After a few years of leaving them as I bought them (I know, what is wrong with me?), I finally started painting my Target bar stools. I actually just painted one to experiment, before I did the other two.
I love how it pops against the white cabinets and wood counters now. Before, the stools were blending into the counter and floors and felt a little “eh.”
This stool was painted in two coats of MMSMP in French Enamel and then heavily distressed with 100 grit sand paper followed by 180 grit to soften the scratches a bit. I quieted the paint color and finished the chair with MMS Antiquing Wax, So even though there’s lost of visual texture, the finish is butter smooth.
I know my boys are going to help me with distressing these, so why not take it to the extreme? I think it also gives these off-the-shelf stools a bit more personality, anyway, and I don’t have to bite my nails when they become tent poles for a cushion fort or the road for matchbox cars.
Since I have two more stools to paint, I will make a tutorial for all the techniques I used to achieve this look.