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Friday, July 20, 2012

{diy numbered barstools}

I really needed barstools for our new kitchen, but hated the price tags of all the ones I liked most--especially when I needed five of them.  So, I made my own.  ☺ I made them before we left Michigan, and I loved them then, but now that they are finally in our house, I love them even more!

I found inexpenive, plain barstools at Target--only $15 a piece.  You could do it even cheaper by looking on craigslist, at thrift stores, or garage sales.  This is an easy, easy project, and I love the way it completely changed plain into fabulous!


*brown spray paint
*white spray paint
*black spray paint
*vinyl:  negative space, or other stencil
*power sander and sandpaper--medium grit & fine grit
*wipe-on poly

Step 1:  Spray paint the stools brown (Rustoleum Espresso), and let dry completely.  This is only a bottom coat, so you don't have to have as complete coverage as a top coat.  You just want to make sure that it's on all the parts of the stool that you want to look "distressed".

Step 2:  Okay, here's where the vaseline comes in.  Put a little bit on your finger, and smear it anywhere you want to see the brown through the white. Be careful--the paint really won't stick, and you don't want too big of a chunk.  A little goes a long way, I promise! I put some on the round edges of the top, and along the sides of the legs, and rungs.  Spray the stools white, and let dry completely.

Step 3:  Using a medium grit sandpaper and a power sander, and go over any places you want to be distressed, where you see the brown, and where you put the vaseline.  Go lightly--you can always take off more if you need to. Wipe off all the dust with a  very damp cloth.

Step 4:  For the stencil, I cut numbers in vinyl on my Silhouette, then applied the negative space to my stools.  I sprayed some black spray paint into a tin pan (don't use styrofoam--it will eat it!!!), then used a small paintbrush to apply it.  I highly recommend using spray paint over craft paint--it will last much longer. Let dry completely.

Step 5:  I always do a final sanding, using fine sandpaper--I like to rough up the numbers just a little bit, just so they don't look so new, and match the overall look of the stool.  Go lightly--it will come off faster than you think! Wipe off the dust with a damp cloth.

Step 6:  Add a coat of poly to the whole stool.  I like to do two coats, at least on the top. Follow the directions on the poly for application. I like the wipe on kind, using a lint free rag, but there are other options,  if you prefer!  

That's it!  A whole new look!


Blogger Ginger said...

Love how those turned out! Super cute! :)

July 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Awesome! I LOVE these stools! I have a few stools sitting downstairs by my basement bar... this would look awesome down there! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

July 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Sarah Feldhaus said...

Too cute! and your new home looks beautiful!

July 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Tracy - {CraftJunkieToo} said...

Very creative Kierste! They are the perfect addition to your bar and the new kitchn looks fabulous. :)

July 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

I Love these!

July 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Lindsey Edwards said...

Love this! We too are in search of barstools for our newly renovated kitchen. I even love it more that your kitchen is modern and updated {like ours} and the distressed barstools still look great! Thanks for the reassurance.

July 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

I love these Kierste, and they look beautiful in your brand new kitchen! Glad to see you're settling in okay!

July 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Sandi Graham said...

What a great idea. I think this something even I can do

July 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home said...

What a fun idea! I love this!! Pinning it now :o)

July 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

These look so great!

July 22, 2012 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

I love those! Thank you for posting! I am having the same issue I need 3 stools and they are so expensive!

July 23, 2012 at 2:50 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

I love those! Thank you for posting! I am having the same issue I need 3 stools and they are so expensive!

July 23, 2012 at 2:51 AM  
Blogger Hchaffin said...

What spray paint do you prefer? Flat or gloss.

July 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM  

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