Furniture Makeovers

Chair Makeover: Black Bar Stools Become White Table Chairs

Bar stools are converted to kitchen chairs and painted with creamy white chalk paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com
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I just love home decor that comes together by layering.  And, I don’t mean layering by piling one beautiful accessory on top of another.  I mean layering over the years…as life was happening around it.  

Kitchen chairs refreshed with chalk paint and mixed with seagrass , glass, and granite | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Such was the case with the bar stools turned chairs.  They had served this family for over 20 years and had truly evolved as life was happening. 

Kitchen chairs refreshed with creamy white chalk paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Trust me, if these chairs could talk, I bet my son would be grounded For. Ev. Er.  LOL.

 

DIY Furniture Girls January Themed Challenge - Shades of White | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Amazingly, the current refresh was on schedule right when the DIY Furniture Girls monthly theme was “Inspired by Chocolate.”  What. Great. Timing.

Inspired by Chocolate Challenge | Baker's White Chocolate and Sherwin Williams Dover White | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Since many of my walls were already painted in Sherwin Williams Dover White, it seemed only natural to whip up a little chalk paint that would take these dark and dreary chairs into lighter and brighter.

Here’s how it all came together..

Originally, my kitchen peninsula had a high bar so three of these super-sturdy bar stools were purchased in about 1997.  My set is this exact stool except with a black distressed finish.  Photo from Nichols and Stone (dot) com.

Nichols and Stone Counter Stool from NicholsandStone.com | www.thechelseaproject.comThen, when the first phase of the kitchen refresh was done, the high bar was removed and a table-height “bar” was added.  Luckily, aside from some knicks and dings, the bar stools were in perfect (and I do mean perfect) condition.  In my mind, it just seemed criminal to toss them aside.

Basr stools with knicks and dings before a refresh with chalk paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

But, in order to work as kitchen table chairs, they would have to be shortened.  So, when the kitchen workmen were here with their mega-saws, the chairs were taped, measured, and cut.  It really was as simple as that.

Shorten bar stool that will be stable as a chair | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

Then, for many more years, the stools-turned-chairs served the family just as if they were purchased this way.  It’s amazing.  These are the most sturdy pieces I’ve ever seen.

Black chairs at the kitchen counter | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then, as the house refresh continued to move from darker to lighter colors, the stools were scheduled for a refresh, too.

Black chairs made from bar stools | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And, even though chalk paint would likely stick to the surface, the chairs were thoroughly sanded to rough-up the surface and to remove the deep knicks and dings.

Black chair sanded before makeover with chalk paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then each chair was cleaned with a tack cloth and covered with two to three coats of chalk paint.  Each coat was allowed to dry several hours and was gently sanded with already-been-used 240-grit sand paper before the next coat of paint was applied. By buffing the finish between coats of paint, a buttery-slick finish was created.

Chair on the left with chalk paint only. Chair on the right with tobacco-colored glaze | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

However, what I was not expecting was the paint to be so stark (above photo – chair on the left).  It was just way too white for the rest of the room.  To soften the color, the chair was fully sanded and distressed, and then washed with a tobacco-colored glaze (above photo – chair on the right).

White chairs made from bar stools refreshed with chalk paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The goal was to make the chairs look as if they had aged naturally.  As if, by just dutifully sitting at the counter, they layered-on a rich patina.

Black barstools become white kitchen chairs and refreshed with chalk paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

To seal the finish, a polycoat will be sprayed on ….as soon as there’s a break in the weather.  But, for now, the chairs are hanging out in the dining room to let the finish cure.

Black bar stools to white table chairs are lightened and brightened with creamy white chalk paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

So, it will be a few weeks before the chairs begin the next 20-plus years of service. 

Kitchen chairs refreshed with chalk paint and mixed with seagrass , glass, and granite | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

From black bar stools to white table chairs.  Who knew?

Bar stools are converted to kitchen chairs and painted with creamy white chalk paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

If you appreciate this little makeover, I do hope you’ll share.

From Black Bar Stools to White Table Chairs | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

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55 Comments

  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl February 25, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Great makeover!!! I love them so much more in the white! Great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Thanks, Lindsay. I think the white works better, too.

  • Reply Amy | Canary Street Crafts February 25, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Such a great idea to trim down the bar stools to serve a new purpose. I love how the white paint brightened them up, and your distressing is perfect. They’re really pretty!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thanks, Amy. I bet Nichols and Stone would shriek in horror that I shortened the legs…lol. But, there’s been no change in function. These are built tough. Thanks again. Susie

  • Reply christykjames February 25, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I love how you tell a story, Chelsea! Your comment about your son made me lol! These look absolutely amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Thanks, Christy. XO….Susie

  • Reply Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home} February 25, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I love this! Love your kitchen, too! xo Kathleen

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks, Kathleen. I’m am working on this kitchen like crazy. Lighter and brighter takes much hard work. LOL. I just linked this makeover to your party.

  • Reply Amy @ Highstyle Restyle February 25, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I CANNOT get over these were once bar stools! Holy Batman, what a great idea! The new white (chocolate) makeover is scrumptious!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Thanks, Amy. You know me…..the use what you have gal. Lol…

  • Reply Marie, The Interior Frugalista February 25, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Susie, you have me doing the happy dance over here! We have metal swivel bar stools at our island that are much too tall but after seeing your chairs I was reminded of some wooden ones I have stashed in a corner somewhere waiting for the perfect table to match up with. My island is that perfect table!!! I think you were spot on when you added the glaze to your white painted chairs – it completely gave them that time-worn look. Very nice! I had a chuckle over your comment about if the chairs could talk. LOL Pinning to share ☺

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Thanks, Marie. I’m thrilled to hear that you can remake something from your stash for your bar. This was a fun theme…my little chairs are so happy they were dipped in chocolate. Lol…

  • Reply melaniealexander February 25, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I am thoroughly impressed! I don’t know that I would have ever thought of cutting them down to make them chairs, but why not? It makes perfect sense! I love them πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks, Melanie. I’m so thrilled that you like them. Truly. Thanks so much for stopping by,

  • Reply taylorlisa43 February 25, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    These turned out great!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks, Lisa. I just wasn’t sure. So much appreciate your vote of confidence.

