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.
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.
Trust me, if these chairs could talk, I bet my son would be grounded For. Ev. Er. LOL.
Amazingly, the current refresh was on schedule right when the DIY Furniture Girls monthly theme was “Inspired by Chocolate.” What. Great. Timing.
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.
Then, 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.
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.
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.
Then, as the house refresh continued to move from darker to lighter colors, the stools were scheduled for a refresh, too.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
So, it will be a few weeks before the chairs begin the next 20-plus years of service.
From black bar stools to white table chairs. Who knew?
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