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Aug 6, 2012

Office Stool to Bistro Seating

With this being a long weekend, I lost track of the days and just realized I should be posting. How was your weekend? We packed in quite a lot - Tom built a railing for his parents' porch, we went bike riding, took a quick trip to Ikea (details later), delivered a vehicle, and visited with relatives. Today we rearranged the family room furniture, and then moved it all back where it started because it looked better before.

Whew! Plus today is our 7-year anniversary! We aren't really doing anything to celebrate today - in a couple of weeks we're going to Pennsylvania for an extended weekend so we'll celebrate then. Tom asked me this afternoon if I was ready to relax for a bit. My answer? "What's that?" Yeah, I have trouble sitting still.

I tried out some more freezer paper transfers this past week, but this time on wood. I have a little wooden stool that's been sitting in the corner of the craft room for years just waiting to be refinished. I forgot to take a before picture, but it looks something like this, except much more beat up.



I was just going to repaint the legs white, but at the last minute decided my craft room needed a pop of colour, so I looked over the colours I had on hand and chose a medium yellow.

I taped a plastic bag around the seat to keep it the natural wood colour and gave the legs a few coats of paint.


Once it was all dry, I quickly stained the seat with Rustoleum's Special Walnut. I just wipe it on with a cloth and then wipe it off again. That way I can control how deep the colour gets. Once the stain was dry I wiped on a few coats of watered down taupe paint, the same as I used here, here, and here. This gives the wood a greyish, aged look - without having to leave it out in the rain and sun for a month.



I found a graphic on line - this time a French charcuterie image that is quite popular. I edited the colours and then flipped the image in reverse and printed it on freezer paper. For a more in-depth tutorial, click here.


The only thing that is different when you're transferring to wood is that you don't have to dampen the surface first like you do with fabric. I learned this the hard way and had to wipe the first attempt off and start again. You just need to carefully place the image face down and rub the back of the paper all over to get an even transfer. Once the image had dried, I sealed it with several coats of matte acrylic coating.


What do you think? Don't you think it's something you might see in a bistro or coffee shop? I like that the colours are soft and the writing is muted, while still standing out from the otherwise neutral room.








Have you taken the freezer paper plunge yet?

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I'm linking up here this week!





62 comments:

Umer Sohail said...

Love the texture on the stool.. :)

http://planitinteriors.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/redesigning-the-office-break-room/ 

Sandra said...

Hello Barb,
Wow that is really fantastic and sorry to say I don't have a clue what the freezer paper is so I'm going to have to check it out because that is a really amazing job you did with your stool! 
thanks for the great info on it.

Joanne Mudd said...

Love it!

Stringtownhome said...

So stinkin' cute!  -Heather
Stringtown Home

Suzanharvard said...

I love how this turned out - beautiful job
Your newest follower - would love to have you 
visit and follow back :)

Pinecreekstyle said...

Beautiful....love how the stool turned out! Just joined your site....would love to have you visit me at pinecreekstyle.blogspot.com

Mihaela Balan said...

Love, love, love! You had me at yellow, but the photo trasfer is lovely, too!

Blissful_and_domestic said...

I love the way this came out. I would love for you to link this up to me Feature Friday Linky Party.

Danielle @ Blissful and Domesticwww.blissfulanddomestic.com

Kerryanne said...

Nicely done Barb. Thanks for linking up to Shabbilicious Friday this week.

Mayje said...

It turned out really beautiful! I love it!

Blog hopping from Happy Hour Projects. :)

Candace Jedrowicz said...

Very cool!  Thanks for sharing!

megan Vaughn said...

It turned out fantastic, Barb!

Tami @ Curb Alert! said...

Cute idea.   Love the way it turned out.  Would love to invite you to link up and share over at Curb Alert's! Friday Block Party.  Hope to see you there!  http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com/2012/08/friday-block-party-13-come-join-us.html
Now off to go grab me some stools!!!
Tami @ Curb Alert!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Megan!

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Thank you!

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Thanks!

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Thanks!

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Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you! I'm loving the yellow too!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

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Thank you!

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Thanks Jo!

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Thank you!

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Thanks!

Tammy said...

I love your stool. The yellow is perfect!  I have never tried the freezer paper transfer.  I need to try that.  I am your newest follower. I hope you can visit me sometime, and I would love for you to link this up to my linky party going on now called Rustic Restorations Weekend. :)  
http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/2012/08/rustic-restorations-weekend-15.html

Rachel said...

I need to do this. I have two bar stools just like yours. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

Emily @ Sweetbellaroos said...

Love this! I have got to get onboard with freezer paper! Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday!

cheeky rose said...

Lovely finish

Roeshel said...

So cute!, Barb! A great way to give it a new "old" look. Love it!

Ciera said...

Love it!!

Amie @ Pinkapotamus said...

This is Gorgeous!  I just adore that sweet yellow color and the French graphic is just beautiful!  Wow.. I am featuring this on the Pink Hippo Party!
xoxo
Amie @ Pinkapotamus 

Jennifer Dawn Oliver Shelton said...

Great redo!

Pam said...

Adorable

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

Wow! Love it!!

Leslie Stewart said...

This is absolutely too cool! I love the yellow legs and the design on the seat is awesome! I'd love for you to share it at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. It's every Tuesday. Hope you can stop by!
Leslie

Debbie said...

No I haven't taken the freezer paper plunge, but I plan to real soon! Love what you did with the stool, the yellow legs are perfect with the seat!
Saw you featured at Adventures of a DIY Mom. I'm now following you, I'm in Ontario too!
Debbie :)

Kim~madeinaday said...

Great idea for the freezer paper, I have a stool I am going to refinish and i haven't because I wondering how I was going to get that image on the wood! Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up!
Kim@madeinaday

Kim~madeinaday said...

I am featuring you today!
Kim`madeinaday

lfrank1018 said...

It came out great! Thank you for sharing at our
Pinteresting Party!

Tami @ Curb Alert! said...

Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! I would love for you to link up again this week. The party is up and running, hope to see you there!
http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com/2012/08/sneak-peek-at-my-week-friday-block.html
TGIF ~ Tami

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Tami!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Kim!

BarbSteadman said...

It did take two tries, but the first one wiped right off so no harm there. I'm in love with freezer paper transferring!

BarbSteadman said...

You definitely should try it - so easy to do!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Nicole!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Amie!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Roeshel!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

You won't believe how easy it is. And the different things you can transfer to!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you! I can't wait to see what you do with yours!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

Laura @ Finding Home said...

Such a pretty project, thanks for linking up at our spray paint party! Take care,Laura

how2home said...

Just hopped over from better after and i love this stool! never knew freezer paper is so useful! thx for sharing.

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Laura!

Barb said...

Can you please tell me where you got the design you used? I so badly want to do a stool like this but I am having a very difficult time finding a round design that would be suitable.

Bobbie bbeach5@gmail.com

Barb said...

Hi Bobbie,

I emailed some suggestions to you - hopefully one works for you! It was just A LOT of googling.

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