A Lacy Look for a Everyday Household Item

Hello everyone!  I hope you have all been having a good week and are ready for another blog post that will blow your minds!

Okay…maybe not, but you never know.

So, I was looking around for free stuff/cheap stuff on Craiglist.  I was looking for some furniture that I wanted to redo.  And, I found these beautiful bar stools for $30 for the 4 of them.

Barstools 1

They were really nice, but they did have some damage done to them.  They had some chew marks from a dog and some paint on them as well.  But it wasn’t anything that couldn’t be fixed.

So, I had a great idea on what I wanted to with these bar stools.  So, I started with painting the seats white.  I used Waverly chalk paint and absolutely fell in love with how it covered the bar stool.  Here is how it turned out!

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I like how the white paint covered the seat and how well it worked.  I can officially say that I am a believer in chalk paint!

But, moving on.  I really wanted to paint a design on the seat and had a great idea to put a doily on the top and paint over it.  So, here is the doily that I used.

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Isn’t it pretty?!  I love it!  I love that it isn’t just a plain white doily and love all the circles and the design.

So, I wanted to paint over the doily with black so that the white would show through.  I used American Decor black chalk paint and love how it covered, the same as the white.  So, I used a small circle sponge to cover the doily in the black paint to finish off the seat.

Unfortunately, my first attempt failed miserably.

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Yeah…I put too much paint on it.  Oops.

So, I had to sand off the paint and repaint it white.  Thankfully, I only did this to one of the seats.  But, this is how all the seats turned out.

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I am so happy I finally figured out how much paint to put on the doily.  Because honestly, this looks so much better than the first one.  Hooray!

the final step in my bar stools was painting the legs black.  I used the American Decor chalk paint that I had used previously and covered the legs, bars, and underside of the seat.  It took about 2 coats of paint with some touch ups, but it wasn’t too bad!

And finally, here are what they looked like when they were done!

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I absolutely love how they turned out.  They look so much better than I was expecting and I am happy!  I hope that I can work on more furniture and show you what I did!

I hope you all enjoyed my blog post.  The stools are awesome and I can’t wait to do more fun projects for you to see!



47 thoughts on “A Lacy Look for a Everyday Household Item

  1. Barbara Scott says:

    I didn’t read all the comments so someone might have already touched on the possibility of using a spray adhesive to adhere the doily while sponging/stamping the black paint. You wouldn’t want so much adhesive that it leaves any when it’s lifted but just enough to position it before starting and hold it in place. Great project! They look great!


  2. Karen C. Gardner says:

    I LOVE this, and I have some doilies that I would like to repurpose. So what about actually mounting an antique tatted doily onto the stool — any thoughts on how to do that? Thanks for the cool idea!


    • homeonthecornerblog says:

      HI Karen! I’m not sure about mounting a doily on a stool. Would maybe Mod Podge work? Or maybe a fabric glue? You would probably have to look at different types of adhesives and see which one would work best. I would love to see the finished product! Thank for stopping by!


  3. Ana says:

    hi! that’s a beautiful idea, and I have a question..Did you used the same doily for all the stools? Thanks again for this idea. I might use it for my old chairs, they are ugly, old and too plain.


  4. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Wow I am so impressed with this Lauren. And to think that you did this with a doily. have been wanting to do something similar but have been too chicken. I think you have just given me the right amount of sweet inspiration.Pinned and shared.


      • Cj says:

        I love them also but have a dumb question. Did you remove the doily after painting on it or did you leave on and the paint protected it?


      • Heidi Tait says:

        I’m sorry to ask, but I’m confused about painting the doily white, then you said you removed it. Is that when the design shows through or how do you get the black background and the white doily design? I’m a newbie and it wasn’t clear to me. I love it and it looks absolutely beautiful.


      • homeonthecornerblog says:

        I’m sorry. Let me try again. I painted the seat white. Then I placed a doily on the seat and lightly dabbed black paint over it with a sponge brush. I had to be careful not to move the doily while painting. After the black dried a little, I pulled the doily off so the design showed through! Does that make more sense? Sometimes I type so fast I don’t make things very clear. Thank you so much for coming by and let me know if you have any more questions!


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