Kitchen Stools Makeover
Earlier this year I started on a project to upcycle some old kitchen stools. They had been sitting in our kitchen for 20 years and were looking tired and grease stained. I was moving into a new place and I could use them at the breakfast bar but they needed a makeover.
The first step was to remove the old varnish. I used a palm held sander with 80 grit sandpaper. Once the old varnish had been cleaned off, I started smoothing the piece with finer gritsandpaper. I went down to 180 grit and then 220 grit.
As I wanted to make the piece a bit more decorative I decided to apply a design to the seat. I covered the seat with masking tape and drew a leaf and branch design on the surface with a felt tip pen.
Next I used a craft knife to cut around the edges of the design and removed the surrounding masking tape.
Then I started staining the piece. I used a combined stain and varnish for this.
When I was happy with the colour, I let it dry before removing the masking tape.
I painted in the veins using a small round paint brush and then sealed the top with a 2 coats of clear varnish.
Now the new stools take centre stage at the breakfast bar in the new apartment.
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- Dulux Timbertone varnish in Mahogany and Rosewood (Paint shop)
- Electric Sander
- Sandpaper (Hardware store)
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