Seagrass Barstool Re-do – Beach Cottage

I’m planning a week of dining room project reveals. After Jerry built our dining table, the last few weeks I’ve been focusing on pulling our dining room together. An actual dining room, and an actual finished look. This is a big deal for me; something I haven’t experienced since living in California!

I am squirming with excitement about the thought of setting the table with vintage table cloths, dinnerware, flatware, glassware, and enjoying a long relaxing dinner and cocktails in our grown up dining room. The look? Maybe beach cottage shabby, meets vintage eclectic.

In my mission to finish this room, I figured I might as well re-do our bar stools. They spent a while in storage lock down, getting scuffed up, and oh yes, used as a kitty scratching post. A few months ago I made my first attempt to paint the seagrass seats; it was not a success. The color ended up looking flat, and way too shiny. In other words, they just turned out ugly. I picked up some MinWax stain in Weathered Wood; they couldn’t get much worse, so I gave it a go.

I like the way they turned out. I think they do have the beach cottage / shabby feel I was going for.

  •  Painted Weathered Wood Stain on the Seagrass
  • Sanded & painted the barstool legs, sanded again, finished with a top coat
  • Used a stiff brush to give the seagrass a bit of variation
  • With a damp rag I rubbed some black paint over the painted seagrass

I might try to give the seats more variation and depth, but overall I like the look. By end of week I should have a total dining room reveal.

Before Repainting Seagrass Barstools

Before Repainting Seagrass Barstools

Midway - Repainting Seagrass Bar Stools

Midway – Repainting Seagrass Bar Stools – needing some depth

AFTER...painting seagrass barstools. I think they have more of a beach cottage / shabby look now.

AFTER…painting seagrass barstools. I think they have more of a beach cottage / shabby look now.

Repainting Seagrass Barstool for a beach cottage / shabby look

Repainting Seagrass Barstool for a beach cottage / shabby look

My next post will be the dining room wall decor. I will finally get to display the stack of vintage platters I’ve been collecting.

xxoo Kris

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