It been a while since I did a makeover, right?
I've been so busy with my Etsy shop and filling local orders that I've neglected a few projects that have been begging to be done.
Like these two stools that my friend Tracey gave me. They were originally Dental Assistants' stools from the 50's or 60's, but had been chilling on Tracey's deck for some time.
When she offered them to me - her words were "I know you will do something amazing with them". Talk about added pressure, thanks Trace!
As you can see they were not in the best state, so the first step was to fill cracks and splits in the wood with wood filler and glue and then sand them down.
Sean did a great job of that, below you can see the difference once he got on with the sanding. The wood was in good condition underneath the top layer.
I painted them white (sorry I forgot a picture) and that's how they stayed for a couple of months while I tried to decide what to do...
Then I bought this blue paint.... someone should have stopped me! Seriously? What was I thinking?
I painted the first coat and hated it, but no I didn't stop there - I painted 2 coats on both stools then got annoyed with myself for wasting time.
In an attempt to fix this bright blue eyesore, I tried to distress them. This made it look worse!
By now I was freezing from working in the cold wind, so I thought I would just paint it white again the next day.
Then I found this gorgeous colour at the hardware store - its "The Viaduct" from the Dulux Colours of New Zealand range.
Its more a greeny turquoise and it made me feel happy! I sanded and distressed the stools back so that some of the white and a small amount of the bright blue showed through.
And as I knew I wanted the stools to fit in with my beachy decor, I found this free stencil online,
Free Printable Seashore from Wall and Mural Stencils.com
I enlarged the stencil and printed out the pictures I wanted onto card and cut them out with a craft knife. Using a sponge roller, I gently applied white paint in a single layer.
The next day I lightly sanded the stencil and the seat of the barstool.
Then using a dark wood stain I rubbed a layer onto the stool and wiped it off again.
Once dry, each bar stool was polished and ta-daaaaa. What do ya think Tracey?
I am so proud of how they turned out. This project was a definite labour of love. I do not want to see the sander again for a while. I'm done sanding!
But these were so worth it...
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