Floral Painted Bar Stool

Floral Painted Stool by virginiasweetpea.com

For the past few months I’ve joined a group of blogging friends who challenge each other to a monthly furniture makeover with a theme.  Since April showers bring May flowers, this month’s theme is flowers.  I love the challenge of making a piece of castoff furniture into something beautiful and functional.

My mom gave me a bar stool from a rental cottage that she no longer needed.  It’s been patiently waiting in my basement for its makeover and now it has happened.  The once generic looking stool now sports a glossy coat of Martha Stewart Turkey Hill Green paint with a flower embellishing the top.Floral Painted Bar Stool Before and After


The stool’s life in the rental cottage was rough at times, so this project started with sanding the wood smooth.  After sanding, the stool was painted with MS Turkey Hill Green paint.  Suzanne, thrift shopper extraordinaire, found the paint at a local Goodwill for just $.95 and let me use it for this project.  Although I love the end result, I would not recommend this paint as it took six coats to cover the surface and it’s still not perfect.

Stool after Painting


I intended to hand paint a flower on the top of the stool but changed my mind after thinking about the pretty flowers printed on the fabric that I used for my guest bathroom shower curtain and window valence.  Since my artistic talent is quite limited, using a fabric flower was a much better option for me over hand painting one.  A flower was cut from a scrap piece of fabric and Mod Podged into place.  After the Mod Podge dried, a second coat of Mod Podge was applied over the flower to seal it into place.

Mod Podged Floral Stool Top

Painted Stool with Mod Podge Fabric Flower


With the addition of paint and a pretty flower, this bar stool is now no longer drab.

Painted Bar Stool with Flowers


Joining my friends for a monthly paint challenge has been so much fun!  March’s theme was metallic paint where I shared a trift store stool made over with white paint and a fun gold stencil.  In April we chose bright paint colors and I made over our garden bench.  I am looking forward to finding out what the theme will be for the June challenge.

Please visit my friends who are also sharing their projects!  While you are here, be sure to enter the $700 cash giveaway.


  1. I love that you used a fabric flower to modge podge on your stool! Looks great!
    So happy to be touring with you, Paula!

  2. Paula, I love seeing your monthly makeovers! You are so creative and I am in love with your stool redo! The flower just pops and I would have never thought to do that. Great job!

    1. Thank you, Alli! I was so pleased with the end result of the makeover and think that this stool will be great in my classroom next year.


    1. I didn’t think I’d ever finish painting it! Once I was into it with a few coats, I felt like I might as well finish even though I had no idea how many it would take to get the job done.


  3. With green being my favorite color…I love it!!! That’s a shame about the paint….what a job! I’ve used Mod Podge on lots of craft projects, but never with fabric! I need to try!!! Love the stool!! ~Christy

    1. Thanks, Christy. I thought I’d never finish painting that stool but I’ll have to say that now that it’s finished, I really like it.


  4. What a great idea to decoupage on a material flower! Love the color too! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday Link party – pinned, shared on twitter and google plus!! ~ Heather

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