Wood + White Barstools Makeover

Barstools are handy for extra seating and make great easy to move side tables. 

We will find lots of uses for this wood and white pair of barstools with grain sack inspired stripes.

I sanded down the tops and used Varathane Wood Stain in Early American and then painted the stripes with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint. The tops are protected with three coats of Minwax poly. The bases are painted with GF Snow White Milk Paint and waxed with Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax and Annie Sloan Soft Wax. Yeah, quite a few products there but I like using what I have on hand for these almost no cost projects. The GF milk paint goes on so beautifully although without a primer the Snow White needs three coats. I discovered that the antiquing wax works better on projects with more raised details but it did help 'age' the bright white. I used painters tape for the lines, 'aged' the stripes with a wet paper towel and removed the tape almost immediately.

The before was a simple but sturdy varnished wood from a garage sale ($5 for the pair.)

The white, wood and black suits our home so much better and is versatile enough to use in any room in our home.

It is a rainy day here today so I photographed them on our kitchen table under a skylight. We are using one bar stool in our living room beside my favorite knitting/reading chair for my water or iced-coffee and the other in our family room beside the leather recliner for our guys' cell phones while they watch tv. Handy and they don't take up as much space as a full side table.

Our home is truly a work in progress and done on a tight budget but it feels good when even little projects like this one that cost $5 (and supplies on hand) fit my design style. Thanks for visiting!

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  1. I love these barstools! The stripes on the seats are perfect with the natural wood. Very nice Elizabeth!

  2. You gave those bar stools a great transformation. They have so much personality now! Those were a great find.

  3. Great look and a great find! Don't you just love it when it all comes together!

  4. What a great diy, love the result.

  5. Elizabeth,
    Another beautiful re love of these stools. Great transformation.

  6. What a bargain at $5 for the pair....one can always use extra stools

  7. Great find and I love how you transformed them!

    Hope you are enjoying your summer and thanks for your visit and sweet comment.

  8. Great redo on the stools, and yes, they are very handy to have around!

  9. What a clever makeover Elizabeth! Love the faux 'grainsack' look! Thanks for sharing this one at Five Star Frugal. Love, Mimi xxx


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