Put Tape on Your Furniture

Yes, I promise it'll be cute.

I've been so focussed on the powder room lately. The only thing left to do in there is put in a simple chair rail and replace the sink with something like this. That sink is absolutely perfect.

But there was one last finishing touch to do in the upstairs bathroom. I've been using this unfinished wood stool as a seat while I bathe the kids. It's been begging to be jazzed up and today was the day I got to work on that!

Here's what I used for this project:
Unfinished wood stool (got mine at Joan for about $7 with coupon)
Medium grit sandpaper
Latex paint (the color I used was Farrow and Ball "Pointing")
Clear water-based top coat (I used Minwax Polycrylic)
Foam roller, paint tray and paint brush
Washi tape
 For those of you new to painting unfinished wood, all you do is sand it down, wipe and paint! A coat of primer does wonders, but I did without this time. The stool only needed two coats of paint for an even finish. 
 The reason you need to paint the stool first is because, one, it will protect the wood from moisture and, two, washi tape is pretty see-through. The wood grain would show up underneath the cute colors and pattern on the tapes. 
 I love a foam roller for the seat and a brush for the legs. 
Now for the fun part. Choose your tapes. I pulled out all my tapes with the tones of my bathroom... silver, pinks and greens. 
 I finally decided on this combo below. Just simply stick the tape on in a pattern you like. I used a piece of paper as a spacer in between rows of tape. 
 Then you'll want to seal the tapes with a water-based top coat. I did this with my washi tape coasters and it worked really well. It will keep the tape in place and keep curious kids from peeling it off. 
Again, I used a foam roller for the top coat. 
That's it! Now just put it somewhere and smile. 

Upstairs bathroom is now officially complete! 


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