Somehow the obsession with white furniture slipped to the back of my mind for 15 years and it's now resurfacing with a vengeance.
White looks clean, chic and breezy. So right now I'm having a love affair with white furniture.
Trevor and I have painted our dresser, stools, boxes, frames and our bathroom cabinet all white and we still have half a can of paint to go through.
So If you're looking for Trevor and you can't find him one day, just check to make sure I didn't paint him white. It could happen!
Our kitchen connects with the dining room through a pass through so we wanted to create a breakfast nook there. Trevor already had stools there, but they didn't really match anything. So the first project that we tackled was learning how to paint monogrammed stools. Yes, we're vain enough to put our initial where our butt is.
It took me a long time to find the right paint because I wanted something that was no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds - the nauseating chemicals that give you a headache when you paint), low odor and no carcinogens. After careful research and cross referencing about 1000 sources, I decided to go with Yolo Colorhouse and buy their semigloss eggshell interior paint called Imagine .01
Good choice, my friends, good choice! It does not smell at all, it's super easy to clean off your brush and hands and it dries very fast. We also bought the Yolo primer
and off to paint we went.
Here is how the stools looked like before Trevor applied his patience to them.
First, I primed them. I only did it once because all of those nooks and crannies were a pain to cover. (Now I just realize that "pain" is one letter away from "paint'. Coincidence?)
Then I procrastinated for a while until the mood struck and I applied two coats of white Yolo paint on them (no pictures, I was procrastinating on that too).
The next step was bugging Trevor to come up with a nice handwritten G stencil. It only took us a couple of weeks to get through that step. In hindsight, we wouldn't have printed the stencil on paper, because it was soft and it took a lot of precision and squinting to stay within the lines.
We painted one green monogram on a white background and another white monogram on a green background.
I was also thinking of dip-painting the stool legs, but once we were done with the stenciling I was ready to move on.
There were so many other things that were screaming: Paint me white!
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