vintage-style barstools

Marian ParsonsFavorite Finds, Kitchen, My House

I can’t believe that I’ve had new barstools for months and haven’t shared the details until today!  I used to document every tiny change that happened in my house, but now that I work at the studio most of the time, my house is just my house, so I don’t take pictures as regularly as I used to.  So, finally…these are the new barstools…


A few months after we moved into our house, my mom and I were out shopping and came across these barstools from Target…

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I painted them in MMS Milk Paint French Enamel finished with Antiquing Wax, but they were originally a mid-tone wood with a glossy finish.  They were on clearance and I liked the style, so we tracked down three of them at two different stores.  I’ve been very happy with them, but one broke a few months ago and, since I bought them on clearance years ago, I couldn’t find a replacement.

I also had an idea that I wanted stools with more of a vintage look to them.  It felt like these stuck out a bit against my other furnishings.  I shopped all over the place online and fell in love with this 19th Century English Schoolhouse Stool from Restoration Hardware.  That is my favorite place to browse when I’m looking for new furniture with an antique feel.  I prefer actual antiques, but sometimes that’s non-existent, like a queen-sized bed, or really hard to find, like four sturdy matching counter-height stools.

RH Schoolhouse Stool

As with all large non-business-related furniture purchases, I started to put a plan together for how I could buy these without cutting into our family budget.

I started saving up my business credit card points and I traded them in for cash.  I didn’t have quite enough, though, so I sold this rug…

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One of my readers was in love with it for her house and, since I could never find the perfect spot for it, I sold it to her and then I had enough to order the stools.

First of all, I love the way they look.  The style and the color of the wood (the weathered oak finish), compliment the space, but don’t look “matchy”.


The stools  had a very matte finish…they almost feel raw, but I like that as well.  I have considered oiling them or even putting a wash of paint on them but I’m going to wait until I’m 100% sure on that one and I’m just not.  The only downside to these stools is that the seat is as flat as a pancake.  Our last ones were a little sculpted, which made them more comfortable to sit in.  We usually sit in these for quick meals, snacks, sometimes a project and I occasionally work on my computer, so it’s okay if they are not the most comfortable seat in the house.


I ordered four, since we are a family of four, but it looked really crowded, so I took one away and keep it in the basement as a spare.  I’ve learned my lesson that barstools can break and it might not be possible to find a match down the road.


Today, Kriste and I packed and shipped out the rest of the ironstone and we worked on another fall photo shoot…

I could create and photograph seasonal tablescapes all day long…

vintage-style barstools

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