Do you have outdated, wooden kitchen barstools? See how I used white chalk paint to give our scratched wooden stools a quick and easy makeover!
I love a quick project that gives a lot of bang for your buck (and effort!). This barstool makeover was just that.
These barstools get quite a bit of use. The kids often sit at the bar for snacks, homework, and to help me prepare dinner.
The stools were really dark in an already dark kitchen AND the wood color of the stools was different than the cabinetry – I was ready to give them a facelift!
They weren’t bad, it was just brown overload.
If you are not familiar with how to paint furniture, this post is a great place to start!
I tend to make my own rules, but this will help you see that there is more than one way to accomplish a task and love the results.
The new painted bar stools work great alongside my painted kitchen table!
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How to paint furniture with white chalk paint
First things first.
1. Clean furniture really well prior to painting
No matter the paint you choose, it is always important to take the time to clean your piece before diving into the painting process.
TSP is great to use on your furniture for a thorough cleaning prior to painting.
BUT….I did not have any when I decided on a whim to paint my kitchen stools. So, I simply used Dawn dish soap and warm water to clean my chairs.
Frankly, ours weren’t covered in major grease, stains, or any other yucky debris, so soap and water was enough.
Make sure they have the opportunity to dry prior to proceeding to the priming stage.
2. Tape off any portions you do NOT want paint
Use your favorite painter’s tape to ensure you do not get paint on the seat portion of your stool.
This is a bit tedious and simply not fun. BUT, it is worth the extra 10 minutes of your time.
Just do it.
3. Prime furniture if using a light paint color
Even when using chalk paint, I think it is super helpful to prime the furniture first, before using the chalk paint.
Especially if using white paint!
In my opinion, white paint is one of the most challenging colors. It tends to need a little extra time and attention for good coverage. Because of that, I like to prime EVERYTHING if I use white paint.
This stuff sticks to anything!
To prime the chairs, I simply brushed on a light layer of primer, going with the grain of wood.
Let it dry for a few hours if possible prior to moving to the chalk paint portion of the project.
4. Apply two coats of chalk paint
The rest of this project goes really quickly as chalk paint dries fast!
For these barstools, I mixed a stark white chalk paint with one that was a little creamy in color to get a perfect white for our space.
If you haven’t tried mixing chalk paints, you should give it a go. It’s a great way to customize a color.
I tend to do this to save a little money as well.
Kilz chalk paint is very reasonably priced, easy to find, and has gorgeous colors. Unfortunately it is not my favorite in terms of it’s finish.
But, paired with Amy Howard chalk paint, it works great. Amy Howard paint has a great finish, however is a bit on the expensive side, in my personal opinion.
Mixing the two gives me the best of both worlds…friendly on the budget, beautiful colors, and great finish.
One word of caution when mixing paints, be sure you use a ratio that is easy to duplicate. My go-to ratio is a simple 1:1 if possible.
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5. Complete touch ups as needed
You will likely not need to do a full third coat due to using the primer. But know that with white paint, chances are good you will still need to do a few touch-ups prior to sealing your piece.
6. Seal your stools / furniture with wax or polycrylic
I operate on a system of using what I have prior to buying more of something.
So, since I had Valspar Sealing Wax, I used it!
It is crazy fast to apply! Keep in mind, as I mentioned earlier, I tend to make my own rules with my DIY projects.
To apply, I simply painted on the wax (I did two chairs at a time). Then after a few minutes, I wiped off the extra with a lint free cloth.
At the time I’m writing this, it’s been about three-four weeks since finishing the project and the finish is holding up perfectly.
7. Enjoy your new painted furniture!
Whether you decided to paint your bar stools, kitchen chairs, dining table, or end table, I hope you love it.
This little makeover really brightened up our kitchen.
Next, I’m hoping to convince my husband to let me paint the cabinets! What do you think? 😉
Knowing simple ways to paint wood furniture can help you give outdated pieces in your home new life so you can enjoy them longer.
As I always say, I’m here to encourage us all to Love Our Real Life.
Very few of us (myself at the top of this list!) have a perfect home. But, my goal is to help inspire you to ‘love the one you’re with’!
For more tips on painting furniture:
- Dining Table Makeover with Chalk Paint
- Lots of Before and After Painted Furniture Ideas
- How to Make your Own Chalk Paint with this easy recipe