Well, on my way out to spend my 50% off Michael’s coupon, I got talked into stopping by Harbor Freight by my husband and bored brother. I thought it was a fair trade. They go with me to Michael’s and I go with them to the tool shop. I thought that I would not find much to look at, but I surprised myself. I bought a 6 piece carpentry carving tool set for $5.00. I was looking for old dental tools to start work on stripping the paint out of the fine details of my spare room mantel so coming across these was a Godsend. I decided to try them out today. After I removed some of the paint from the wainscoting in the hall, I talked my brother into helping me drag the mantel out to the porch. I really didn’t have to twist his arm, after I mentioned it, I found him in the spare room with a drill unbolting it from the wall.
The paint came off pretty easily. I am not an expert in wood grains, but I think the mantel is some type of walnut. Maybe someone can tell me. The face and details are, of course, plaster. I was not able to work on it very long because the paint stripper was making the plaster a little soft. My four year old daughter even caught a picture of me. Here are a few pictures:
All in all, I am happy with my purchase. I think I have found a new favorite store (Harbor Freight).