Friday, May 6, 2011

Barstool Redo

This was my first attempt at distressing furniture. I read up on techniques on Miss Mustard Seed's blog in preparation - it was very helpful.

I started off with these 1980's style barstools.

First step was to stand them and then paint them a creamy white. I used a sample I received from Valspar - Blizzard Fog.

Next step was to paint the design, using a stencil. Once it dried, I used a dry brush to paint a bit of white over the design to make it look a bit more worn.

I then sanded it again, hitting the spots that would get the most wear - the edges, the bars along the bottom.

Then I used Dark Walnut Stain, brushed it on then wiped it off with an old rag.

Last step was to seal with a couple of coats of Minwax Polycrylic (water based).

Linked up to Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Friday.
And  Primitive & Proper.


  1. Lovely! Great job!!! :) Come by & sign up for my continual giveaway...this week a $100 giveaway! And a few of my recent posts about furniture and bird cages...and a hilarious story about me! ;) Meme

  2. these came out great! what a difference!

  3. Great job! You are inspiring me to try this myself. ~ Sarah

  4. I'm a new follower! I found you at Mamie Janes. The bar stools look great and I'm going to dig deeper into your blog. I love the title.

  5. those are gorgeous! i love the stencil- it was perfect!

  6. Those turned out fabulously! Ironically I have two of these sitting in my paint booth as we speak. I just primed them today and intended to have them white distressed with numbers on the seats but I'm loving this stencil! I think I just changed my mind on the design lol.