I have struggled a bit to find the ultimate barstools. As we have no dining room, visitors tend to gravitate towards our kitchen. So barstools that someone can sit on for a length of time and chat while I prepare dinner is essential.
In the interim, I bought these two barstools late last year from gumtree (for non-Australians gumtree is like Craig’s list). They were a cool A$25 each which I felt was a good deal but others may beg to differ.
Like most things from the, 70s myself included, these chairs needed a little TLC.
So I decided a new lick of paint and new seat covers would hopefully work in their favour. Today I am just going to give you a quick overview of my progress so far.
Firstly the tools I needed. Screwdriver, sanding paper, white undercoat and white gloss paint.
Why an undercoat? Well this baby had been varnished within an inch of her life and she also has resided in a kitchen for countless years prior to coming to me. And kitchens are greasy places. I wanted to ensure that the paint I put on her stayed on.
Firstly I took that hideous seat off. This will be part of a sewing project in the future.
Then I sanded the surface of the chair. All those nooks and crannies. No huge elbow grease required just enough to slightly lift the gloss and hopefully remove some off the over-time grease.
Yes those are lovely kitchen gloves aren’t they. Hey a girl has to protect her mani!
Then I spray painted 1 coat of undercoat. Once that dried as per instructions on the spray can, I spray painted the chair with the high gloss white spray paint. And wow did it suck up the paint. Here is one of the chairs complete.
The weather turned just as I was going to do the second one and so I will complete the project later (no great hardship as I will need another can of high gloss spray paint). It may also need to two coats.
I still have not decided on fabric, do I go for something on-trend at the moment or do I play it safe. What colour and/or pattern do you think I should go for?