Not a fan of the color of your metal stools? Don’t worry! Learn how to paint and distress metal with this quick and easy tutorial.
Last Christmas I purchased these gorgeous metal bar stools from Overstock to complete the look around our kitchen island. However, even though I loved everything about these beauties I found myself wishing they were. . . different.
Honestly, I love the color, but with our kitchen countertops being so dark as it is I felt like the bar stools just didn’t look right, or have the “popping” factor that I was looking for.
First, I tried just distressing the metal and the original paint job, but … ugh. Still not getting it done for me.
So, what’s a girl to do when faced with suchhhhh a dilemma? Well, you either go big and bold, or you go home.
Are you ready to learn how to paint and distress metal bar stools? Good! Let’s get started!
- Lacquer Thinner
- Spray Paint
- Rust-Oleum Spray Paint Comfort Grip
- Paper Towel
- Leftover Cardboard
1. First things first, wipe down your stools with a little bit of lacquer thinner and a paper towel to clean off any random debris that could cause the spray paint not to stick or give it a weird texture.
2. Pick out the color of your choice for your stools (or whatever project you’re working on). I’m happy to announce that this brilliant can of happiness did just the trick!
I know I haven’t mentioned it in any of my previous posts, but I recently attended the blogger Haven Conference, and had such a great time! I met so many new faces as well as finally being able to put a name to a personality. Always a plus!
One of the other amazing bonuses about this conference was the amazing goody bags that everyone received! For instance, this handy-dandy Rust-Oleum Spray Paint Comfort Grip is such a dreamboat to use. No joke. I also have the standard version as well, and it works…. but this one is definitely my favorite.
3. Then, it’s time to paint! Remember: use LIGHT and MULTIPLE coats to prevent running and drippage.
Also, if it’s crazy humid in your location you might want to bring your project inside a garage with a fan or a/c unit. I started off doing all the stools outdoors, but after an hour I found that they were still super tacky. So, indoors they went!
How to Distress Paint on Your Metal Bar Stools
4. After you have painted all your stools and they’re good and dry it’ll now be time to distress. My favorite method? Lacquer thinner. Just put a little bit on a paper towel like you were cleaning them again, and buff out the edges. Depending on how much distress you will want will ultimately depend on how long this part will take. For me, maybe 10 minutes. Nothing too crazy.
5. If you would like, go ahead and spray down your stools with a clear matte finish. Honestly, I do not think this step is necessary (since you want the distressed factor!), but it can’t hurt to add a little bit of protection.
6. Enjoy these lovelies!
I still can’t believe how much of a difference this color swap has made! Soooo incredibly happy that I went with my gut.
In a few very short weeks I’ll have the remaining projects posted for the kitchen, and then I will FINALLY be done! Yay for getting projects like one and How to Paint An Exterior Metal Door off of my to-do list!
You can’t see it, but I’m totally jumping up and down right now.
No, I am NOT twerking! Who said that?
First off, trust me, those crazy days are over for this girl. I don’t think I would even know how to move like that… or want to!
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If you loved this project then you’ll definitely want to browse some of my other DIY projects that are full of step-by-step tutorials as well as freebies galore! Can’t wait to see you again, and Happy Crafting!
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This post was originally created in August 2015 but was updated in August 2021.