DIY: Minimalist Painted Bar Stools

Being “crafty” has never been my strength. Beyond that finger-turkey I cut out in kindergarten, I never thought of myself as artistic, nor a creative enough to do any sort of “adult-DIY”.

That is, until Dave and I decided to buy a house. Then I realized that that renovations and decorating is literally the epitome of “adulting-DIY-ing”. I also came to the realization that DIY-ing was an amazing and cost-effective alternative to buying that $1000 coffee table that makes my heart sing. 

This whole epiphany occurred in parallel with Canadian Tire challenging me to participate in their PREMIER paint DIY Project. It was certainly going to put my not-so-crafty skills to the test. 

In my last post with Premier paint, I announced the project I was going to embark on.

I saw these amazing stools on Pinterest that I hadn’t been able to find it any store. They looked dipped and had this effortless, yet cozy vibe to them. I had to have them, so I figured it was the perfect project to try and DIY. 

So what happened?!

I picked up the bar stools from Canadian Tire (they were an easy $40), but you can DIY the stools you have laying around at home. I got quart buckets of paint, because as big as they look, the stools don’t require a lot of it. 

The hardest part? Picking the paint. Why? Because there are so many amazing colours to choose from! 1008, to be exact. I ended up going with really neutral and light colours (what I’ve decided to be the new colour scheme for my home). 

Then came the day to do it all…

And it was SO easy. I literally finished both stools in less than 4 hours (including drying time). It was also painless – minimal equipment needed and no funky smell (although this is thanks to the VOC-free formulation of Premier Paint). It was also a 1 coat process that provided super coverage. What’s better? It’s also stain resistant and easy to wash – so it’s perfect for a new pair of kitchen bar stools!

The paint and supplies are part of the Premier Infinity Line and the brushes are made specifically for the Premier Infinity paint. When you open them out of the package, even the brushes feel luxurious and top of the line. They were also super easy to clean. 

The entire project was SO FUN, so I figured I needed to share it with you. Here’s how to create the perfect minimalist dipped bar stool in 7 VERY EASY steps. 

What You Need

Above all purchased from my local Canadian Tire Store

My Premier paint Colour Choices

Polar Bear PR16Y24 // Grey Wolf PR16S09 // Pure Black PR16X08

Both of the paint colours I chose are part of the Premier Infinity paint collection in an eggshell finish. What’s even cooler though? I actually got to pick these colours from the sky from the World’s Largest Paint Swatch, with celebrity designers Colin and Justin. More details on that whole exciting process here. 

STEP 1

TAPE BAR STOOLS MID-SHAFT

STEP 2

PAINT BOTTOM HALF WITH 1ST COLOR

STEP 3

LET DRY & PEEL OFF TAPE

STEP 4

TAPE TO COVER WHERE THE 1ST COLOR OF PAINT ENDS

 

*TIP: choose a darker shade for whatever you paint last, so that it covers up and imperfections you might have made. This step is so that you get a clean line between your colours.

STEP 5

PAINT TOP HALF WITH 2ND COLOUR

STEP 6

PAINT TOP OF STOOL

 

STEP 7

LET DRY AND PEEL OFF TAPE

 

You’re done!

If you’re feeling a little less adventurous or maybe the exposed-wood look is your thing, here’s an even easier DIY. Just stop at Step 3 and you’re done!

I also got to help my girl Vic, from The Lust Listt, execute her DIY project, where she painted an accent wall in her condo. It was equally as painless and took us all of 1 coat and 20 minutes to do! Head over to her blog to check out the full project.

This entire project with Premier paints really inspired me. It reminded me that I could do whatever it was that I put my mind to. It showed me that I do have a creative bone in my body. And it’s motivated me to DIY my house when I take possession of it in June (more to come on that by the way – I have so many fun projects already in the works)! 

So here’s to the start of a ton more fun DIY projects (which I promise will be easy and  painless, even if you’re a DIY-n00b like me). Lesson learned: never underestimate yourself and have fun with it!

mel inspired 

 

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