I’ve had these hideous bar stools for years. I’m pretty sure I got them on sale for $12 a piece, and at the time, I thought the best solution was to spray paint everything black. Five years, a move, and two dogs later, they didn’t hold up very well. But, instead of buying new ones, I figured I’d give upcycling them a shot. It still feels a little weird to look over and not see crappy black stools, but I’m slowly getting used to it.
I started by sanding the entire stool. In retrospect, I could have gotten away with sanding the top and then lightly sanding the legs. Why do I make things harder on myself?
I then painted the legs with 2 coats of silver and one coat of Martha Stewart’s Satin Peashoot. After the paint dried I lightly sanded, trying to focus on exposing the silver underneath rather than the wood.
I then stained the top of the stool with two coats of Miniwax Wood Finish on Golden Oak. I also ran a coat of stain over the legs to give it a more vintage look. Then finished it off with a satin varnish.
I have one more stool to do, but my hands are sore from sanding. I’m hoping it won’t take another five years!