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Painted Barstools

One of my favorite parts of our kitchen is the island. Now that I have one, I cannot imagine a future kitchen without one (or at least a peninsula of some sort). For the first year that we lived in our house, we found ourselves standing around the island a lot—island seating wasn’t high on our “fixer upper” priority list. During year two, it was time to take some action.

We knew we wanted barstools without a back. We loved the saddle stools at Pottery Barn but weren’t as in love with the hefty price tag. After looking around, we only found stools in colors that weren’t our top choices. It became clear that we should just paint some stools ourselves.

painted barstools

What you need:

Unfinished Wood Barstools—we scored two online for $50

Fine Sandpaper



Foam brush

Protective Top Coat

Plastic Covering and Painter’s Tape- only needed if you are doing a two-toned stool

Stain/Stain Rag- only needed if you are doing a two-toned stool


Step 1:

As your stools are unfinished, they should be pretty smooth and free of splintering wood. Give your stools a super light and casual sanding—just in case. We wanted a two-toned stool—wood stain on the seat and paint on the legs. Because of this, I used painter’s tape to cover up the saddle seat with part of a plastic drop cloth. Make sure it’s covered all the way so no primer gets through!

Barstool, unfinished Step 2:

Prime your stools (or, like in my case just prime the legs). For the first time ever, I used a spray primer. The spray primer went on great—very easy to use. Follow the directions on your primer can to ensure correct application. Let dry completely.

Step 3:

While my seat was still wrapped up, I painted the legs of my stool. I applied two coats of paint using a small foam brush. Let dry completely.

primed barstools

You can see the one stool has been painted, while the other one is primed and ready for some color. Pardon the mess!

Step 4:

With the stool legs completely painted and dry, I removed the plastic covering from the saddle seat. I wanted to stain the top of the seat a color that would closest match our hardwood floors. Minwax’s Natural color did the job. Follow the direction on the stain can for the correct application procedure. I did two coats of stain.

Step 5:

Apply your finish/top coat. Again, we went with a spray for this step and used two coats. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area—it can get a bit stinky! Let dry completely.

painted barstools 2

We’re happy to finally have somewhere to sit!

Jute Cross Wall Art

In the weeks leading up to Easter, I’d wanted to make something that showcased a cross. It’s always nice to have a few Easter-specific decorations to add to the overall spring décor.

I’ve liked the look of the nail art that took Pinterest by storm earlier this year. You’ve probably seen it; usually it’s a state outline such as this one. Given its materials, to me, this would be the perfect means for my Easter cross.

I chose to work with jute for this project (I’ve got tons left over from my wrapped Easter eggs). I’m sure you could use twine, yarn, or string as well.

Jute Cross

What you need:

Wood- we have plenty of remnants from which to choose

Fine grit sandpaper

Circular Saw- if you need to cut your wood

Stain or paint

Stain rag or paintbrush

Clear finish- I used some that we had on hand





Step 1:

Using a circular saw cut your wood down to the size/shape you want it to be. I settled on a good old fashioned rectangle. This will be leaning against a wall on a shelf, so I didn’t make it that large, only 10.5 x 13. Give your wood a quick sand to ensure there are no jagged pieces anywhere.

Step 2:

Stain or paint your wood. I wanted to keep the natural look of the wood so I decided on stain. I’ve used Minwax before and was happy with the results—this time I went with the color Provincial. Follow the directions on your stain can to make sure you use the correct procedure. After your stain dries, apply a coat of finish. Let dry completely- I decided to let it dry overnight and pick up with the rest of the project the next day.

Step 3:

I did a quick sketch of my cross on paper so I could choose the shape/size I wanted it to be. I also made sure to decide on where I wanted my nails to go. I settled with only doing nails in the corners of the cross—quite different from the state nail art that uses tons of nails.

Step 4:

Lay your sketch on top of your wood. You could just hammer in your nails where you want them to go, and when finished, tear away your paper. However, I chose to use an awl to mark where my nails would go. I then took off the paper and got to hammering. Remember not to nail them all the way down—you need to have nail exposed to wrap the jute around!

jutecross photos

Step 5:

Now that you have your outline/nails in place, start wrapping. Make sure you tie a knot around your first and last nails so it doesn’t unravel. I chose to keep my wrapping to a minimum because I wanted this design to be simplistic and not too “perfect” looking.

jute cross

      I’m quite happy with how this came out. It’s a nice nod to the meaning behind the holiday.



Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Decor

For the past few weeks, the ladies and myself (and probably many of you too), have been combing Pinterest and our favorite blogs for some St. Patrick’s Day inspiration. We hope that you’ve enjoyed the decor/crafts that we’ve posted, and wanted to include our top 10 favorite ideas that we have seen on the good ol’ world wide web. (Each image will take you directly to the tutorial)

So here they are, in no particular order:

St Patrick's Day Clover Wreath

via blueskyconfections

What’s better than a St. Patty’s Day wreath that is made from fresh greens from your very own landscaping?

St Patrick's Day Bannervia lilluna

 This banner was the inspiration for Grace’s Easy St. Patrick’s Day Banner. We especially like how this one uses vintage maps of Ireland for the background. A great decoration for your house or even your classroom!

St Patrick's Day Printablevia pumpkinpetunia

 Everyone loves a free printable, and this one is full of whimsy. What a cute gift for your little ones or friends to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Tree

via lollyjane

This craft is super easy and super cheap– you can get everything from the dollar store. A great activity to do with the kiddies.

St Patrick's Day Vases

via eighteen25

A nice tutorial for making colored vases. Of course green works well for St. Patrick’s Day, but you could apply this technique to any vase for any holiday. This is great St. Patty’s Day decor without going too over the top.

St Patrick's Day Stamp

via prudentbaby

You probably have everything you need for this craft in your house already–we love an upcycled, free craft. The kids could make such cute St. Patrick’s Day cards with this stamp.

Shamrock Garland

via blitsycrafts

This garland is also something that can work in both your home or the classroom. As all it takes is strips of paper and a few staples, this is a craft that kids (who can safely operate a stapler) can help with too.

Lisa_Shatzer.jpg.rendition.largestvia ferncreekcottage

You know that we love us some burlap around here. What’s nice about this art is that you can really vary it to your taste. You can change the shape of the clover or use cardstock/scrapbook paper instead of foam board. Love the natural look of this one.

St Patrick's Day Chalkboard Art

via dearlillieblog

This is understated St. Patrick’s Decor at its best. A chalkboard with any saying related to the holiday (Irish blessings, songs, etc.) is a classy, neutral way to incorporate some holiday cheer into your home.

St. Patrick's Day Clothespin Wreathvia

This wreath can either go on your door or anywhere in your house/classroom. Using just a few supplies (most of which you may have already), this wreath is definitely a keeper!

Have you made any St. Patrick’s Day crafts? We’d love to see your decor choices!

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