Friday, 8 June 2018

Up-cycled Napoleonic Blue Painted Kitchen Bar Stools..

I found these fabulous kitchen bar stools at the charity shop where I volunteer. We don't carry any broken or damaged goods at the shop so these were in perfectly good order apart from being quite scratched from lots of  wear and tear but with a good scrubbing they were ready to be made over.

I gave them two coats of  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue simply because I just loved the colour and I've been wanting to try it out ever since she brought it out some years ago.
You do not have to sand down your pieces when you are using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because it has a built in primer that will stick to anything. You do however have to wax your piece afterwards if you want to add an extra layer of protection and sheen. 

If you look closely in one of the more detailed photos below you'll see that gorgeous sheen I'm talking about. I feel you can only get that from adding a coat of wax and buffing it.  It's a simple and easy step and it's the perfect trade off as opposed to painstakingly sanding your piece and dealing with all that dust. 
I forgot to get a photo with the seat pads in but believe me they were ugly.  Brown, torn, old and ugly!  I recovered them with a cotton linen mix fabric I found online.  
Once the stools were painted I gave them a few coats of dark wax and buffed them up with a clean rag to get that beautiful sheen.
I wasn't sure what to do with them for a while once they were painted but then when my husband saw them refinished he thought they would look perfect in our holiday home in Mayo. Why didn't I think of that! The ones we have up there are quite plain with no backs on them so these will fit perfectly and be way more comfy.