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How To Chalk Paint Bar Stools With General Finishes Chalk Paint

I took these wooden bar stools out of the 90’s and into a fresh farmhouse style with chalk paint! These painted bar stools turned out so good! You’ll love this step by step tutorial for how to chalk paint bar stools.

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How many times have you seen wood furniture on sale (or even for free) at yard sales, Facebook groups and Craigslist and KNEW that it would look amazing with just some paint?!

That’s exactly what I thought when my mother-in-law sent me a picture of these bar stools. She knew I had been on the hunt for bar stools and they were in a home that she was selling. I couldn’t wait to give the bar stools a chalk paint makeover.

Related: See how chalk paint transformed this vintage bread box and the table base on this kitchen table.

But, life got busy and so they sat in our kitchen…. for about 4 months. It seemed so daunting.

Even though they were going to be painted with chalk paint (which is known for being a “no prep” kind of paint), I knew I wanted to prep the bar stools well and prime them. Since the bar stools will get a lot of use, I wanted to make sure they would stand the test of time…even if it was a few extra steps. But, since I knew it would take some extra time….so I kept procrastinating this painting project.

You know what? I even started the painting project….got them all sanded, brushed on 2 coats of primer to prep the bar stools for chalk paint….and then got too busy to continue working on them. So they sat for even longer out in the garage.

Sometimes this good ‘ol blog is great for a good kick in the pants to get projects like this done! I knew I needed to share these bar stools with you, so I got busy and finished them up. In this post I’m going to show you all of the steps that I took to give these wooden bar stools a farmhouse style makeover with chalk paint.

Supplies needed for chalk painted bar stools:

Shows an old wooden chair that has been sanded

Lightly sand bar stools with 220 grit sandpaper.

Typically chalk paint is known for “no sanding prep”, but General Finishes recommended a light sanding…. so I followed directions. It wasn’t that big of a pain though.

Prime bar stools.

Prime bar stools with General Finishes Stain Blocking Primer.

Since the bar stools will get used a lot, I wanted to be sure to prime them well. I applied two coats of the stain blocking primer.

Paint bar stools with chalk paint.

Paint bar stools with chalk paint. I did 2 coats.

Distress painted bar stools (optional).

Distress chalk painted bar stools….Ok so, yes…this is not done yet. I still can’t really decide if I want them distressed or not, so I’m going to wait a couple weeks before I decide. What do you think?

Seal painted bar stools.

Seal with Top Coat. After you’re done painting, you definitely want to seal the bar stools so they can withstand heavy use.

shows 3 white chairs at a kitchen counter on wood floors
shows an up close picture of the legs of white bar stools on a wood floor

Are you as shocked as I am? These wooden bar stools were straight out the 90’s when we got them with the orange color finish.

After a chalk paint makeover, they have that farmhouse style that I was really aiming for.

shows the backside of 3 white bar stools at a kitchen counter
shows 3 white bar stools at a kitchen counter on wood floors from the backside

After I stopped procrastinating on this painting project, it was really a breeze!! I love how these chalk paint bar stools came out. They really lighten up our kitchen space.

Shows a downward view of 3 white chalk painted bar stools at a kitchen counter on a wood floor
shows a white bar stool in a kitchen with 3 general finishes paint sitting on it with overlay text that says chalk paint bar stools general finished chalk style paint

Have you used chalk paint to makeover thrift store furniture??

Let me know in the comments below!!


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How To Make Chalk Painted Bar Stools

How To Make Chalk Painted Bar Stools

Active Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $125
I took these wooden bar stools out of the 90’s and into a fresh farmhouse style with chalk paint! These painted bar stools turned out so good! You’ll love this step by step tutorial for how to chalk paint bar stools.

Tools

Instructions

  1. Lightly sand bar stools with 220 grit sandpaper.
  2. Prime bar stools (2 coats).
  3. Paint bar stools with chalk paint (2 coats).
  4. Distress painted bar stools (optional).
  5. Seal bar stools.

24 thoughts on “How To Chalk Paint Bar Stools With General Finishes Chalk Paint

    1. Thanks Angela! Yes, our floors are Harmonics brand from Costco and the color is Camden Oak. We installed them ourselves and found them on sale for $10 off a box, which saved us almost $1,000!! They go on sale every so often if you keep an eye on them at Costco.

  1. Love how these turned out. Thanks for sharing the type of paint you used. There’s so many options and I never know what type of paint to use for different projects!

  2. I have to make over two chairs with the same legs of yours and I’ve been procrastinating them for too long, ugh! You made a wonderful job with yours, I am jealous! Do you can to come and finish mine? I can make Spanish omelet or paella in exchange 😉

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