Hey, friends! I hope your December is off to a good start. The winter months can be tough on many people, but before we know it, March will be here, snow will be melting away, and tulips will be blooming; it may seem like a lo-o-ong wait, but you can do it!
One thing that helps me to remain positive during the short winter days is keeping busy with productive, rewarding “projects”, like the one I bring you today.
Recently I refinished some cheap, wooden stools for our kitchen countertop. They were so basic and simple before, but with just 30 minutes I was able to take them from ‘blah’ to ‘AH’! Now they look GREAT and really blend in with the mood of the room. Even though you’ll notice these photos were taken outside, this project is not very complicated, and could very well be done completely indoors, provided you cover your work surface and have adequate ventilation.
So, let’s get started!
First, find or purchase some boring stools that are desperately in need of a make-over (mine cost approximately $15 from Wal-Mart), and grab some sandpaper or a sanding block. The size of grit you will need depends upon how much of a varnish/seal is already on the stools. The heavier the coating, the larger the grit.
Sand down the seat of the stool to remove any finishes, until it is no longer shiny. This will ensure a better bond to the spraypaint we will add in later steps.
Using painter’s tape, create a “border” on each leg of the stool, a few inches from the bottom, and sand the remaining portion of the legs, below the tape, or the “feet”, for lack of a better term. Make sure your tape is secure and even all the way around because this will form a stencil for the paint.
Using whatever materials available to you, cover every surface of the stool except for the feet. I poked two holes in the bottom of a garbage bag and secured it with more painter’s tape to the “border” created in the previous step. Then I used the lid from an old shoe-box to cover the other legs on the stool. The goal here, however you achieve it, is to prevent over-spray from the paint getting on to the opposite legs of the stool. I found it was easiest to paint two “feet” at a time on each stool, but if you can cover all the legs at one time, you can shave a few minutes off of this project.
Using a cool metallic spray paint of your choosing, quickly and evenly coat the feet of the stool. Be sure to cover all the sides, not leaving any wood showing through. Wait until the paint is dry to the touch, and then repeat the process on the other two feet of the stool, if necessary.
Your next step is to paint the underside of the seat, choosing a satin-finish paint in order to replace that pretty shine we sanded off earlier. I quickly taped off a bit of the each of the legs, but it doesn’t have to be perfect, since, let’s be real- no one is going to be inspecting the bottom of your chairs! LOL. Just remember to put the seat ON something (e.g. shoe box, newspaper, garbage bag) to protect your work surface.
Carefully flip over your stool (making sure that the feet are dry to the touch) and loosely cover the legs again from any overspray (I used the same garbage bag as before). Paint the top of the seat, taking care to follow the directions on your spray paint: generally, as Google instructs, “Hold your spray can 6 to 8 inches away from project surface. Spray project using several thin coats of paint instead of one thick coat. Begin and finish your spray pattern off the object, releasing the tip at the end of each pass. Use an even side-to-side motion.” Don’t forget to paint the sides as well!
Then, let all the paint dry fully (before sitting on your stools), and you are finished! Voila! In 30 minutes or less, you have taken typical, boring bar stools to a chic, customized piece for your home!
So nice! I LOVE that these stools were so cheap, but are so unique! We use these all the time for quick chats in the kitchen, organizing recipes, and extra dinner seating for guests!
Let me know in the comments what you think of this idea! What other color scheme would look nice? I might re-do these once I get bored with them; now that I know how easy it is, I can personalize the stools to match our ever-changing decor!
I hope you liked this D.I.Y. tutorial! And, as always, I appreciate you reading!
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