Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DIPPED LEGS AND NUMBERED BARSTOOLS {PINTEREST CHALLENGE}


It's Pinterest Challenge time again, and I accepted!  Katie of Bower Power and Sherry of Young House Love dreamed up this idea for a link party to get us motivated to DO something we've PINNED.  Last time around I made some oversized silhouettes, and this time I added a bit of detail to our plain jane barstools.  You know what they say...it's all in the details, and after this project, I completely agree!


Here were a couple of pins that served as inspiration to get my wheels turning...


                                                                                  Source: countryliving.com via Jennifer on Pinterest


                                                                                    Source: paintmeplaid.com via Jennifer on Pinterest


This was a fairly simple project, it just took a little bit of time.  To start out,  I taped off all of the legs to create the "dipped" look.  I used the craft paint pictured in "pure gold" and a foam brush for all of the painting.  One coat was barely noticeable, but this paint dried quickly and by the time I had painted all 16 legs I could go back and start again with another coat.  I did 4 coats of gold altogether. 


Even though I peeled the tape off right after applying the last layer, the paint started peeling off with it.  So, I lightly ran my knife around the legs right at the edge of the tape to break the seal and make a clean line.



After the legs were painted and dried for a day or so, I was ready to work on the numbers.  I chose a font on my computer that I liked and enlarged the numbers to about 5 inches, and then printed them out on card stock.  Using an x-acto knife I cut them out to make a stencil.  You can purchase pre-made stencils at the craft store, but I couldn't find the size and style that I wanted.  After measuring to find the middle, I taped the stencil down (I rolled some tape and stuck it underneath very close to the cut out lines also, just to hold it down better to prevent the paint from bleeding too much). 


Using my foam brush, I lightly dabbed the paint on straight up and down (I think it's called "pouncing?") to avoid getting any paint under the edges.  I think I did about 3 coats on the numbers.  It worked pretty well, there was just a bit of bleeding.  I'll mention this again, but the paint scratched off very easily so I just scratched a few edges off with my fingernail to clean up the numbers. Here's a before and after-

   

Now, as I said, this paint scratched off VERY easily.  Any little bit of knocking them around would surely scratch the gold off of the legs, and I don't think the numbers would have lasted a day left as-is.  The barstools had a slick finish on them and it would have been best to sand or prime them.  But,  I didn't want to prime because I only wanted to add the numbers and not disturb any of the black original finish.  So, after I was finished painting I took them outside and gave the tops and just the painted tips of the legs several coats of spray polyurethane.  


Fingers crossed that it sealed them up good and gave them a nice protective coat.  It seems to have worked well, but time will tell...I'll keep you posted.





So, there you have it, I think my second Pinterest Challenge project is a success!  I'm looking forward to seeing what fabulous projects everyone else has come up with...I'll need some fresh inspiration for the next one!


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28 comments:

  1. these turned out fantastic! they really add some character.

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  2. Cute! Those gold feet add something special =)

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  3. Love these! The gold numbers on the top are perfect!

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  4. They turned out fabulous! Love the black and gold combination.
    Amelia

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  5. I loves these! I just pinned your Pinterest challenge! :)

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  6. Soooo creative, girl!! You have a way with black and gold for sure!

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  7. These are so lovely. I pinned them away already.

    Oh my gosh, I never knew there was such thing as spray polyurethane! Uh oh now I'm in trouble.

    I shared my $5 drum shade over here: http://blackandwhiteobsession.blogspot.com/2013/02/pinterest-challenge-drum-shade.html#more

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  8. I demoted some stools just like this to my basement. I was going to sell them. Totally reconsidering!! The numbers and dipped legs are perfection!

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  9. Very cute. I am amazed at what a difference a little flair can make. Nice job :-)

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  10. I love this! The gold-dipped look is my favorite right now! :)

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  11. WOW! These are stunning!! I love the gold dipped look!

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  12. The monogrammed barstools in your photos caught my eye. I clicked on it but couldn't find a tutorial. I sure would love to know how they got that monogram to look so good! Free-hand, stencil, decal? Who knows? Monograms are so classy--I think I would monogram anything that's not nailed down if I could:)

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  13. Great makeover Jennifer! I love the gold with the black.

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  14. Beautiful stools! LOVE the gold dipping!

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  15. Oh so fun! I want to be No. 1 at all times!

    Ruthie

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  16. I love these! I think I need something with dipped legs in my life ASAP!

    Steph :)

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  17. Oh they look so fabulous Jennifer! I have one stool in that style, and I'm tempted to add something fun to the top! I have "dipped" the legs of a table and love the effect. Looks great on the stools.

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  18. Small changes definitely make a difference. This is stunning! I love it! I had no idea there was spray poly out there!?! Great to know. :)

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  19. wow these look GREAT! what an awesome update to the standard bar stool/island combo. Love it!

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  20. Stunning! I love the font you used for the numbers. They look so pretty with your decor.

    xo
    Pat

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  21. Jennifer, I LOVE these stools, they went for ordinary to so fabulous! Great job.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  22. You are so clever! I love the way these turned out! I've been catching up on your posts. So many great ideas the #1 is that I HAVE to get on the Craigslist bandwagon! :)

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