After my "mint"spiration post yesterday, I am so excited to share with you one of my mint projects! I have some new-old stools in shades of mint.
I absolutely love my Aalto high stools in our kitchen and have been oogling over the special anniversary edition stool 60 for quite some time now. I really love the stool E60 in this space:
Unfortunately, splurging on the stools wasn't in the budget at the moment.
My parents did, however, have a few very beat up knockoff Aalto stools. They were the stools that we used in our kitchen when I was growing up. To satisfy my Aalto and mint obsession I decided to paint the tops mint. Three different shades to be exact! :)
Here's a little before and after:
To paint my stools I sanded, primed, added two coats of paint, two coats of clear polyurethane and one coat of satin polyurethane. The legs I simply cleaned. They're not perfect, but still much better. For my mint ombre, I chose the colours based on my mint belt and jeans and picked a third colour to tie the two colours together. The colours from light to dark are: Behr: Breath of Spring(450C-2), Valspar: Mint Gala (6001-7B) and Valspar: Simply Seafoam (5008-7C). I simply picked up tester pots which were more than plenty and I even got one for free (Valspar) using a coupon I got in the May Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Yay for free!
I'm sure you're wondering where/how I am going to use these stools (or maybe not, but I'm going to tell /show you anyway). :) The stools are going in the living room. They are great stacked as a side table for our tall sofa. They can also be used for extra seating and as little tables for your drink that can be pulled up wherever you're sitting. Truly a multifunctional little stool. :) Now that I have my new stools, I'm not loving the orangey tone of the wood base of our sofa. I've started toying with the idea of changing it up to something a little lighter. Another project added to the ever growing list! Don't you also love that the Domino book is also a shade of mint?
Did I mention that these stools are also fabulous for toddler playtime? They can be a train, caterpillar, worm, etc. I remember throwing a blanket over them to make a fort when I was little. :)
I hope you liked my stools as much as I do. Did you notice the clues to my project in my "mint"spiration board?