Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bar Stool Redo...

A couple of years ago, my husband and I got 2 of these stools as a gift. They are nicely made stools, but still nonetheless, pretty plain Jane, run of the mill, everybody has them, stools. So, one day, I decided to change them up a bit and make them a little more original.

This shows it stained too
First thing I did was sand them down with my electric sander until there was no trace of their original finish. (Sorry, I don't have pics of this step...I'm still learning.) Then, I painted the legs using Valspars "Natural" in a satin finish.  After they dried I applied a little bit of brown glaze to give it more of an aged look. 

I used screwdrivers, nails, and a hammer to distress the top. I then stained the top a darker color than it was originally. I painted the sides of the top with the same paint I used for the legs. This time, I used my block sander to get most of the paint off the sides.  A little tip for projects like this, is don't let the paint dry too long and it will be easier to sand.

I used a rubber stamp with script writing to stamp the tops of the stools.

 I used a fantastic ink called StazOn in Timber Brown. It is sold at most major craft stores and comes in a wide range of colors.  Here is a description of the ink.

"StazOn is Tsukineko's only solvent-based stamp pad, designed for decorating non-porous surfaces such as glass, metal, shrink plastic, cellophane, aluminum foil, leather and acrylic. With StazOn, you'll achieve a beautiful stained glass appearance, due to the transparent nature of the ink. Thanks to its mild smell, StazOn is much safer to use than other permanent inks."

After the ink dried I gave each stool two coats of sealer using Minwax Wipe-On Poly in semi gloss. I did this to lock in the ink and so the stools would wipe down better when they need to be cleaned. 

I did this project over a year ago and these stools are holding up wonderfully! We love them!


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  1. Wow, it looks awesome!! I just bought two stools at a garage sale for... are you ready for this?... $2!! I'm going to have to try this. It came out super cool. I'll let you know when I do it.

  2. I can't believe you even attempted this. So cool it looks so much better. Love this! You have to link this to my Upcycled Awesome Linky party at

  3. I love the stamped words on the top! I can't wait to try this on something. I don't have stools, but this would be cute on lots of things! I just became your newest follower :)

  4. Rachel, this is amazing! I haven't ever thought to stamp anything on something, but you've got me thinking....I have a stool exactly like this one that I am going to tackle. You're very talented.

  5. I am in love! These are so super amazing! I would love to know the color you stained the tops of the stools. I have a coffee table top that needs some serious help. Thanks for posting!

  6. Becca-

    Thanks for your wonderful comments! I believe I used Minwax "Early American". I can't remember for sure, but it is the color I use on almost everything. I love it and "Special Walnut". Good luck with your coffee table!


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