Stenciled Stools

Last week I was trying to find some additional seating for my daughter’s bedroom to sit in front of the stage, but everything in stores seemed to be like $50… each. Yeah, not gonna happen.

stenciled blue and pink stoolsThen I spotted these little stools for $13 from Ross Dress for Less totally out of the blue. Nothing a little coat of paint can’t fix to match her bedroom color scheme.

before stenciled stoolsI decided to use paint I had on hand: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and CC Caldwell’s paint in Memphis Blue.

chalk paint stenciled stoolsI wanted to kick them up a notch so I decided to stencil the tops. The stencil seen below is actually scrapbook paper from Michael’s. I scooped up this sheet about a year ago and finally put it to good use.

stenciled stool tutorialI just laid the scrapbook paper on top of the stool, held it in place with my fingers, and used a trim roller to add the paint.

stenciled stools with scrapbook paperOnce it was dry I added some pink stripes around the edge with a small brush. I didn’t try to be perfect, just let the paint flow….

painted stenciled stoolsMostly because I knew I would distress the entire stool with my sanding block. Since these stools will be in my kid’s room, I know they’re going to get banged up in no time. Why not help start the process.

distressed stenciled stoolsAnd the stools are complete! Great to place on her stage while she’s strumming her guitar or acting out a play, or just extra seating for her audience.

stenciled chalk paint stools


chalk paint stenciled stool

stenciled blue and pink stoolsAnd in case you missed it,
check out my daughter’s bedroom makeover or stage tutorial!

bedroom stage kids bedroom

chalk paint stenciled stool tutorial

Distressed Chalk Paint Desk Makeover

I attended a school/Church auction over the weekend where the committee asked me to paint a piece of furniture as a donation. Of course I said yes, but that quickly turned to me freaking out trying to find a cute piece.

painted kids desk beforeWell I had my sister’s old desk from when she was a kid sitting in my basement begging for a makeover. And since it was a school auction, a kids desk was a perfect fit.

And here’s the final piece…


distressed chalk paint deskI used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for this makeover, mostly because it doesn’t require me to do any sanding.

chalk paint deskAnd this time I decided to apply the paint in a dry-brush fashion, with only about a half-inch of light paint on the brush tip. And without any sanding at all, it looks like this…

annie sloan chalk painted deskOnce I had the base painted in Pure White, I coated the drawers in Paris Gray, then Duck Egg Blue.

painted kids deskI purchased some new knobs from Hobby Lobby and painted the old handles pink to match. Then I coated the entire desk in clear wax to give it a bit of durability.

distressed chalk paint deskI’m seriously in love with these knobs. Totally go with the distressed paint job.

chalk paint distressed desk


chalk paint distressed kids deskI did use a sanding block for some areas that weren’t quite distressed enough, but overall the dry brush technique was perfect for the look I was trying to achieve.

chalk paint kids kids

ASCP distressed desk

duck egg blue chalk paint deskIf you want to see some more painted furniture projects from me over the years,

annie sloan chalk paint desk