The great thing about being a "newbie" to the blogging community is that I have a lot of past projects to blog about. Since I do most of my creating in the summer, this will give me quite a few goodies to share over the next few months.
We built our house eight years ago. At that time, I bought two bar stools. I think I was in a hurry and we were running short on money, so I bought a couple of stools that I didn't love.
They are nice bar stools. I ordered them from JCPenney. They are metal, very heavy, and they swivel. I think the problem is that they are a tuscan style and I was wanting more of a "cottagy" look. Looking back on it, I think just about everything was tuscan in 2004.
To get that comfy, cottage look, I spray painted like crazy! I think I used about 6 cans of a soft green spray paint.
But you can't leave furniture all shiny and new. It has to look like it's been around for years and has a great story to tell. I used a light gray acryclic paint and very lightly drybrushed over the green paint. Then I sanded everything down. I really went crazy on some parts.
Unlike our dining table and chairs, these barstools get used a lot. I have reupholstered the seats several times over the years. I had read about using a drop cloth to cover furniture. What a great idea. I spent $9 on a drop cloth, and I was able to cover both stools and a bench for Megan's room. All I had to do was wash it three or four times and it was ready to go. I thought a nice full ruffle would be fun, and cottagy (is that really a word?).