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Stool makeover in french grey

I don’t always have big paint jobs, no, I have plenty of smaller projects.  Like this bar stool for instance.  Painting a chair or stool is actually a  great project if you are new to painting  furniture.  Start small,   so you don’t get discouraged.

My son moved to a new studio apartment and needed a new start.   Well, he decided to paint most of his furniture and I helped him with that.  Nothing flashy or unusual – white, grey or navy were his choices.  I dug into my “paint” cabinet and found a nearly new can of grey.  Last December I painted his desk, dresser and small table in grey.    For the breakfast bar in the kitchen he needed a bar stool but it took a while to find the perfect stool.  About two weeks ago I found my stool at the thrift store,  in stable condition and comfortable.  Only the color was not right, but that is no problem!  The previous owner actually had the seat covered with heavy fabric, so the straw seat looks unused.  Here is my before picture:

(I already ripped off the fabric to take a look at the seat..)



I sanded the chair with a sanding sponge and cleaned it with a TSP solution.  After that I painted one coat Zinsser primer, and two coats  Glidden French Grey.  I love the color because it has some blue in it.   I also applied two coats of wipe-on polyurethane.

Here is the new bar stool:

grey bar stool makeover


grey bar stool


Doesn’t it look like a Crate & barrel stool?

grey bar stool


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  1. Oh, wat is-ie leuk geworden!

  2. It looks so perfect and crisp! Great work!

    • Thanks Karen for your kind words. This was just a fun spring project.

  3. I love it! It does look perfect! Very well done, and thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

    • Your nice words are much appreciated, thanks Carrie! And thanks for hosting..

  4. Impressive! I’d love to have you link this beautiful stool to What to do Weekends. Following also. Linda

    • Thanks Linda for your kind words! Yes, I will link up to your party.

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