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A Client Project – Bar Stool Makeover

I seem to have taken a little break from painting for a while there… there were too many balls in the air and not enough hands to keep them all moving! So while the pieces of furniture in the garage were calling my name, I ignored them for a while. But I don’t think I’ll do that any more… I love furniture makeovers, the quiet that comes from sanding, playing with colour,  and painting. So after posting about my search for balance this week, and thinking through the lovely advice I received, I’m forcing myself to scratch out time for just for myself.

I did have two client projects to work on though, both of which were makeovers for existing furniture that just needed a little freshening up. The first was a basic wooden bed that I gave a lovely new white finish, though I was in such a rush I didn’t take any photos. UGH. The second was a pair of orange pine bar stools – and you know how much I love to makeover anything orange pine! So thought I would share those today.


bar stools

I’ve painted loads of bar stools this year; they’re great for a pop of colour and these are no exception. The lovely owner of these had recently purchased an ottoman from me, and having seen a pair of stools I’d done earlier this year on Facebook asked if I would replicate the look for hers. Easy! I used a custom mix stain I had on hand for the seats, and then Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence for the legs. I gave then a light distressed and finished off with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.


bar stools 2

Their owner was really happy with the stools when she came to pick them up, which makes me happy too. It’s such a great feeling knowing I’ve made something old and just a bit ugly into something beautiful and perfect for their owners home.

I’ve got a few larger pieces sitting in the garage ready to work on over the Christmas period, when I get a minute or two quiet time. I’m looking forward to it!





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