I purchased this years ago and I painted it white. Then we moved it into the kid's playroom and I painted it this vibrant orange. Now I am planning on putting it back into our livingroom near the front door. It's a great little bench, even has a storage area under the seat.
Why oh why did I NOT just paint over it?! Because I am stupid!! Or at least I was at that moment. I, for some stupid reason, thought it would be easier to start fresh, and decided to strip off the layers of paint. If you have ever stripped furniture, you know it's a pain in the %&$!!!!!!!!!!! I can't seem to put enough exclamation points after that sentence.
I started with Formby's stripping stuff. I've used it before. It works well, but it's harsh stuff to work with. Even with gloves on it was burning my skin. I had to stop and wash my hands several times to get the burning to stop.