Barstool Makeover

Hello!

Welcome to my first Silhouette Cameo project post.  I’ve had this idea rolling around in my mind for a LONG time and I finally decided to do something about it.  Years ago, my husband was given a few of these generic bar stools.  They were beat up and not very attractive, but we used them in our kitchen anyway.

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See?  Kinda blah.  So after 10+ years of using them this way, I’d had enough.  You can see I have a high boring tolerance. LOL.

I saw a project photo on the Silhouette blog a couple of years ago or so and I knew that’s what I wanted to do.  Still, they sat in my kitchen in their despair.

So this summer I finally decided enough was too much and painted the tops with some spray paint I already had lying around. I also picked up a sample of paint from my local Lowes Home Improvement store.  I was hoping one sample would be enough to paint all three stools.  The color I chose was Valspar Lyndhurst Gallery Beige.  It’s from their National Trust for Historic Preservation line.  My walls are dark brown and I’m trying to incorporate a little more gray into my decor so I wanted a kind of light greige and this fit the bill perfectly!

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Then they stayed in the garage to cure….for 3 months.  Do you see a pattern of my DIY projects here?  And now you can see why this is my first project post!

So for real this time, I had the bug to finish these things and put them back in their place of honor in my kitchen.  I cut out the peony pattern from the Silhouette Store.  You can use whatever vinyl you have on hand.  I inherited this hunter green so I used it.  Cut the pattern, pull off the excess vinyl and then place it on the stool seat like this: img_7577 img_7579

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After you pull off the transfer tape (or in my case clear contact paper), it’s time to paint the stools.

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Let your paint dry for about 30 minutes to an hour then carefully pull off the vinyl pieces.  I learned the hard way that if you pull off the paint too soon, you’ll mess up your final design.  It wasn’t too much of a big deal to me though because I wanted the final product to be rusted and distressed but if you want a crisp result, wait a bit before taking the vinyl off.

Okay, now here’s where I got excited and just went to town…..and didn’t take any more photos until the stools were completely done.  Oopsie. Sorry!

But I painted all of the stools, seat and legs, with the sample paint.  And yes, I had enough paint for all three stools with a little left over.  Yes!

After the paint dried overnight.  I sanded the seat with a sanding sponge.  Then I glazed them, legs and all, with Valspar Asphaltum glaze and then wiped it off immediately.  I didn’t want them to be too dark.  For the final step, I sprayed them a couple of times with a clear protective spray coat.

Tada!!

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They turned out EXACTLY how I pictured them in my head!  The best!

And there they are.  Home at last:

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I love my Silhouette Cameo! What projects have you done with yours?  I’d love to see!  Post a link to your projects in the comments section.

Thanks for joining me today!

Keep being crafty!

Rebecca 🙂

 

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