Two Little Stools

How I updated two little stools, from basic to stylish!

Two little stools painted neutral with numbers on them.

My hubby came home one day with these old stools that were old, ugly and black which would’ve been fine but they also stunk of smoke as he found them from a bar that was closing!

I painted them a soft white and distressed them a bit then used them on and off for quite awhile. But I never really loved them, if you know what I mean. They were just some ‘basic’ stools.

Painting the two stools a neutral color.
Untiiilllll…I added some cute numbers to them!
I just printed some large numbers from my printer then cut them out with an exacto knife.
A number 1 and a number 2 cut out on paper.
I taped the numbers on the stools and lightly painted with black paint.
The number 2 taped to one of the stools.
Painting the number 1 onto the stool in black.
I lightly distressed the numbers and then brushed a matte polyurethane over the whole top of the stool.
The numbers on the stools in black but distressed.
The two little stools in the kitchen.
Up close picture of the stools.
Voila! So cute 😉

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  1. I did this same thing to two stools for my daughter’s first apartment. Only I painted the seats black and the numbers white for contrast. She used these for a year then didn’t need them any longer so I sold them.

  2. Those are so cute now. Love that little change 😉 I have a black stool, and I am still trying to decide what I want to stencil on it? I take forever to decide things. lol

    Happy New Year 🙂

  3. Very Clever! I’ve got a couple of stools in our basement that would look great with a change like this! Come on by the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop every friday on my blog and share your creativity! I think you’ll love our little community! Happy New Year!

  4. Hello, my name is Rondell and I just found your blog at Wow Us Wednesday! I have a stool like that and I’m always going to do what you just did to yours, just never get around to it:) I think this will be my first project for 2013…quick and easy!
    I’m your newest follower too!

  5. Great idea, glad you showed ‘how’ – a think that cutting out the letter and making a stencil would work so much better then tracing and free hand painting. I’m following so I remember to come back and read more of your posts.

  6. Oh my goodness, Jamie! I love these stools. I, too, have two tired ones just waiting to be refreshed. I think I’m going to try this method, but with the colors reversed. I need the stools to be black, but plan to do the numbers on white. I’ll let you know how they turn out! Thank you for the inspiration:)

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