Current obsession: our DIY kitchen stools

I’m starting to figure out that for each season of parenthood, there is a piece of furniture you will toss and later regret.

When our son was a baby, we scrapped our glass (potentially deadly) coffee table. When he turned one, we realized we had to donate our kitchen stools because they were helping him climb onto the stove (whoops). Then, suddenly, our kids were older and we were thinking, darn, wish we’d held onto those stools.

Of course, that just gave us a great excuse to make even better ones. The original stools were short, round, backless and completely dull. It took me all of three minutes online to snag free printable plans for extra-tall farmhouse-style barstools from Ana White (author of The Handbuilt Home).

Ana’s plans are DIY gold. My handy husband, Michael, spent one afternoon measuring and cutting out the pieces, and two other sessions assembling everything. He built the back first — from the top of the backrest all the way down to the legs — then the legs, and finally the seat. He used our orbital sander on all the three sections before assembling everything so it was easier to get into the nooks and crannies.

I chimed in about the height of the seats, but other than that I was just biding my time until I could paint them. I was dying to try milk paint for a vintage look, so I headed to Onslow Historic Lumber in Truro to buy a package of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.

There were so many gorgeous colours and everything seemed like a real possibility for our kitchen, but I eventually picked “Mustard Seed Yellow” to pop against our white beadboard peninsula. The paint is designed to work especially well over raw wood, which meant NO PRIMING! Haul-eh-BOO-ya, as my five-year-old says …

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