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!