Today I want to share my wooden counter stool makeover that I mentioned to you last Friday which involves new stools for our kitchen. If you have been following me for a while then you read my post in March (click HERE if you missed it) about my choices of stools. My dream stool is still the acrylic ghost stool and also the Timber & Ore Bar Stool but the prices make it impossible right now to buy that dream, if you know what I’m saying. We just need way too many other things…new microwave, new, stove, vet visits (Ugh! Old cats aren’t cheap!), Germany tickets. The list is never ending but you get my point, right?
Wooden Counter Stool Makeover
Since we wanted to use our counter though, I decided to go with the cheapest option possible. And after scanning Craigslist for several weeks, I decided to give up since I just couldn’t find any cheap and pretty options.
Well for me, once again Target was the answer with their cheap, but “oh so plain and boring” Landon 24″ counter height stool. At $15 each it was affordable. And I’m sure you are thinking, why is plain and boring the answer??
And come on say it! It’s so boooooring. Yawn!
What I didn’t mind is the light colored wood since I have always loved my light wood floors. I’ve had the maple colored flooring for 13 years now and didn’t regret or get tired of them once. I have the feeling they’ll get more popular again too. Do you know what the best part is about them? Take a guess? DO IT! (Oh, I’m kind of bossy today…sorry! My friends would tell me that I have the TONE again. They laugh at me when I say “do it” though.)
…Well the reason is that it doesn’t show dirt and dust as much as darker floors do. My neighbor can’t stand trying to keep her dark floors clean. I don’t really have that problem even with 4 cats but I wouldn’t recommend lying on my floors because you’ll look like a used Swiffer pad when you get up, haha! It’s tricky like that 🙂
Now back to my stools.
how to paint wood bar stools
I couldn’t live with the plain look of them and decided to whip out the good old spray paint. My hubby actually sanded them down for me, yay! He can do it if he tries!
I taped the entire top of the stool, turned it upside down and cut around the edge of the stool (while it sat on a cutting mat) with a craft knife. Keep the blade really tight against the wood. When you turn the stool around again, it’s a perfect circle and you only have to press down the edges again before spray painting it.
Sorry, I don’t have more painting photos…I know, I know…but I forgot!
This iPhone photo is the only one I have 🙁
I used Kilz spray primer for the legs and then some coats of Rustoleum white semi gloss spray paint.
When that dried, I stuck each stool into a large trash bag and tied it close around the top so only the rim would be exposed. Then I used some turquoise spray paint (Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze) that I had left in the garage to add a colorful detail to the top.
And I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. (In case you are wondering, I’m still not done with the tile backsplash but don’t tell anybody, ok?)
I love our new and cheap counter stools or should I say barstools??
(In case you are wondering what sink I bought, I bought THIS extra deep one with THIS sink basket strainer and THIS faucet. The combo has worked really well for us. You can find a very similar pendant light HERE)
The honeycomb light fixture doesn’t look as green on the photos as it actually is. The stools and light coordinate perfectly in my book.
What do you think? You like them as much as I do?