A Someday Project

Living on Saltwater - Someday Project - Stool - Annie Sloan - Barcelona - Dark Wax

There are tons of these Ryan Gosling pictures out on the internet that cater to “woman fantasies.” But I saw this particular one about a month ago, right after I started this project. It COMPLETELY sums up the status of my garage.

Living on Saltwater - Someday Projects

Thank goodness I have a two car garage. One side to park my car, the other for tools and some of my “someday” projects, and a pull-down attic in the garage with some more “someday” project storage. My current “someday project” collection includes an old green and white polka dot chair that was my great grandmothers, a rocking horse Dee built for me, an end table someone gave to me, and this stool.

Living on Saltwater - Someday Projects - Stool Before

I’ve had this stool since I was a kid. Dee (short for Granddaddy because I couldn’t pronounce all of Granddaddy as a kid) built this stool for me. It’s been used over the years for various things, but I finally claimed it from my parents about a year ago. It’s been sitting in my garage since, while I figured out what I wanted to do with it. My first instinct was to paint it a bright color. But I also wanted something that would go with my current décor. My plan was to add a monogram detail to the top, as well.

I have a hard time taking risks with paint colors. I know it’s only paint and it’s easy to paint over something if it doesn’t work out. But picking a bold color is usually outside of my comfort zone. Bold colors aren’t versatile and I have a fear of choosing the wrong color. I planned on using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for this project. I’ve done several pieces with it and I like that you don’t have to prime stained wood before painting. Chalk Paint is limited to a specific set of colors, which is good because it narrows the field down for me. I looked at a bunch of painted furniture for different color examples on Pinterest for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I really liked the boldness of Barcelona. It’s this bright, deep, orange, which would complement the dark blues/navys in my living room. I also considered Arles, which is a more yellow, muted, orange. Part of me wishes I’d went with Arles…..but we’ll get to that.

Living on Saltwater - Someday Projects - Stool - Annie Sloan - Barcelona

I’d planned to disassemble the stool and paint all the pieces and put it back together. Well it didn’t want to come apart. The one screw I was able to get up started to tear the wood, so I decided to paint the whole thing as it was.

Once it was painted, I started looking at differnt font type faces for the monogram to go on top. I wanted a font with a capital “G” that had a big circular shape that was more round than oval. I wasn’t looking for a script/fancy looking font but something bold and block lettering typeface. I ended up sketching out this metal “G” I have on my wooden door corner bookcase.

Living on Saltwater - Repurposed Wooden Door - Corner Bookcase

Living on Saltwater - Someday Projects - Stool - Annie Sloan - Barcelona

I painted a couple coats of Annie Sloan pure white for the “G.” I was a little shocked/surprised/disappointed with the whole look. It screamed “Go Clemson” with the orange and white combo (should have painted it Emperor’s Silk and I would have a “Go State” themed stool)!

Living on Saltwater - Someday Project - Stool - Annie Sloan - Barcelona

The Clemson look was definitely not what I was going for, so I decided to finish it off with some dark wax to change the color tone a bit and give it a more rustic/old look. Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out. It’s sitting in my entryway nook next to my great grandmother’s cedar chest and with this old metal cooler I refinished a couple of years ago.

Living on Saltwater - Someday Project - Stool - Annie Sloan - Barcelona - Dark Wax

Living on Saltwater - Someday Project - Stool - Annie Sloan - Barcelona

Living on Saltwater - Someday Project - Stool - Annie Sloan - Barcelona

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