I’m painting my kitchen bar stools one at a time, so my kids don’t freak out. They sit at them quite often during the day for meals, snacks, drinks, treats, coloring, playing with the iPad, etc. So, I’m working on number two and thought I would take some pictures along the way for a tutorial.
The color I’m using is French Enamel in MMS Milk Paint.
I started out by lightly sanding the stool with 100 grit sand paper. I wanted to take a bit of the shine off the finish and remove some of the dried oatmeal, yogurt and various other splats that have added a nice “texture” and “patina” to the chairs. Sanding to prep a piece to paint doesn’t have to be a big intricate ordeal. It’s just roughing up the surface to give it “tooth” for the paint to grip. It only took about 4-5 minutes.
I wiped away the dust with a cloth, mixed the paint (with the bonding agent) and started to paint.
You can read more about what to expect when using milk paint HERE, but this is a peek at what it looks like after the first coat. The color looks uneven and streaky. Don’t give up at this point! Wait until it fully dries and apply a second coat. Not all colors/pieces are going to need a second coat, but the higher the contrast, the more coats you may need to get good coverage.
Once the first coat was dry, I applied the second coat of paint. I used the same mixture I had made up with the Bonding Agent in it, but the Bonding Agent only needs to be used on the first coat.
As you can see, the look and coverage are much better with the second coat.
Since I still have one more bar stool to paint, I just wrapped up the paint in cling wrap. It will keep like that for a few days and it will just need a stir when I’m ready to use it again. (I’ll show what that looks like.)
In addition to working on the bar stool, I couldn’t wait to get to work on this new Craig’s List acquisition…
The sofa in my living room was given to me by my aunt and uncle. It’s a beautiful piece that belonged to my uncle’s mother. They’re coming up this way soon to pick up some furniture pieces, so I asked if they would like to have the sofa back, in order to keep it in their side of the family. My uncle’s brother has use for it, so I’ll happily be passing it along and started looking for a replacement…something I love to do, anyway!
I had been hunting Craig’s List for a few weeks, but didn’t find anything. Saturday night, though, I found this sofa, which had been listed for almost two weeks and I had somehow missed it! It was a great price $100, in good condition and a quick drive for me to pick up. I love the Scandinavian-ish style of the wood frame and it’s a super comfy sofa, believe it or not.
It was a bear to strip, but I got it all ready to paint the frame, make some minor repairs and upholster it in some new fabric when it arrives (from Germany!)
I almost always find unusual things when I strip furniture…coins, ladybugs, hair ties… and this time I found a bunch of Legos.
I’m waiting for the day when I find a diamond ring or savings bonds…
Our new bathtub was also delivered today and I will admit I sat in it while I was on a business call. I love taking baths and am looking forward to sinking down into a deep soaking tub.
It’ll be hanging out in the middle of my bedroom for a little while, though. We start the demo this week…