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My bar stools have bothered me for a while, not because I don’t like the style. I actually looked long and hard for super tall bar stools that had “window framing” in the back. What has bothered me is the shiny dark finish and the microfiber cushions. You can see how they looked in my kitchen tour post.
These chairs are used multiple times a day by my kids. They eat breakfast in them every single day. The shiny dark finish showed every single crumb and fingerprint. And the microfiber showed every drop of liquid. They were such a pain to clean, because even when I wiped them down, they didn’t look clean!
It was time for a complete renovation of the chairs and I attacked them this weekend.
I mean, look at that disgusting microfiber! Ewww!!!!
We popped off the seat cushions and I started painting the chair skeletons. I used Flow Blue milk paint from Miss Mustard Seed. I mixed the milk paint powder with water and started painting. I actually had my kids help me, because this project was not about perfectionism. Even the baby got on board with a paintbrush.
The paint crackled off the chairs because of the shiny finish underneath (that I did nothing to prep). I learned about the crackle effect at a painting class from Miss Mustard seed herself at SNAP Conference this past spring. I loved the chipped paint look! It totally goes with my intent of making these chairs camouflage fingerprints and crumbs! Then I rubbed the chips off the chairs and gave them about 4 coats of flat clear spray paint to make it wipe-able, because messes will happen and I want to clean them up without ruining the chairs.
I found some oil cloth at Hobby Lobby. I only needed 1/2 yard for the three chairs and I had a coupon, so I think I only spent $11. Not bad! Matt helped me pull the oil cloth around the cushion and staple the bottom. It was pretty easy!
I love how they turned out!!
Take that annoying bar stools!! Isn’t it amazing what a little paint and a fabric change can do?