Saturday, August 10, 2013

Something Blue: Bar Stool Upcycle

Sean and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary today.  I got so excited that even though I am running on fumes for having 4 hours of sleep two nights in a row, I am up at 3:30 AM.  I hope I have this much energy in a few hours when I need to go deliver the end table I shared yesterday.  I had an itch to finally put the finishing touches on a bar stool.  I have two, but #2 will have to wait!

Both started out as a plain oak stool.  The cheapy kind from Target.  I registered for them for our wedding.  I always wanted them to be darker, but our apartment at the time had a breakfast bar, and they matched the cabinets.  I could dig up a before, but these things are as common as they get.

I painted the entire thing in Graphite by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint a few years ago, but I never got around to waxing it, so with two boys, a husband, a dog, a cat, and, well... me...  they took a beating pretty immediately, and I just now got around to repainting them.

This time, I used Cece Caldwell's Clay/Chalk based paint in Vermont Slate on the bottom, and decided on Annie Sloan's Duck Egg for the top.  They have sat around a few weeks, and you can see the kind of mess they have already become.  I wasn't too worried about it, though, because I knew I would be adding a number and distressing it, so no reason to stress it.  You know what I mean, Vern?

I penciled on the number and outlined it with a stiff brush and the Slate paint.  I filled it in.

Here it is all painted before adding wax.  Notice how light the blue is? Since I did a few coats to get full coverage over the black, I mixed a tiny bit of water with the Duck Egg over the final coat to make it go on super smooth.  The wax will deepen the color.

I applied clear wax and dark wax to this piece.  I sanded the edges and painted some imperfections.I am pumped at how this turned out to match the idea I brainstormed.  Don't you love it when that happens? I'll show you where the number 1 & 2 bar stools call home when I finish the second stool.

Do you have numbers painted on anything in your home?

Keep up, Honey!


  1. this is so cute! love the colors! and also wanted to say what a great thing you are doing with your wedding dresser!!! :)


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