Monday, April 1, 2013

Grungy White & Burlap

Last week I shared a makeover that I absolutely loved using black paint and burlap (here).  The store that I sell most of my furniture at is country/primitive and the most popular color, by far, is black.


However, there are a couple of additional colors options that I can choose from. Deep country red and mustard yellow are possible choices, as is grungy white. Surprisingly, shades of blue and green do not sell.
I used what I had on hand to refinish two stools in my interpretation of an old, grungy white.

After sanding I painted each piece in Glidden's Dove White.  (I had previously painted the larger stool in leftover emerald green paint not realizing that it was not an option, leaving some small areas of green when distressed).  After the paint dried I distressed it and wiped on some dark walnut stain.  It was a really simple and quick project.  For the smaller stool, I just sanded the top and left it as is.  For the larger stool, I covered the dated 1970s fabric in burlap. I love using burlap in reupholstering! 

Here's the larger stool before. (I guess I must not have photographed the smaller one. It's all good though since that transformation wasn't nearly as dramatic.)
Do you love my large brass, fly ash tray? Every home needs a huge brass insect. Seriously.


I love how simple this little stool is. Perfect for a plant or a small stack of books.

I can't believe I actually have been able to photograph outside again. We've been having a few really nice weather days lately. I was beginning to wonder if spring would ever arrive!

I hope you all had a great Easter! Ours was really laid back and for the first time ever I made brunch instead of a big meal. It was way less stress on me and everyone absolutely loved it.



These pieces are also for sale at Village Primitives on Main Street in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Linking to: 
DIY Show Off Mod Vintage Life My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia52 MantelsBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucket A Delightsome Life vif187 Boogieboard Cottage”Fall

Green Willow PondWorking With What You Have link up at


  1. Very pretty! I have an old piano bench that I'm itching to do a grungy white/burlap combo on...thanks for the inspiration!

  2. You did such a great job on that piece, love the way it looks with the will get a lot of use out of that..

  3. The scalloped skirt and the legs on that piece are great. Love the distressed painting. The little stool is precious.

  4. I just love white and burlap together and this little number is would look great anywhere you put it! Found you at Coastal Charm

  5. Great makeover, I like the stool very much.


  6. I like your two pieces but I'm sorry the aqua color doesn't sell well for you (it's very pretty) but a creamy white and burlap is classic...hard to wrong there :)

    Craft On & dance like no one else is watching :)

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    Suz @MaytagNMom
    NW Illinois
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  7. Very pretty!
    Beautiful space you got here.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  8. Love burlap and the grungy white! Visiting from Wow us Wednesday!

  9. I love stools and you did such a good job with these! I would love for you to link this up to our new linky party, Give Me The Goods Monday! I am hosting with 4 other bloggers, 1 party but your links will show up on all 5 blogs!
    Jamie @

  10. Lovely! You did a great job, and it is nice that you can sell things through a shop, that makes it so fun.
    I had a shop like that for a while, they they closed....

  11. love that footstool with the white and burlap.

  12. Beautiful pieces! I love the burlap and distressed look!

  13. I love the remake of the stool. very nice. I'd love to have you share this at What to do Weekends because I think this is a perfect weekend project. Best wishes, Linda

  14. Following on Facebook also and Pinterest. Linda

  15. I love how your stool with the burlap turned out. I too love using burlap. You did a great job on both pieces and will find many uses for them.
    Found you at the DIY Party.
    I am your newest follower.
    Have a great week,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  16. In can understand the black, the grungy white and the red selling, fascinated that blue and green don't. Love those colors - this transformation looks terrific! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,


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