I get lots of questions about my mismatched barstools and I realized today I have never done a blog post about them! So, lets fix that!
1st Question: Where did I buy my mismatched barstools?
When we moved into our home I loved Pottery Barns wood barstools but unfortunately at the time they were not in the budget.
I saw a lone barstool at a thrift store for $10 and decided to buy it and we could use it until I found what I wanted.
Then we were on vacation and I found a different lone barstool for $20…and the wheels in my head started turning….what if I had mis matched barstools but painted them the same color?
I did just that. I painted these 2 barstools turquoise. At the time I only had 2 girls so they served their purpose but ultimately I wanted 4. Collecting furniture can be so fun, but it take times to find the perfect pieces.
About a year later a follower of my blog contacted me and asked me if I wanted a random barstool to add to my kitchen. I was glad she did, it is perfect for my kitchen. (it was black when I got it)
2nd question: How did I paint my mismatched barstools?
All three of my barstools had been painted with a factory lacquer so the first step was to sand them down really really good. I knew these chairs were going to take beating from my kids so I needed the paint to stick really well.
After they were sanded I primed them with Kilz water based primer.
Next I sprayed them with latex paint, Quarry by Pratt and Lambert (full Post here)
After they were painted I sanded the edges where I knew the paint would chip anyway and added a glaze to distress them and hopefully hide the wear and tear over the years. After the glaze was dry I sprayed them with a water based polyurethane.
And here is what they look like all together!
3rd question: How have they held up?
I knew these barstools would take a beating. Between my kids climbing on them, knocking them over and of course all of the food. I am happy to say in 4 years I have only touched them up once. The water based polyurethane sealed the latex very well as they do not have one stain on them even with all the red juice that has been spilled. The edges have a little extra distressing…but that is to be expected. Paint is a hard finish so no matter what you do paint will chip a little. But doing the right prep work can minimize that significantly.
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