained some wood embellishments and added silver/gold/champagne paint, from Hobby Lobby, to bring out the design and help them match the knobs.
That’s my Jack Russell’s hiny you see lol. Her name is Roxie and she is always there with a helping hand….ahem…paw.
I finished it all of with a protective coat of Old Town Paints Clear Finish and the color is their Stormy Seas. It looks a little brighter blue, in the photo, than it actually is. It’s more of a green/blue.
So, if you see a piece, covered in horrid varnish bubbles (aka Alligator Technic) don’t be afraid to buy it to makeover. It really isn’t that much of a pain, if you use a degreaser to remove it.
Happy Painting Y’all ~ Dawn