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Monday, April 7, 2014

How To Paint A Garden Stool

  I had so many questions about the rockers and the garden stool after my latest porch post, so that I thought I would show a step by step of how I painted the stool.

                                (This is a re-post of the tutorial I shared two years ago.)

 See the white chinese garden stool. That's the famous one from Big Lots that was on sale for $14.99.  It needs painting so it will fit in with my porch makeover.  I want to bring in some color as an accent to the house colors, so I am thinking an aqua color.

These are the paints I am going to use.  The aqua color is called Jade and then Emerald Green will give it some character.  The Clear Glaze will seal it when it is painted.

First I took a sanding block and sanded the entire stool down.  I sanded just enough to take part of the shine off and rough up the surface a little bit, then I sprayed the bottom 2/3 of the stool with the aqua color.  When that was dry I sprayed the top and feathered down the sides to meet the jade with the emerald green.

Once it was all dry, I used Min-wax walnut stain and sponged it on over the Emeral green top part and also feathered it into part of the aqua.  This needed to dry for 2 days to really set up, then I finished it with 2 coats of Clear Gloss.

To tie my design together, I made some new pillows in an outdoor fabric with both the aqua, brown and green colors in it.

I added another aqua planter that I already had with a pretty plant and a cute little frog for some whimsy.

The stool is just the perfect size for a couple of glasses of iced tea and fits nicely between the rockers.

The fern makes a great backdrop between the chairs and gives the space a nice lush garden feel.

 I hope this encourages you to paint a ceramic piece to fit your decor too.  This stool has been on the porch for two years and still looks like new.

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  1. Wow, Marty, what a bargain, first of all, and what a transformation - it looks fantastic! Reminds me of vintage weller pottery. Enjoy your iced tea on the porch. :)

  2. I am enjoying your blog. Very interesting.

  3. Wow Marty, would never have thought to use stain over the paint. Gorgeous makeover and thanks for the tutorial. I'm Pinning this for sure!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  4. Very nice! I really appreciate when people show a picture of the products they used! Thanks for that!

  5. Your garden stool looks absolutely fabulous, Marty! And it coordinates with everything you have on your lovely porch! So inviting . . . . I want to have a seat, rock a bit, and enjoy some lemonade!

  6. Love the new has so much more interest, now! Enjoy your beautiful porch now that spring has finally arrived!

  7. Your porch looks so pretty it! Hugs, Penny

  8. Marty,
    you made a bargain look so expensive and unique! I never would have thought to put stain over paint and then to 'shine it up' with the gloss sealant. I have a garden stool that needs a make-over and thanks to you - I know what to do.
    thanks, love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  9. This looks fantastic, Marty! I love the colors you chose and I would have never thought to add in the stain like you did. I love how each color fades into the next. Awesome!

  10. Great makeover Marthy! Colors are beautiful! Loos great in your lovely garden!

  11. Hi Marty,
    It looks great between the rockers and I would love to come sit on your porch and share an ice tea and rock the day away. Ahhhhh would be so relaxing and warm. Have a great Sunday and great beginning to the new week.

  12. I love the colors you chose for your beautiful garden stool Marty. What a fun project and pretty front porch! Looks like a fun project to try, thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Looks great and I am in LOVE with that frog!!! LOL Thanks for sharing hun and have a great day. :-)

  14. Marty,
    Truly inspired to paint a ceramic stool, stain over it, and seal it with a glaze finish. I am Pinning this for future reference to review your excellent instructions.


  15. It's a fabulous technique worth sharing again Marty! thanks!

  16. Oh my. What a beautiful transformation!

  17. OMGosh, Marty-I don't think I saw this before..It turned out beautiful! That is one of the best paint jobs with spray paint I have seen- Love it! xo Diana

  18. LOVE LOVE the way your garden stool turned out Marty!!

  19. Great job. Thanks for the instructions on how to paint ceramic. I have a expensive lamp (ginger jar style) and I need to change the color, so I am going to give it a try - thanks so much.

  20. I love the way this turned out, Marty -- cute colors! Thanks for the painting tip! :)

  21. Good Morning Marty, What a fabulous idea.... I love the changes you have made to your ceramic table. I did not realise that it was possible to change the colour of a ceramic piece. I have something in mind, which I would love to change the colour of, so with your advice, I am going to give this ago. Thank you so much for the inspiration.
    Best Wishes to you.

  22. WOW! It looks so professional. It is so well done. I LOVE how it turned out, Marty! xo

  23. Wow! I love how you painted that Marty!! I have one of those white stools too...once I get bored of it, I will have to try your technique so I'm pinning this! :)

  24. Marty that turned out great! Love it much better than the original!

  25. I love how your stool turned out. I have been looking for one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg for awhile, I didn't know that Big Lots had them or I would have been there in a heart beat! Darn!


  26. I had no idea that you could paint ceramic. Thanks for the tutorial. Your porch plants are so lush and gorgeous.

  27. Well, aren't you the clever one? You've probably surprised a lot of us with the news that ceramic color can be changed. I never would have guessed it. Your porch looks like a great place to watch the time go by....I like that.

  28. love this! what an awesome job........I never would have thought to do this on ceramic.......and love the quaintness of your porch!

  29. Great transformation.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  30. Thanks for sharing Marty! Love the transformation! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  31. Marty, I took one look at that garden stool and couldn't BELIEVE you painted it! It's absolutely perfect! Makes me want to try it myself! Great job & thanks for linking up to Twirl & Take a Bow! ox

  32. It looks great I love the mix of colours. I have this stool in white, red and black, yes a little obsessed with them :)

  33. Love the colors of your stool! And I want to come rock on your pretty porch!

  34. I remember this post! That beautiful stool has held up really well. Your porch is so inviting. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week! ~Deborah