Monday, July 25, 2011

spraypaint makes everything new

So a few months ago I got this pair of barstools at DI for $8 each. They're super nice construction, solid wood, and I love the curvy legs. They were a little banged up, but they looked ok. Then I got another bar stool (also from DI) that is similar but a different finish. I thought it would match my table and chairs, but it didn't quite match that either.

I left them like that for a while, but recently I got sick of having 3 different wood finishes in the same small area.

So of course, I went to the spraypaint aisle at Wal-Mart. I was reaching for my favorite (Krylon Cherry Red) but I decided I should branch out and try something new. I went with Krylon Global Blue instead.

Here's the chair after a coat of paint. It was way too bright blue. It was like a fluorescent marker.

But I still had some glaze leftover from this project, so I decided to glaze the chairs. I didn't take after pictures of the curvy bar stools, but here is the other one. I love how they turned out!

Since these chairs don't have a lot nooks and crannies for the glaze, I glazed them a little differently. I brushed the glaze on really thick and then carefully wiped it off with a dry rag. I went over the same area 3-4 times to get it how I wanted it. The great thing about glaze is it's very forgiving--if you don't like it, you can wipe it off with a wet rag before it dries, and if you want more, you can add more.


Jen said...

They look great. I LOVE spray paint too. It's the bomb!

travis and cammie said...

what glaze did you use? in the process of doing something similar.

Kate said...

Cammie--I used Valspar Antiquing Glaze in Asphalt. I've heard that Ralph Lauren is THE BEST but I couldn't find it anywhere. The Valspar glaze was fine, though. Good luck with your project!