Sunday, July 1, 2012

The burlap nailhead bar stool project

On Monday I got a text from a friend, Jason, who owns a growing vacation rental property company in Panama City Beach. He had just acquired a new client, and the condo needed some work. To say that my life is unbelievably hectic right now would be the understatement of the century. So OF COURSE I said yes to taking on yet another project.

When I walked into the condo, the first thing I noticed was a whole lot of clutter, greenery and cheap looking accents. There was not a single coastal element in the entire condo. I knew that with a virtually non-existent budget, the element that would make the biggest impact would be paint. There was a lot of black, masculine, furniture. One of the first rules of design in coastal style is "lighten & brighten". I decided to take on the bar stools and table. Wowzers. I'll go ahead and show you the before and after of the bar stools. Check this out.

And here's the before picture of the table and chairs set

soooooo much clutter. Way too much furniture (I removed an accent chair), and the outdated shelf in the background was useless. Just stuffed with clutter.

The whole set. Very dark and masculine.

I've been wanting to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and I FINALLY had the opportunity! And wow. When they say it's the best paint in the world, they're not kidding. You do not have to sand, prime, or anything. And it adheres to wood, metal, glass...... it was perfect for this project.

So I made a trip over to Shabby Coast Cottage on Hwy 30-A and bought some chalk paint from my new, super talented friend Jeri. 

My first stroke of chalk paint. I'm addicted and will never use anything else for painting furniture

The bar stool after one coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint

After painting the bar stools white and distressing them, I reupholstered them with burlap.

Reupholstering the black leather with burlap and applying the nailhead trim
AND, here you go. The before & afters! I am so pleased with the new burlap nailhead bar stools. They look so luxurious, and only cost about $15 per chair (paint, fabric, & nailheads). Enjoy!

I am THRILLED with the results :)

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  1. This turned out Fabulous Monica!!
    and your board and batten in the hallway is to die for!!!
    I am so impressed! I am going to post on my facebook page,
    You ought to link this up to some linky parties in the blog world,
    check out the link party tab on the top of my blog to find some good ones...
    this project has to be shared!!!

    Cant wait to see what else you do!

    1. Hey Jeri! I'll definitely check out your link party. I am VERY new to blogging, so I'm not quite sure how it all works. I've got another project in the works, so I'm sure I'll be seeing you soon :) Oh! By the way, I love your drop cloth slipcover! I'm going to try it on a more modern wingback chair that I have. Awesome job!

  2. What an improvement! I love the new color and upholstery on your stools! Great job! Found you at Feature Friday! Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Jduy