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March 12, 2012

Counter Stool Redo -- Before and After

OK, I have a confession to make.  I have this little addiction to shopping for furniture that I can refinish or change.  I keep purchasing, and am loving it, but my garage and husband are NOT! I found these black beauties and I KNEW exactly what I wanted to do with them!  These counter stools turned out STUNNING!  I LOVE THEM! I hope you enjoy this SWEET little tutorial so you can create your own SWEET pair of counter stools!!  I feel like Napoleon Dynamite!  :)
The Original Bar Stool.  Nice Enough, but wait for the finished product.  Sand lightly. 

 Paint with color of choice.  I chose turquoise. I painted two heavy coats of the paint. 
 I used an electric sander to distress with a VERY FINE sand paper.  I used a new paper for each stool.   

The next part is the unique finish of the stools!  I LOVE IT!  First and foremost the pictures do not do justice, just know that these are rock star counter stools!
I used my tissue paper mod podge technique here!  I took it to a whole new level!  FURNITURE!  OH YEA!  OH, the POSSIBILITIES!  
I printed off the graphic I was using and found the center of the paper and center of the stool.  
Add mod podge and spread to the area that will contain the tissue paper.  

 Set tissue paper on top of the mod podge. You will have wrinkles and bumps.  Smooth down and know you will get some rips but that is part of the imperfection.  
Wipe off any excess mod podge.

You will let the glue set until almost dry.  
  You will start sanding the paper and the lines of the paper will start to become part of the wood.  SOOO COOL!   

 Sand as heavily or as light as you wish.  I did a pretty heavy sanding job on mine.  I wanted it to appear like screen printing and aged, all in one.   
  After you achieve the results you like.  I finished the bar stools off with two coats of polyurethane.   

 And the finished line up!   

Love, Stacie

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Ruby Jean said...

Oh hello my Sweet friend... I feel as though I am finally coming out of my CAVE :) Your stools look Adorable... I love the effect that the image has...It looks like it has been there for YEARS!!! Have a LOVELY week!!

Sierra said...

Thats soooo cute! I love you Aunt Stacie!

Washer Parts said...

Hello friend,
Wondful process! You have done an excellent job with a great techinic.

Amanda said...

Sooo stinkin cute!

Like Mother Like Daughter Blog said...

Could you please share what color turquoise you used? I love it! Great job!

Katie Leipprandt said...

These are gorgeous! I have the same counter stools and love what you did with them. Found you at TT&J, thanks for sharing!

Ashley C. said...

What a cute way to personalize standard stools - love it!

The Three Sweet Peas said...

The color that I used is Sunken Pool. A Martha Stewart Color. It is really a LOVELY color!

Thanks for all of the kind words!


Unknown said...

wow, you are a girl after my heart. i adore these stools and am dying to do something similar for my 3 kids counter you take orders at all????!

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