Whenever I am painting a piece such as this recent project (round table), I look for other pieces in my stash I could paint the same color. I can expedite projects by lining them up and painting them one after the other, basically creating an assembly line—just call me Henrietta Ford! Whilst going through my stash, I found these two little milk stools. I believe they are from the mid to late 1970s when colonial style decorating was in vogue because of the American bicentennial.
I had had them in my booths for periods of time and they had not sold, so it was time to freshen them up with a coat of paint.
I applied two quick coats of Rustoleum Highland Blue Milk Paint. I wasn't too concerned with fully covering the piece because I knew I was going to heavily distress these pieces.
Using 60 grit sandpaper, I heavily distressed both of these stools. One of the things I like best about milk paint is how easy it is to sand and distress. It really makes it look like the paint has been on there for years and slowly worn off over time.
I was able to distress both stools in about ten minutes. Then I applied a coat of Varathane Crystal Clear Polyurethane in the satin finish to seal the paint.
These are great to layer items in your vignettes. I use small stools like this in my booth all the time to give height and add additional display room. One of them has already sold!
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