In case you missed it, we’re in the middle of a big move right now! Being a military family, we move a lot, so we’re no strangers to change. But this is the first time we’ve ever sold AND bought a house at the same time. In addition, we are packing and moving ourselves (oh, how I miss Army packers!).
One of the many things that I’m excited about at our new house is the kitchen. Y’all, it has a bar. I’m envisioning many happy moments of kids sitting on the stools doing schoolwork while I cook, watching and/or helping me make dinner, or just hanging out and having a snack. We’ve never had a bar before!
When I started looking into purchasing some stools (I did the math on the measurements and decided that 3 would fit comfortably), I was surprised at the cost. And many of the ones I liked were sold in a set of TWO… so I began to get a bit dismayed. So I turned to Facebook for help! I put out a little post that said I was looking to purchase some secondhand bar stools if anyone had some, and my sweet cousin Mickey had exactly three that she said I could have for free!
Now, I wasn’t too thrilled at the look of them. They didn’t match my new kitchen at all! But I wasn’t about to turn down her generous offer. And I’m no stranger to DIY and crafting, so I knew I could spruce them up a bit!
Here are the materials I used:
Clear spray gloss – $3
Black spray paint x2 – $1 each, $2 total
Gel stain $2.50
If you don’t already have stencils, you can pick up some of those. I had these lovely ones that say “Faith”, “Hope”, and “Love” — from one of my favorite Bible verses. You could also freehand a drawing or use tape to make a striped/chevron pattern to save a few dollars here if you don’t have stencils.
First, you’ll want to sand down the stools thoroughly. I made the mistake of skipping that step and had to start over!
Then, start with the stencils. If it’s an intricate pattern like mine, use a glue stick to glue down all the little pieces. Tape it in place so it doesn’t scoot.
Then I taped a Walmart bag over it and ripped a hole to paint through, to protect the rest of the top.
After the paint dries, it’s time to paint the legs. I used one of those dish covers that looks like a shower cap to cover the top.
It protected it nicely and fit perfectly!
Then I painted the bottoms. Flip, turn, paint, flip, turn, paint. Do several coats to make sure you get it all coated evenly.
Once that was dry, it looked like this, with the tops still rough and unfinished-looking.
Now it’s time for the stain. This particular type of stain you brush on, and it looks like paint at first.
Then you wipe it off with a cloth.
See the difference one coat makes?
I did another coat to make it a bit darker. Then I did 3-4 coats of the gloss spray on the tops to make it shiny and a little more protected. And this is the finished product!!
I’d say the kids approve as well!
And it will look great in our new kitchen when we move in next week!
We can’t wait to start enjoying them!