I’m back to show you my naked bar stools and if you missed the earlier post about stripping them you can see that here. Well what you see is not what I was expecting to get back. The one on the right looks like it’s been washed with black paint and the one on the left looks like it’s been whitewashed.
I got the call from the stripper that the stools were done so I headed over the next day to pick them up. I was mighty surprised to see them look the way they did. I actually said to the guy, “What am I supposed to do with them now.” Apparently he wasn’t expecting them to look how they did either. He told me they must have had gel stain on them at one time before I had painted them (and I guess that doesn’t strip well), but I know that’s not true because I was the original owner and my son was the one who put them together for me.
I told him I wanted to stain them will dark walnut stain to match our dining room table. He said that would work for the 2 lighter charis but the 2 darker chairs wouldn’t stain up to look like dark walnut. So home I went and looked at them for a day before I decided to tackle the project of trying to get them to match. I didn’t have the heart to tell the old guy if they didn’t turn out they’d be painted again. I’m so against painting them that I decided to try and stain them before I give up.
I wanted to show you all the colors the bar stools have been over time so you can see what the stripper was dealing with. The most current color was yellow, I loved the yellow (the stripper thought it was hideous) but as you know I’ve been working on eliminating most bright colors and trying to keep the cabin decorated in more neutral colors. I wasn’t up to doing the stripping project myslef so I hired a professional.
Prior to the yellow they were gray, a color that didn’t last long. I had nothing else in the house that was gray or even close to gray so I was ready to cover it up as soon as I picked a new color. As you all know I hate to paint so when I do furniture pieces like this with all the detail in the spindles I run the paint through my sprayer making the job much more enjoyable, and it’s fast.
Prior to gray they were green chalk paint with wax over the top. This was such a fun color but I know it’s not for everyone. All the boys that gathered at our house thought it was John Deere Green and that I intentionally wanted to go with a farm equipment color. They thought it was pretty cool. I do believe this color lasted the longest but it may have been because I was to lazy to paint them once again, so I just lived with it whether I was I tired of it or not.
And the original color, black. I really like the black but it’s a color that I had to dust every day and that surely didn’t appeal to me. I look back and think I must be crazy having painted the stools as many times as I did and that poor stripper man must have thought I was too.
I do have the bar stools finished so come back by to see the reveal and help me decide on whether you’ll give it a thumbs up, a thumbs down, or a new paint job.