January 6th, 2015

Bright Stools For a Welcoming Kitchen

The old saying No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best rings true in my home! This year, I hosted lots of holiday guests, and they all love to hang out in my kitchen. So I planned ahead and created extra seating.

How to paint a wood stool

I don’t have room to add more chairs around my kitchen table, but I can add a few bright stools for extra seating. Having a few stools in your kitchen won’t get in the way, and they’re easy to move around. Painting bright stools in fun colors brings energy to a room, and makes it feel more inviting.

Wood stool paint makeover before image
I’ve had this stool in my basement for many years. I decided it was time to make use of it this holiday season and paint it. It’s seen better days, but is still sturdy and comfortable for a guest to sit on. All it needed was a few coats of fresh paint.

I normally like to paint furniture outside or in my garage. Since it’s winter, I set up a place to get the stool painted quickly so it dried before the first guest arrived.

Painting Tip: Screw a wood screw to the bottom of each stool leg. This raises the stool from the floor, making it easier to paint the bottom of each leg.

Glidden High endurance Grab N Go Paint and Gripper primer

I went to my paint stash to find the color I wanted to use: Glidden paint’s Red Delicious. It’s the perfect shade for painting bright stools. Not too orange, but a cheery bright shade of red to add holiday color to my kitchen.

Supplies needed to paint bright stools

I also gathered my painting supplies that ensured the finish would be a lasting one.

How to Paint a Wood Stool

I set up the stool on an open cardboard box to protect the rug in my basement. Since I didn’t have the best lighting to paint my stool with, I used a flashlight to check for drips after painting each coat.

Bright stools and how to paint them

1. Place 100 grit sandpaper on a hand sanding block. Sand over the surface of the stool to rough up the surface.

2. Clean the surface well with detergent and water, rinse well, let dry.

3. When painting over furniture with shiny surfaces or that’s protected with polyurethane, I always use Glidden paint’s Gripper Primer. One light coat over the surface will ensure that the paint adheres. It comes in two colors: white and grey. I used the grey, which is best when painting with dark or deep colors. Let dry.

4. In between each coat of primer and paint, check for paint drips or a spot you may have missed. This is where the flashlight comes in handy. If you see a drip, smooth it out with sandpaper. Use a tack cloth to remove the sanding grit, and then apply the next coat of paint.

5. Optional: Once the paint is thoroughly dry, you can protect the painted finish with water-based polyurethane, which won’t change the paint color.

Keep in mind:

  • Let each coat dry completely before applying the next one.
  • It’s better to use more light coats than fewer thicker ones to get full coverage and the best adhesion.
  • When painting with dark colors, you may need more than two coats.

Happy New Year!

I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.