Recently I realized my beloved desk chair was causing me so much neck pain because it was too low… there had to be a better way. So I set my sights on adding farmhouse patina to a drab little stool.
This little stool sat pushed in the corner. It went un-noticed for years. I never could bring myself to use it or throw it away.
And what do you know!? He fits perfectly under my desk cabinet and is tall enough for me to cancel massage therapy!
Turns out this month’s DIY Furniture Girls challenge theme is FARMHOUSE. Seeing how I’ve been on a Magnolia Market farmhouse spell all things worked together for the good of this poor stool. I decided to change it up by adding farmhouse patina!
I started by sanding all the finish and color of the seat area until I got back to raw wood. On the legs I simply buffed out a few rough spots.
Using my favorite homemade chalk paint I painted the legs in Pearly White by Sherwin Williams.
To get a straight out grandpa’s barn feel I used Amy Howard At Home’s Cracked Patina (affiliate link) . She recommends using this product with her line of paint and I am sure the finish is fabulous, but this was my first time to play with this product so I just tried what I knew. I followed the directions on the bottle to get an aged, cracked, layered effect to the paint. This product really does give a more authentic patina than most “crackle” paints do. I would like to try it again on a dresser or larger piece. Amy has a wonderful product line with some tried and true products…she was furniture flippin’ when furniture flippin’ wasn’t cool.
I added a few scuffs and touches of dark wax to add to the depth and faux history of this barn stool.
So my sad little friend got a happy little makeover and we are all much better for this touch of farmhouse patina flair now sitting front and center at my kitchen desk! (update: this little stool got ANOTHER makeover addition, see it here!)
Are you hungry for some other great ways to add farmhouse style to your home? Here is a whole slew I hope you’ll check out! Don’t forget to share what you love!
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