April 4, 2017

Bar Stools | Country Style Makeover

(Sponsored post; Country Chic Paint was provided to complete this project but all opinions are my own.)

I was excited to have found these stools when I did and of course for a steal on Craigslist.

Although we don't have a bar counter top or any type of counter high enough to use these bar stools for high seating, I seeked them mostly for their multi purpose. 

 We don't have a lot of room in our home for multiple couches or large seating therefore these are useful for when guests are over and extra seating is needed. I've also noticed that a lot of times these are useful as side tables too.  All in all I think they were a great investment of ten dollars for both and will look nice and pretty anywhere in the house.  

The person I bought them from mentioned they had only been used for home staging therefore they were only slightly scuffed and truthfully didn't matter because I knew I was painting them anyway.

Here's how they started out and the after of how they turned out after I used some of Country Chic's Vanilla frosting chalk paint.

I failed to get a well lit photo of them outdoors like I normally like to do but you get the gist of how they looked prior.  Your basic light wood colored bar stool.

As always when working with chalk paint, no need to sand the furniture piece down.  Just a good cleaning and dry everything well and you're basically ready to start.

Country Chic Paint is by far one of my favorite chalk paints.  I've worked with plenty and although I like a couple of them more than others, this one is definitely one of my top choices.

It was a little hard to decide on white colors I wanted to use, but I've been on a neutral kick as of lately and I love the clean crisp look it gives our home.  Vanilla Frosting has actually become one of my favorite colors from Country Chic and you can see why.

This color is a slight creamier color than their Simplicity color. 

 Which makes for a perfect look if you don't want that bright white and a more subtle look. 

 I gave the stools a couple of coats of the Vanilla Frosting.

They turned out exactly how I envisioned them.  I thought it would be fun to add a grain sack like stripe to them for some added farmhouse character.  Originally I had considered numbering them instead because I've been on a "number" obsession as of lately, soon you'll see why, but this grain sack look, after going back and forth, was the way to go with these two.

I used Country Chic's Midnight Sky for the grain sack stripes and did only one coat, I let that dry for a couple of hours before distressing all over for that worn look I heart so much.  

After letting my chalk paint cure for twenty-four hours I applied and sealed both bar stools with Country Chic Tough Coat  which is the perfect sealer for furniture that gets a lot of use.  

Its supposed to be scratch resistant, it is also water based therefore very low in odor and will not discolor your paint.  It is my first time using their tough coat, so I'll let you know in the near future how well it withstands the daily use, but I trust that it will be true to its description.  

You want to make sure you use a foam brush to apply the tough coat rather then a regular paint brush for a smooth finish and I simply applied two coats of the Touch Coat.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I have a couple of more furniture makeovers coming soon so don't forget to subscribe to the blog in the home page for future updates!  And for sneak peaks of what's to come follow on Facebook and Instagram too.

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