Upcycling A Stool With Paint And A Herringbone Stencil

February 22, 2019
"This is an older photo of my laundry room, the first year of my blog."

In one corner of my laundry room, I had a little stool.  It was kind of a mustard color with red base coat showing through the distressing.  I purchased it, (a long time ago) at a local primitive shop.

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 When I changed up my kitchen and laundry room decor to farmhouse style, I painted the stool with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

I brushed on a coat of Varathane Water Based Poly, and unfortunately, the knots and stain bled though.  The little stool stayed like this for few years.

When I decided to re-paint the stool again, I pulled out Dixie Belle Boss in Clear.

Boss is an excellent product for sealing stains and odors, and is low VOC, unlike shellac.  If I have ANY doubt about bled through with light paint colors, I use Boss.

My new favorite off white paint is Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth.  It makes sense because Drop Cloth is Dixie Belle's most popular paint color. 

It replaced my old favorite Annie Sloan in Old White which I now think is a little too yellow, and too expensive.

*Dixie Belle Paint Company has provided me with complimentary paint products.  All opinions about the products are my own.

 I brushed on two coats of Drop Cloth with my Zibra 2-Inch Stubby Handle Paint Brush.

Why Zibra?  Less brushstrokes!
I live in a very small town with limited shopping.  When I hit larger cities, I always visit Joann Fabrics, Michael's, and Hobby Lobby.

And I always check out the stencils.  I found this package of Artminds 26 paper pattern stencils at a Michael's store.

They are out of stock online, but you can check for availability at stores.  They are very similar to the Folkart Value Paper Stencil packs.  You have to punch/press them out on the perforated areas.

This herringbone pattern stencil was in the package.

My Flexsteel Westside sofa has a herringbone pattern, so I decided to give this stencil a try.

I used Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Burlap to stencil the pattern 

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First I taped the stencil in the center of of the stool, and then moved the stencil left and right to finish the pattern.

I also stenciled the top sides.  I didn't tape the stencil on the sides because I had to bend it around the edges.

When the stenciling was completed, I distressed the edges more firmly and the stenciled area lightly.

I sealed the paint and stencils with Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Clear.

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I never stencil the patterns solidly or completely.  I like some areas more transparent than others.

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So what do you think?  

Do you like herringbone?

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I like the neutral pattern.  Of course the pattern would be bold with a different color combination.

My sofa has similar colors, but of course the herringbone fabric pattern is much finer than this stencil.

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You can see the light distressing.

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Stools, risers, crates, trays, and baskets are great for putting together vignettes!  They anchor the vignette and give much needed height variations too.

Upcycled Wooden Chair with Paint and a Wedding Ring Pattern Stencil
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Now that really looks nice! A soft subtle look but a modernistic flare....just too cute!


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