Sunday, March 30, 2014

Gingham Stools

I found these four stools at my neighbor's house on trash day.
They were covered with a layer of that white vinyl and then a layer of some awful floral fabric.

After I pried out at least a million staples I got to work painting them with two coats of Behr Outback green color mixed into homemade chalk paint.

For the tops I wanted to add a little something and I went with a gingham look.  First I taped off lines one way and painted them with a light coat of Valspar Churchill Hotel Vanilla.  After that was dry I lightly sanded it and then taped off lines the other way and gave another coat of the cream paint.
It gave a sweet look to the tops of the stools.
I distressed them all over and waxed them with Minwax Finishing Paste.  I only painted three stools because the fourth had a broken spindle and it was a repair I did not want to do.
The green and cream colors pair so nicely together and I love the dark wood peaking out underneath. 

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  1. You just keep those new ideas coming! Now I have to find something to a gingham check!

  2. I love the gingham!!! Great job!!!

  3. Wow! You really did a great job recreating the gingham look with the paint. There's not a lot of room for error. Love the stools.

  4. You are quite talented and creative !! :) So pretty! :)

  5. What a transformation! You got to love free stuff!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!
    Emily @

  6. So cute and one of a kind. I love them!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  7. Your gingham stools caught my eye at The Inspiration Exchange Party. Love this idea - so pretty especially with the distressing added.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  8. What a great idea!! At first I thought it was fabric on the the paint idea! I would love to have you join me for my Centerpiece Wednesday linky party and share this post with us. Come on over 

  9. These came out so cute. Love them.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  10. What a massive improvement. I love the way you achieved the gingham look, I thought at first it was fabric. Your paint technique is beautiful.

  11. You just answered what I'll be doing with some stools somebody gave us. They've been sitting out in the yard all winter and I want to do a cute fixup. Can always use stools. Yours look so great, thanks for inspiration. I'll going to make tops gingham but the legs something else. Happy Spirng

  12. Guess I shouldn't be leaving comments this late at night,my spelling is atrocious. Happy Spsring

  13. I love these! Thanks so much for sharing on Twirl & Take a Bow last week!

    - Brooke -

  14. Nice project, I love how you rescued these stools.

  15. What a great makeover! I just wanted to let you know that I am linking to this post at Simply Creative Living on 4/9 if you don't mind.

  16. These stools are so darn pretty. Did you show them to your neighbor (hope not, she'll want them back). Similar to my story on a tray table makeover I did. Hope you'll come over and check it out! In the meantime, I'll be following your lovely blog and visiting often.

  17. Perfect, I want to paint my stools and this idea is great. Red and white checks it is!

  18. Beautiful!! Love this idea...would be so cute in the kitchen!! Thanks so much for sharing!!


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