See how much they stand out from the caramel colored granite?
Returning the stools would have been tricky and expensive because we didn't have any local World Market locations at the time (We do now!! Yippee!!), so I decided to attempt to stain them. I should be up front and state that I would not normally spend $500 on brand new stools and then alter them. I would have kept searching/saving for a better alternative. In this case, I went for it because of the return expense and because the only thing I didn't like about the stools was the color. I could potentially fix the color of the stools. I also could potentially ruin them, and I knew that going in, but there was a review on the World Market website indicating a woman had stained her stools with great success. This review gave me a good deal of confidence and hope:).
It still took me two months to decide on a color using a spare banana leaf basket as a stain tester. I also needed to wait until we had weather that was consistently below 90 degrees. And then I needed a smidge more time to build a little more confidence to take the staining plunge. Here are some progress images:
Minwax Special Walnut, although it was pretty concentrated at the bottom of the container:). I used a cheapo brush to apply it. It took 2 good coats per stool.
The change was pretty dramatic:
After staining the stools, I let them sit for a few days while I pondered how to seal them best. I ended up using this:
Minwax Polyacrylic Spray in a satin finish.
I applied 3 thin and even coats to the banana leaf surfaces of the stools.
And here is how our kitchen is looking now:
The caramel colored stools blend so much better with our granite. I am giddy over them!! I still plan to tackle the whole play-doh on woven stools issue by sewing some slipcovers with laminated fabric. That may happen in a colder month when we're stuck inside on a more regular basis, and thus playing with play doh on a more regular basis. (I'm saving my sewing projects for the winter and tackling the paint/stain projects outside now while we still can:)!!)
What do you think about the stools? Would you stain brand new stools:)?
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