Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tutorial: Houndstooth Stool Makeover


I’ve had these inexpensive Ikea stools for ages. I use them for absolutely everything. They hold my dinner most nights, serve as extra seating, a place to rest my legs while blogging and so much more. The only problem is that they were kind of trashed. Kid marks, spilled drinks, you name it stains of all kinds have sunk into the unfinished wood. So, I decided it was time to give them a little makeover. I actually used chalkboard paint since I thought that would be fun for the nieces and I’m totally in love with how they turned out. I used a houndstooth FolkArt stencils with a mix of acrylic and chalkboard paints.


I started off by painting the stool with Folk Art acrylic paint. I mixed a few colors that I had on hand to a color similar to the green in my fabric covered boxes.


After the white coat dried I taped the stencil in place and using a stencil brush I applied the chalkboard paint.


It’s probably better to let it sit there and dry but I’m so impatient I lifted the stencil off super quickly and washed off the paint. Then after the pain was dry (about 30 minutes) I moved on to the next section.


It definitely had a learning curve but after I got the hang of it it wasn't too bad. The edges aren’t perfect but I kind of like the imperfection of it. I thought about trying some spray adhesive but I wasn’t sure if there would be residue left on the bench.

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19 comments:

  1. I love those stools so so much!

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  2. I love those stools! What a super fun idea.

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  3. I LOVE how your stools turned out. That green is the perfect color and it goes nicely with the black and white houndstooth.

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  4. LOVE them!! What a difference in the before and after, girl! Sheesh, do you ever make anything that isn't fabulous or adorable? No? That's what I thought.

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    1. oh dear if you looked up close you'd definitely see the slop but luckily I'm not a perfectionist so I'm totally fine with it.

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  5. I think everyone is missing something vital here. What is that copy of Seige and Storm doing on the stool and HOW CAN I BORROW IT FROM YOU????

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    1. Bwahahahaha I love you Sandi I guess you don't follow me on Instagram. yeah I was totally freaking out when I got it. Like crazy face. My hubby said that it was like beatlemania and like one of the beatles was in my house. I still can't totally believe it

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    2. No, I don't have a smart phone so I haven't jumped on the Instagram wagon :) But still, congratulations on what I'm guessing is an ARC!!!
      More importantly, is it good???

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  6. Great stools! Love the pattern on the top and the pop of green! Great job.

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  7. Ah I have one of these stools too and I've been wondering if I should spruce it up. Love the houndstooth stencil!

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  8. SO stinking cute Marissa! Love these.

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  9. I can't tell you how much I love these.

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  10. These look so cute! I am sure you are so happy you fixed them up! Love it! Pinning!

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  11. These are just too adorable! (would match my kitchen too!) Great pattern and colors! Love it!
    Morgaine from Madcap Frenzy
    http://www.madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/03/totally-tuesday-link-party-2.html

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