Sunday, July 14, 2013

Beachy Barstools

I really loved how my shelf turned out (see here), so I decided I was ready to tackle a bigger project.  I was a little scared to mess up perfectly good furniture, but I never was truly in love with the color of our barstools.  So I finally mustered up the courage to start painting.

The beauty of chalk paint is you get to skip the sanding step, which is actually my least favorite step, so it worked out!  The paint actually goes on quite nicely.  You have to stir it really well and it's very thick, but it dries super fast.  It actually was easier to apply to the stools than the shelf.

Here's what it looked like after the first step

...and after the second coat.

I didn't really get a great before picture, but here is a before and after all in one!  (Excuse Thomas creeping around the corner.)

The distressing step was really fun.  I used a block sander and roughed it up.  The chalk paint was really easy to work with and it looks really cool with the black underneath.

Typically you would use wax as the final detail, but after reading the ingredients, I decided to use the  CeCe Caldwell's Satin Finish instead.  A perk of using chalk paint in the first place was that it was totally kid friendly and didn't have any of those nasty VOC's you always have to worry about with paint.  So it made no sense to me to cover all of that up with the wax that was mostly made of turpentine and had a horrific smell.  Not only is CeCe Caldwell's satin finish kid friendly, but it also is a more durable coating, which is great for bar you don't have to reapply it every year.  I don't need that in my life.

And couple weeks later...finally finished!  It took a couple weeks because I was working within the limits of nap time.  It was a very easy project and brought new life to our bar stools!  I love how they turned out!  I love how I can pretend I'm sitting in a little restaurant on the beach while I'm eating breakfast every morning.  So I think I'm completely sold on chalk paint!  I'm hoping one day I can refinish our dressers...but that project definitely scares me!

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