Hey there, awesome Friends! I have a sweet makeover for y’all today!
I’m sharing how I updated these inexpensive bar stools I found for $5 each at two different yard sales:
Can I tell you how thrilled I am that I finally did something with these things? They’ve been taking up valuable real estate in my garage for at least two years.
Now they are updated and fresh with their beautiful new paint job:
I mean who knew those ho-hum builder grade bar stools could be so charming?
I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
I used a new-to-me paint, Fusion Mineral Paint, and it is amazing!! I’ve heard blogger friends rave about it, but I had never tried it myself.
I am in no way obligated to review their products or tell you anything about them, so I mean it when I say I love this paint! It glides on so smooth and the coverage is amazing! I did two coats, but I could have easily stopped at one. It is also self-leveling. Nice.
A month or so ago I got an email from the awesome people who manufacture and distribute Fusion Mineral Paint. They had seen some of my pieces and thought I might like to give their paint a try. They sent me several colors and I immediately wanted to try this one.
Isn’t it so pretty? It’s called Inglenook:
It’s a very soft green. Very coastal. Very cottage. Very me.
I started by giving these stools a really quick and light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper:
For real, less than 10 minutes to do both stools.
Then because I wanted white to show through when sanding, I used this spray primer to coat both stools:
Priming is not necessary with Fusion Mineral Paint, this was just a quick way to get that base coat of white I wanted.
(This primer went on smoothly, but sometimes spray paint or primer leaves a bit of a rough surface. If this happens, use a brown bag or brown craft paper like a sandpaper to knock down any roughness.)
Then I painted two coats of the Inglenook. Once that was completely dry, I used this stencil to add detail to the top of each stool.
I sprayed spray adhesive on the back of the stencil first to hold it in place, then I applied the Casement paint (their white-two quick coats) with a small paint brush, trying to brush away from the edges, then removed the stencil while the paint was still wet. (Then I cleaned my stencil with an old cloth and warm water, and let it dry sticky side up. Don’t try to wipe the sticky side dry.)
I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper to show a little white peeking through…
This paint can be found here on Amazon if you want to try it out. One jar goes a long way! I barely made a dent in mine. It is also easier on the budget than most of the high end specialty paints out there.
Another awesome feature of this paint is that has a built in topcoat. Now if you like to sand like I do to achieve a bit of a distressed look, a wax finish is still recommended since you are breaking up the surface. But if you like a clean look, no topcoat needed!
I wish I had had enough of the white on hand to paint Grandma’s Vintage Dressers, I would have surely used that instead of latex.
They look great right here in my kitchen! These are the 24″ height. I believe you can find this style stool at Walmart for around $15.
I’m not quite ready to part with these, but they’ll be heading to my booth.
Time to go shop the garage for my next makeover!
If you liked this post, you might like to see what I did with this headboard as well:
Check out how I transformed it HERE!
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