Welcome, Friends! I did this project back in the warm days of summer. Ahhhh, those were the days! I actually had a very Wisconsin-in-February accident this week when I stepped out on my front stoop and it was so icy I immediately slipped and fell on my bottom.
I am still feeling the effects of that as I sit here writing this post, but I am grateful I wasn’t hurt worse. Also, I didn’t blurt out any 4-letter words with my kids standing by (which I tend to do when I hurt myself), so that’s progress!
Today I’m sharing a project from a repeat client of mine. Sherri purchased this china/game cabinet, as well as this gray buffet from me. Her home is chock full of painted furniture, and I just love her style.
She owned these stools, and wanted to freshen them up with a black painted farmhouse finish.
I chose the color Caviar, the blackest black in the Dixie Belle paint line. There really wasn’t much prep on this project. I didn’t have to repair any damage, and also didn’t sand more than a slight scuffing. I disassembled the top half of the stools from their bottoms, so I could do a thorough job getting under the seats. Then a good cleaning, and they were ready to paint.
A lot of people might spray these stools, but I don’t prefer spraying, so I brushed on one coat. Other than a few touch-ups, one coat gave me all the coverage I needed.
I distressed the paint with sand paper a little around the edges, to mimic regular wear and tear. And finally, I sealed the seats with Gator Hide for durability.
Don’t they look completely refreshed and modern now?
I used a metal cleaner on the stainless hoops that go around the legs. Here’s a reminder of how far these stools came.
If you’ve got some old furniture in great shape, but the finish is dated, I hope this project inspired you to give paint a try! Please pin it below. If you aren’t wild about black, check out this super colorful and fun chair makeover from Diane at In My Own Style.