  • Reply Christy * theharperhouse February 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    wow – those look so awesome! Such a great idea to shorten the legs and make them more functional for your family and I am lovin’ the white finish with glaze! Really brightens up your space πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks so much, Christy. You’ve just made my day. Appreciate so much.

  • Reply Lindsay February 25, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I love these! I think they look so much better with the white, and just a tad of black peaking through!

    Great job

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Yay!! Thanks, Lindsay. It surely was going to be hard to go back to black so I’m thrilled the white is better!!

  • Reply Maria @ pastels & Macarons February 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    What a fabulous makeover! Really beautiful finish! xx

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks, Maria. You are so kind to visit and comment. XOXO.

  • Reply Tami @ Curb Alert! February 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Susie, I love how you revived the chairs and the story behind them makes them even more special for your family.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks, Tami. They’re ready for 20 more years of faithful service. Gotta love Nichols and Stone. They surely do know how to make a durable bar stool. Lol.

  • Reply Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY) February 25, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Your chairs turned out just gorgeous! I love them!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks, Karin!!!

  • Reply Jen @ DIY Furniture Makeovers February 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    This is such a cool project, Susie! When you buy good quality pieces, they will last forever – and this is a perfect example! I love how you brightened them up to work in your lighter space.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks, Jen. I agree. The reason you will see all makeovers from stuff I already have is because it’s sturdy stuff, just outdated. A nice voice to have for the DIY girls…. Not all pieces have to be salvaged. Some just need an updo. Lol.

  • Reply Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces February 25, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    As much as I like black, there’s just something about white that is so refreshing. Great job, Susie!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks, Larissa. I love black, too, but these poor babies had just about had the black beaten off of them. Lol. After 20 years of boys and their toys. Oy. It was scratch, knock, and ding city. Lol.

  • Reply Lucy @ Patina Paradise February 25, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    You’re a natural born story teller besides all of your other talents girlie! Great choice on the glaze over the white. Super makeover! ;o)

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 25, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Oh, hey Luc…… what was I…..channeling my inner Mark Twain again?? LOL. You know better than anybody this was a rally project. Really thrilled you hopped on to see it. XOXO

  • Reply paulasweetpea February 26, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Shortening the legs was such a good idea! I really like the new white color and the way you distressed them to look aged. These are now ready for another 20 years of use for your family.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 26, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Thanks, Paula. You are surely right there. These chairs are as sturdy today as the day they were delivered. With the paint refresh, the notion of 20-plus more years makes me smile.

  • Reply jeanie749 February 26, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Wow! You are certainly getting your money’s worth out of these stools/chairs! How smart! And they look fabulous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Thanks, Jeanie. You bet! I think 40 years of use is good for what I paid. Lol.

  • Reply Toni | Smallhomesoul.com February 26, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Susie, those look fantastic and I love how the original black peeks out a bit! Super smart repurpose of some very sturdy pieces!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 26, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Thanks, Toni. We surely do love our stools turned chairs. They’re part of the family. Lol..

  • Reply Karen Marie Kedzuch February 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Susie,
    Your chairs are aged to perfection. I love the lighter look in your home refresh.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 26, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks, Karen… You’re the best!!

  • Reply Happy Happy Nester February 28, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Looks great! I have black bar stools that I started chalk painting and I wasn’t pleased with the color. Also I made my own paint and it was gritty. I need to sand them down and start over. Ok you have inspired me!!! Thanks, and awesome post!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      I’m so sorry your first attempt didn’t work, but so happy you are now inspired to try again. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. Appreciate much. Good luck with your stools!

  • Reply medina grillo March 1, 2016 at 10:34 am

    such a great idea! Love it

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 1, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Thanks so much, Medina!!! It means a lot.

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      Thanks so much! What a wonderful surprise! I’m honored.

  • Reply vintageeve March 3, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    You did an excellent job redoing these chairs. In this throw-away world many would have just bought new ones rather than put in the effort you did. I like that these didn’t just get thrown away and look beautiful πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 5, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks so much. Appreciate your kind words. I noticed that you have a post about vintage Pfaltzgraff. I have a vintage set complete with serving pieces and canisters. I’ll have to pop over and see your blog, too! It looks like we have a lot in common. Thanks again.

  • Reply Amy @ StowandtellU March 3, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I have two dark bar stools that I’m planning to go white on. I’ll be referring to your tut when I get to that project. Love the new white look and the bit of worn look you’ve added because Lord knows around my house, the worn look is permanent, lol!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 3, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      Lol….Amy. I hear ya. My hubs said I didn’t have to sand our stools very much because the boys had just about beaten the black off of them.. Lol!!! Well, there were lots of Knicks and dings, but not quite as bad as the hubs proclaims. But my distressed look will get more distressed….even tho the boy is now grown. Enjoy doing your project. It’s wonderful that the post is helpful.

  • Reply kimjonesfive March 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    This is a great idea to repurpose those bar stools! over white is such a great color too! As always you did an amazingly job. Your attention to detail is fabulous! Hope you are feeling better!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks, Kim. We are thrilled to have our stools turned chairs moving with us into the next 20-plus years. Thanks…yes.doing better. XOXO.

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