Norm! how to paint Cheers-y bar stools

if you don’t get this post’s title, you’re too young.  i’ve just started and already i’ve digressed.

anyway, you’ve seen these bar stools, right?

cherry wood bar stool

these maple-ish wood bar stools were hip 10 years ago, but you’ve still got them laying around.  they’re sturdy and make for a perfect soccer goal backstop.

toddler sitting on bar stool

with a little elbow grease and some chalk paint, you can breathe new life into these lovelies.

beachy shabby chic bar stools greenish blue annie sloan chalk paint

i started with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg.  it’s a dreamy sea foam greenish color. or maybe it’s the color of a duck egg, but i’ve never seen a duck’s egg, so i can’t vouch. (are they really green?)distressed chalk painted bar stool close up

then you use a very water Pure White wash.  on these chairs, i went with the grain of the wood and then dabbed with an old t-shirt to blot off some of the paint.  chalk paint bar stools close up greenish blue

then you sand to allow the dark wood color to peek through.  these bar stools will be getting sat upon quite a bit, so more of the paint will continue to naturally rub off.chalk paint bar stools

then 2 coats of ASCP clear wax all over, making sure you let the wax cure in between coats.  chalk paint bar stool top distressed detail

and there you’ve got it.  brand new chairs.  stay tuned for the pix once they’re staged in their new home!  🙂

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Meesh has a passion for people, creative projects, and technology. She enjoys painting furniture back to life, gardening, playing with her kids, and connecting people.


  1. Hello Michelle, Thanks! I love your page and your frames are beiftauul. I love the chalk paint also. I really has transformed my refurbishing work and my business overall. Thanks for checking out my blog and for taking the time to comment. I will add you to my favorites, so I can follow your great chalk paint ideas. Have fun painting!Denna