Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Painted Bar Stools

You can tell by the orangey-brown finish on
 these bar stools that they date back to the early
2000's. Wild Bill had about talked me into getting
rid of them when we cleaned out the garage,
then I painted one white. Just to see.

 Here's the next victims waiting for their turn
for torture...
 I thought for sure I needed to replace the
leather seat, but once the stool was painted
white, it seemed to darken the look of the
leather and made it much more appealing.

 So, of course, I had to try painting the 
 matching pub table white. Just to see.

Here's a Throw-Back Thursday shot of the 
table and two of the stools back in our house
in Albuquerque NM around 2003...

Real FAIL on that tablescape.

That was the "RED" phase of my decorating
life. Yuck. Wood, burgundy red, yellowish beige.
It was a look. That's all I have to say about that!

So back to the makeover.
I decided to sand down the table top and stain it
with a darker stain to match the leather on the seats.

I HAD A PLAN. I heard it's good to have a plan.
 But here's how the stain turned out...
Apparently some wood products are pieces
of different types of wood all pieced together.

Plan B: Dark brown paint from Ce Ce Caldwell.
Supposed to look like wood when a glossy finish
called "Endurance" is added to the top.

The brown was too purple-ish for me.
I didn't bother to add the Endurance finish.
Moving on...

Plan C: Add a coat of white like the legs and stools,

 and then beat the hell out of it for a really
distressed finish so the brown shows through.

I think I like the set without the distressing.
I think the stool looks much better than the table.
Wild Bill still thinks we should get rid of them.
Plan D: Another coat of white paint on the table
top and legs, paint the rest of the stools, and then
add numbers (I do love numbers) to the
recessed backs of each stool.

Six stools, six grandkids. Each one of them will
have a stool to sit on with the day they were born.
5, 25, 23, 17, 7, 3
(and a 20 on a little rocker for little girl in Heaven)

I like this plan...but we're gonna need
a bigger table!


  1. You have been busy. I wonder why it turned purplish. Planning I find, needs three plans.

  2. Love the stools in white. Is Wild Bill coming around to the idea?

    1. Wild Bill does not like it when I paint anything white. Sadly, I like everything painted white. Jack Sprat and all that.

  3. Plan e, I love a clock face painted on a table top, or a chess board,..

    1. ahhhhh...love the idea of a checkerboard design on the top. good idea.

  4. The furniture looks so much better in white. Oh and I just love your idea of painting the dates that each of your grandchildren were born on the chairs... brilliant. Would you mind if I linked up at one of these parties, too? I've always wanted to try that.

  5. You do such a good job on your painted furniture. Everything looks gorgeous!

  6. I like the white. Actually, I like the distressing, too. Adding the numbers for your grandchildren's birthdays is a really cute idea. Have fun!

  7. I really like the white! Thank you for sharing. And, thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Feel free to share this post at my Make it Pretty Monday party which goes live Monday. Here is the link to this week's party if you want to check it out. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-110.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. Rivercrest Cottage,
    I L O V E the white painted pub table and bar stools!!!
    The painted numbers on the bar stool backs for each
    grandchild's birthdate is A D O R A B L E!!!
    Be patient with Wild Bill. . .he'll come around!!!

  9. Beautiful! What more can I say . . . oh, maybe Perfect! Yes, those two words describe your make-over . . . Great Job!
    Connie :)