I've been dying to re-purpose this old bar stool. When I moved into my apartment, I inherited quite a few pieces of furniture left behind by the previous tenants. Of those pieces was a pair of bar stools. I set the bar stools aside in hopes to refinish them with a little TLC and paint. Now that we've settled in I've finally found the perfect place for each of them.
- A: Painter's Tape
- B: Measuring Tape
- C: White Satin Spray Paint
- D: Gold Metallic Spray Paint
- E: Satin Clear Enamel Spray Paint
1. Sand and smoothFirst, make sure there are no rough edges or loose paint chips. If there are, use sandpaper (preferably fine grade) to smooth out any rough patches or to remove loose paint chips. Sanding down any rough spots or loose paint will help your new paint adhere to the surface better.
2. Wipe and sprayOnce you have sanded and smoothed out the surface, you will need to wipe down the bar stool with a wet rag. Make sure to wipe down the bar stool thoroughly as to not leave any particles or paint chips that may show through when you spray paint. Once the stool is dry, it's time to paint!
First, start with the white spray paint. Carefully read the instructions on the spray can bottle to ensure an even and drip-free coat. Spray the entire surface with the white spray paint as the gold spray paint will need an even white undercoat. Wait for each coat of paint to dry before you reapply another. Once you have achieved an even and opaque finish, then it's time to move on to the next step.
TIP: Less is more. I sprayed thin layers and allowed it to dry before applying another coat. By spraying thin and even layers, I was able to avoid dripping and uneven paint application.
WHAT I LEARNED: It was windy the day I was spray painting. At the time, I didn't realize that the wind was carrying the excess paint onto my patio table (thankfully with a lot of scrubbings I was able to get it off). So, make sure you are far enough away or have covered anything near so that paint doesn't end up on it.
3. Measure Next, you will need your measuring tape and pencil. Once the white paint is dry, turn the bar stool upside down. With a measuring tape mark 4" down from the foot of each leg. This pencil mark will act as a guide for when you apply the masking tape.
TIP: I measured and made a pencil mark on all four sides of each leg. I did this so that when I applied the masking tape I could use the pencil mark to ensure an even line all the way around.
4. Tape Using the pencil marks as a guide carefully mask off an even line around each bar stool leg. Make sure that the end of the tape lines up with the other end so that it's a continuous line around the leg.
5. Cover and sprayNext, you will want to cover the other areas of the stool so that excess gold paint doesn't get on the other areas of the bar stool. I used packing plastic wrap to mask off these areas, but a simple trash bag or cling wrap will work just as well (refer to the picture for reference).
Once you have masked off the bar stool, you can begin applying the gold spray paint to the bottom of each bar stool legs. Remember to apply a light and even coat of paint to avoid dripping. After you have achieved an even opaque coat of gold paint, allow it to dry thoroughly.
NOTE: You will want to keep the plastic cling wrap/bag on the rest of the stool for the next step.
NOTE: Make sure that the plastic wrap/bag is covering all the areas of the stool before you being spraying the seat. Apply the gold spray paint to the bar stool seat in even thin layers until you achieve an even opaque finish.
Now for the finishing touches! Once the gold spray paint has set and dried, it's time to apply the satin clear enamel paint. Spray the entire bar stool with 1-2 coats of the clear enamel paint. Allow drying time in between each coat of paint to ensure even application.
NOTE: The clear coat will provide a protective layer for the paint to hold up against some of the normal "wear and tear".
Allow the paint to set and dry overnight (8-12hrs) before you wipe it down and use.
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