Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent my Saturday deep cleaning my back porch. It has been on my to do list for awhile. Anyway, that is a project I’ll be sharing in the future!
Yesterday, I worked on painting these adorable little step stools. Like I mentioned before, my husband has a step stool business. He is currently working on a new design. I am lucky to get all of his prototypes! In my opinion, these are winners! Now, let’s talk about chippy paint step stools!
My husband’s co-worker told him how to create a chippy paint look. I read some online tutorials and decided to give it a try! I’ll share with you the process and what I learned a long the way.
Here is a picture of the supplies I used. The only thing not shown is a heat gun that I borrowed from my husband.
Time to put on my favorite French music station and get to work!
First, I took my foam brush and applied a large amount of Elmer’s school glue on it. I covered the top of the stool with the glue. I’ve learned the more glue you use, the better the results.
The second step is to cover the the glue with a thick coat of chalk paint. It is important to make sure that the glue is still wet.
Finally, get a blow drier to get the paint cracking. Well, I don’t own a blow drier. Luckily, my husband has a heat gun which basically does the same thing. Just make sure to have it on a low setting and don’t place the gun too close to the paint. I learned the hard way that this just creates bubbles in the paint. It is important to give yourself at least 6 inches of space. You will soon see the cracks suddenly appear!
These step stools have a lot of small spaces which were difficult to paint. It took most of the day to paint all three. Especially since this was my first chippy paint project! I messed up my first one and had to sand it and start all over. By the time I got to the large stool, I was better at my technique.
After all of the stools have dried, it was time to figure out if I wanted to use all three or just two of the step stools.
I decided to go with the double step stool look because it gave me more room to place some of my favorite books on top.
I love the way the chippy paint came out! It really gives the wood a vintage look. If you have some unfinished wood around, I recommend giving this technique a try. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m always happy to help!