This is my first chalk paint project! When we built our house, we ended up installing two kitchen islands. We brought with us two bar stools and purchased two more. For some reason it never occurred to me the seating and islands were all, the same color: dark cherry. This eventually began to my quest to give a cheap and easy bar stool make-over.
It was time to lighten things up and reupholster. Everything was just too dark. I did a quick fix two years ago from a table cloth I found at Target. It worked fine and had held up quite well. I only paid $17 for the table cloth, so there is zero guilt associated with my bar stool update.
Chalk Paint Before
A prerequisite was this project needed to be easy. This was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at chalk paint. The verdict is still out regarding like or dislike of chalk paint. It seems like everyone but myself raves about the paint. I’m just not 100% sold on it. Here are two things I wish I would have known:
- Chalk paint is NOT smooth
- There is not a sheen
Truthfully, my guess is a high-quality product such as Annie Sloan would be superior to the product used in this bar stool redo.While evidently not needed, I did lightly sand everything before painting but didn’t need to strip the finish! Woohoo!
The wax was originally an antique brown but thankfully decided to mix it with clear wax. The antique appeared too dark on the yellow paint. The formula and measurements for the wax mixture are very scientific: I eyeballed and guessed. The painting portion was the most time consuming.
The fabric on the seat is
iron from Crypton (not an affiliate). I can’t say enough good things about this brand. The fabric is soft to the touch, drapes well (but would NEVER use it for draperies), and is extremely durable. Soap and water clean up most of the spills with ease. Do you notice the shortcut of not removing the blue fabric? #toolazytoremovestaples
I cut the fabric in a large square to cover the pad and wrap underneath. One method I use is to wrap the fabric around the seat almost like a square tortilla. Secure the fabric with two staples directly across from each other and ensure the fabric is tight and smooth. Then do the exact same on the opposite sides, basically placing staples: north, south, east, and west. From there I continue to work little by little always making sure the fabric is smooth and tight. At that point, I will then trim the excess fabric to what it looks like in the below picture.
If you’ve never made welting or piping, trust me, it’s EASY! Cut fabric on the bias (diagonal), and with a zipper foot, I sewed in the cording. It was way cheaper than buying something similar. Not to mention the finished product looks more professional.
Other than the welt, this is a no sew project. I would, however, highly recommend an electric staple gun. It need not be fancy schmancy, but your hands will thank you. Plus, you’ll be all set to make all kinds of fabulous home dec projects with it!
The end project brought in a bit of color to the kitchen. The most time-consuming part of this project came with painting & dry time. Reupholstering the stools, was easy breezy.
Overall, the project took a few days but the majority of that was ‘dry time’. Here’s the finished bar stool. In regards to the chalk paint, I will say it’s held up extremely well. It’s much lighter and think the chalk paint before and after have made an impact. Have you ever used chalk paint? If so, what are your thoughts on it and what brand would you recommend?