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{ DIY } Chalk Paint bar stools

Last month I posted about these raw pine bar stools we bought for a few hundred rand and asked for some ideas or inspiration to give them some personality. Angel found a pic on Pinterest and shared it with me on Facebook that I just LOVED…

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Pretty hey!?

 

So I used that as my main inspiration, and set about painting them one Sunday afternoon.

Some time ago, Peter bought me two tins of Fired Earth Chalk Paint while he was at Builder’s.  I have a tin of Arc Pure White and a tin of Larva.

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I used masking tape to section of the foot rest bit from the legs to get a clean line.

Shake the tin well before use.

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The blue colour is called Larva and is VERY thin and runny, while the white is REALLY thick so I diluted it a little to make it easier to paint on. The paint goes on really nicely and dries super quickly. I was able to do two coats in one afternoon.

I took a break with the littlest beagle to admire our my handiwork while it dried. And no, I didn’t bother to paint the underside of the seats.

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They came out super pretty! I just love the soft colour.

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I left them alone for a few days, then I distressed them a bit on the edges and the corners with sandpaper (and cursed myself for doing two coats of paint!). It was worth it tho, the subtle pine colour coming through looks fab (especially on the white!!). I also very very lightly sanded the tops of the seats to give a super smooth finish. Then I sealed the chairs with Granny B’s Armour , in matt, which I bought from Essentially Yours Mosaics in Midrand where I did an intro to Chalk Paint Workshop In January.

I gave the chairs two coats of sealer, and an extra coat for luck on the seats and the foot rest bars where the most wear and tear will happen.

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I must say, I really do love them! The colours are so soft and bright and they are just the right amount of “worn”.

 

The Larva is almost the exact same colour as our hanging lamp, which is great!

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This was my first real project using Chalk Paint, and I really loved doing it and am now so inspired to paint EVERYTHING! Watch out world!

 

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