It’s always good to fit in a quick project at the weekend for that feel good sense of achievement! When I should have been painting my walls (still not done) I turned my attention to two dated and rather plain bar stools that were left at our house by the previous owner. They were definitely in need of a make-over and I knew it could be achieved in just a couple of hours (plus drying time). Here was my inspiration picture – apologies as I don’t have the original source for this “after” picture! I love the dip dye effect and the colours are just about right for a coastal feel. I had some small pots of paint left over from previous projects and grabbed what I had in white and blue.

Before inspiration

The stools were in pretty good condition but I did give them a quick wash and a light sand and then taped them off. I started with the lighter off-white colour, let that dry for an hour and then re-taped for the blue! This can easily be done in a day – and you can get on with other jobs (or sit and have a cup of tea / glass of wine) whilst the paint is drying – perfect in the sunny weather we are having!

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I used a cardboard stencil and tape to mark off the area for the star and it isn’t as neat as it could be – but it will work for me! I am still contemplating stripes on top of the white topped stool but actually quite like the simplicity as it is. I also haven’t given them a protective coat of  clear matt varnish which I would normally do – but so far they are holding up well. Ta-dah -two upcycled bar stools!

I certainly think the “after” is a great improvement – total project cost £0 – as the bar stools were left behind and I used up some old paint. This sort of technique can be used on any furniture you have in your house which you no longer love! Upcycling is a great way to give a piece of furniture an injection of fun and I think – in this case – a dash of coastal cool!

In every interior design project I work on – I will always try and re-use what is already there and repurpose any furniture by upcycling it to work with the new interior design scheme.