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!



2 comments:

  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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