Like many of you I like to incorporate a decorating trend here and there throughout the year. Also like many of you, I realize there’s a fine line between embracing a trend and making the house look like I decorated it while wearing a blind fold. Know what I mean?!
I had these stools that I picked up at a garage sale a couple of weeks back, for a $1 each. Steal of a deal, even when taking into consideration how badly weathered one of them was!
Have you noticed the union jack pattern popping up all over blogland? I’ve especially seen it quite a bit on my BFF Pinterest. Never gave it much thought, but after seeing it painted on to furniture, I started to really like it!
Except, I don’t think it would work too well in my house, AND I don’t know how long the trend will be around so I figured I can add it in in a subtle way and satisfy my new urge to embrace the union jack!
These cheap yet sturdy little garage sale stools were the perfect guinea pigs!
Here’s what I did:
1. Gathered all of my supplies.
2. Sanded these puppies down to raw wood. This was definitely a job for my good friend, the orbital sander, and it took a good hour on both to get them back to their intended state!
3. Painted the legs red with some left over sample paint originally used in my boy’s baseball dresser make over. Those little sample sizes can get you through quite a few projects! The color is Cherries Jubilee by Glidden.
4. Distressed the legs with a sanding block. I like them to look a little beat up!
5. Taped the seat of the stool in the union jack pattern, using my son’s Cars 2 puzzle as a guide (they go to London in the movie!)
6. Using a painting pen, I outlined the tape in white.
7. Brushed several coats of Minwax PolyShade stain in Walnut, and removed the tape.
8. Immediately brushed a couple of coats of the same stain over the entire seat. See how the white paint shows now? Love it!
9. I also used the stain on the legs as a glaze (I let the opened can sit out for a few hours to thicken it up), so that it created a worn look, and it served a sealer.
10. Let it dry completely (about 24 hours).
A trendy touch to my decor, yet so subtle that you almost miss it.
They live under my kitchen island now:
Lovin’ how well they go with my most recent Big Lots find, the vintage looking Coca-Cola crate on the shelf up there, and the brick backsplash!
Also diggin’ the hints of red combined with the bold greys and greens in my kitchen/dining room combo!
Not bad for a $2 investment!!
Have you upcycled anything from a garage or estate sale lately??