DIY - Bar Stools (Annie Sloan Paint)

This past weekend was one of the best I've had in a while. It was a three day weekend because of Labor Day, so that's already a good start. On top of that, a tropical storm was blowing through Baton Rouge the whole time which meant lots of rain. To me - it meant a weekend completely free and clear of any type of yard work. Darn. So what to do during an extended weekend with absolutely no responsibilities? Relax! Redo furniture! We've had these bar stools for years, and I've never loved them. For a while, they even sat outside because there was no room for them at one of our rental houses. Then, they got moved back inside and were funkier than ever.

I am so, so, so excited because I purchased my first quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint along with both the light and dark waxes! The color I chose was Duck Egg Blue, and I am obsessed. It's light and cheery, but not too in-your-face. The process started by applying two coats of the paint to the bar stools. I applied two coats because I didn't care for the color of the original wood. Had it been a dark, pretty wood, I would have applied one coat to allow the original wood to show through. After they were dry, I applied a combination of the clear and dark wax* to create a subtle antiquing affect without altering the original color too much. I applied the wax with sponges instead of brushes to keep it looking more organic, but another option is to apply the waxes with a brush then wipe with a rag.

*The Waxes: There are two waxes you can buy for this paint: clear and dark. They create different affects which you can read about here.

I have to say, I LOVE how the stools came out. Starting now, I am going to start refinishing pieces of furniture I pick up from antique and thrift stores around town, and then sell them. Also, if you have a piece that you'd like for me to refinish, please contact me at themendednest@gmail.com, and I'll be happy to give you a quote.

Keep in mind that you can only purchase Annie Sloan paint from an Annie Sloan "Stockist". Stockists are few and far between, but I've found the one in Baton Rouge! Her name is Cyndee Layman of Layman Smith Interiors, and she is sweet as can be. We love her! To contact: 225-936-3411 or laymansmithinteriors@gmail.com. Don't forget to mention The Mended Nest!


  1. yep, turned out great and i LOVE the color.

  2. This paint looks incredible; I went to her website and you can do SO many things with the aesthetics of the this paint!

  3. I just googled annie sloan paint, baton rouge and your blog came up. Where did you find it in town?
    Her website says it's only sold one place in BR, off Jones Creek. Any other spots you know of?