Friday, October 14, 2011

New Life to Plain Bar Stools

I picked up these wood stools about a month ago. I wanted to get them all painted quickly but that did not happen. I ran out of my beloved chalk paint and thought I could getaway with not stripping the legs of the stools. BIG HUGE mistake!! I used my every day latex pant and well I was not surprised that after I finished painting the one the paint scratched right off. So learn from my lesson! You MUST strip or prime if you are not using chalk paint! These stools had a very shiny top coat and even though I sanded them down it was just not enough.

I ended up stripping all four stools and wouldn't ya know right after I was able to get more chalk paint in!  

I used Old White as the base coat and Paris Grey as the top coat. I then did the normal routine of clear wax and then dark wax to achieve the aged appearance.

I loved how they turned out but I wanted to add a little something special to the tops.

I decided to try my hand at a technique of transferring images with wax paper. I had seen many projects around blogland and just think they are fabulous. Let me warn you this is a trial an error project all the way! If you get perfection the first time out you are lucky and need to share your tips!;) 

I picked out some graphics from The Graphics Fairy. This one was just an ornate scrolly picture. I love that it did not come out terribly dark but more faint. 

The antique clock stool is my favorite! If somebody decides they are not into the images I can always sand the tops down easily and repaint um. Here is hoping somebody else loves um as much as I do though.
If you are in the Houston area and want more info on these stools head on over to Finch & Co. Designs.

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  1. I love how those turned out! And I'm really glad to hear the comparison of chalk paint to non... I have been wanting to try the chalk paint, but with the price, I've been stalling. You may have convinced me, though!

    Gorgeous stools!


  2. They are lovely. You did a great job!

    Susan and Bentley

  3. Pamela, I love those with the graphics added. The clock face is especially unique. Did you have to order your paint. I do hope you will try my sponsor next time. You will have the paint in a couple of days usually. They are fast and flat rate shipping, too.

  4. i'm not familiar with the wax paper transfer thing
    but would be interested to know how it works

    these stools turned out beautifully aged
    and lovely

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  5. WOW Pamela those stools look FABULOUS!!! I love the graphics on them! Great job, Martina

  6. I love them, Pamela! Love the transfers. I haven't tried that method yet either, although it sounds easier than the glue/Mod Podge one. I had an epic fail with that technique!

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  8. Very pretty stools! The AS looks great on them.

  9. Hi Pamela, what a great job you did with those stools. I keep looking at the designs from the Graphics Fairy but haven't tried them yet. You seem to have had success so I should give it a try too. I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  10. They turned out very pretty! Thank you for joining me for the HSH Fall Open House!


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