tool tip day: wax paper or parchment paper

tool tip day on the nut house co.

Sometimes the best tools are the things you have around every day. Wax paper can be really handy for repairing or stripping furniture. When stripping furniture of old paint or stain with chemicals they often dry out before they have finished dissolving the stain or paint. This happens with the eco-friendly or the traditional, “burn-the-skin-off-your-arm”, strippers. You can help the chemicals to do the work by covering the stripper with wax paper and waiting overnight until you remove it. You may have to repeat the process depending on how many layers you have.

wax paper covering striper

Another thing wax paper is handy for is gluing and clamping broken pieces of furniture. Clamping the repair between 2 pieces of wood can give you good even pressure over the damaged area but, the glue can seep out and stick  some things together that you don’t want stuck. Putting wax paper shiny side toward the glue keeps those boards from becoming one big piece of worthlessness.

parchment paper between piece of boards
parchment paper between piece of boards

So why is parchment paper part of the post? Well you can use parchment paper instead but, it can be pricey. If you buy it, in bulk, at cash and carry or restaurant supply store it’s not so much. If you bake a lot maybe you can justify that quantity. Unfortunately, in your average grocery store it can be an arm and a leg and only comes in the small tubes. So, I just grab the wax paper instead.

wax paper and parchment paper tricks for furniture repair
wax paper and parchment paper

Next time you have a project, like stripping or gluing, don’t forget the paper.



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4 thoughts on “tool tip day: wax paper or parchment paper

  1. This is such a great tip! I generally try to avoid stripping but sometimes you have no choice.


  2. Great tip! We always have waxed paper on hand, mostly for use in the kitchen but it does come in handy for all sorts of projects as you’ve mentioned. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂


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