old-school turned shabby-cool stools
Say that three times fast!
I love decorating with stools because they fit in any room, are super useful and look great with accessories sitting on top.
In the past week, I’ve found two stools. A lime green one (yikes) at Goodwill for $3.99 and a white one at a garage sale for a dollar!
They were heavy duty but boring. Not to worry…I had a plan!
I started by sanding all the paint off the top with an orbital sander (80 grit).
Next, I painted the legs with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and stained the top with MinWax Dark Walnut stain. I aged the legs by rubbing dark walnut stain on and then wiping it off.
They looked way better but still needed a little sumpin’ sumpin’.
When in doubt, add numbers!!!
I placed a giant number stencil on the top of the stools and used a small paint brush to paint in the numbers with sea salt.
Better, but it had that “just painted” look. I wanted it to look like the number was already there and had really worn through.
So I sanded it with my mouse sander (220 grit).
I finished it off with MinWax Paste Finishing Wax.
Here’s the end result:
The stools went from old school to shabby cool just like that. What a quick and easy project!
I can’t wait to keep adding to this collection.
Have a great Monday…I’m off to raid my kids’ Halloween candy! 🙂