My original plan had been to number them 1 , 2 , 3. I worked up a design on Adobe Illustrator and showed my best friend Mrs. G. She fell in love too and since they were the perfect height for her kitchen bar asked if she could get them from me when I was done. Once I knew who was going to be the owner of them I my mind started churning again and I consulted my best bloggy friend Rachel at Thrifty Inspirations. What if instead of doing 1, 2, 3 I did something more custom, something very personal, like say an anniversary date? Rachel loved the idea and we both are keeping our fingers crossed that Mrs. G does too!
Before I do the reveal I want to teach you how to do this yourself!
Step 1: Prep your surfaces! (You are going to want to sand, sand, sand, and then sand some more till you have your surface ready for paint and stain! Seriously make sure you are completely done sanding your bar stools…).
Step 2: Tape off the top of the bar stools with paper and paint the base! (After you spend all the time sanding you don’t want to ruin it by accidentally getting paint on it!) I had to go back and do some sanding because I did not do enough in Step 1 and ended up sanding some of the paint on the bar stools legs … Booo!
Step 3: Create your design, cut it out, and apply transfer tape! (You can use any kind of stencil cutter. We have a large Roland GX-24 it’s a big daddy!).
Step 4: Apply stencil to the top of the bar stools. (Tape just off set of the middle, remove paper backing, rub smooth with a squeegee. Remove paper from other side squeegee, and CAREFULLY remove transfer tape).
Step 5: PAINT (be careful to stay within the constraints of your stencil or you will be sanding your bar stools again), Remove the Stencil and let the paint cure for at least 24 hours.
Step 6: STAIN!!! (I used Minwax Gel Stain – Walnut so it would stick to the vertical surfaces of the bar stools without dripping off. This stuff worked wonders!) Paint the stain on wait 3 minutes and Wipe off. It’s that easy!!