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Stool Refinish using Chalky Finish

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

Stool Refinish using Chalky Finish
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Stool Refinish using Chalky Finish

designed by Regina Davis

Take a seat on an updated stool using Americana Chalky Finish that you will fall in love with

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Learn more about Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™.


Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Treasure (ADC19)

Americana Decor® Varnishes

  • Soft-Touch Varnish (ADM03)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • paper towels
  • sandpaper
  • scissors
  • 2" flat brush
  • staple gun
  • black permanent marker
  • needle and thread
  • coordinating iron-on bias tape
  • trim
  • staples
  • sewing machine
  • fabric (shown: 3/4 of a yard)
  • foam (for cushion)
  • cording


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Remove the old fabric and cushion. Be careful not to damage the wood potion of the stool top. Remove all tacks or staples used to hold previous cushion in place.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Remove foam from package and invert stool on the top of it. Use marker to trace the seat that you will need for the cushion. Trace and cut out.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Take the cushion that was just cut out and lay it on top of fabric. Trace but leave room for seam allowance. Make the circle a half inch bigger all the way around to allow room for the seam. Cut out.
  4. Cut a 2-1/2" wide strip that is long enough to go around the circumference of the edge of the cushion.
  5. For the bias tape, buy a coordinating color or make one out of leftover fabric. To do this, but out 1-3/4" wide strips of fabric on the bias (45 degree angle) as shown. Cut out enough to cover enough cording to go around the circumference of the cushion at least twice.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Sew bias tape so that it is one continuous length as shown below. There should be a continuous length of bias tape covering.
    Step 5 Example
  7. With zipper (or piping) foot attachment on sewing machine, sew as pictured with the wrong sides together sandwiching the trim between to make the bias piping.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Attach the 2-1/2" wide strip to the circle with the bias in between.
  9. This is what the cushion will look like after sewing.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Attach the bias piping around the bottom edge as well. Squish the foam inside of the cushion.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Paint the stool using a 2" brush in Treasure. Optional: paint underneath the seat and/or distress stool with sandpaper.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Lightly sand entire surface. Using 2" flat brush, apply Soft-Touch Varnish.
  13. Use a staple gun to attach the cushion. Apply pressure on the stool so that the bottom portion of the bias piping comes up and over the bottom part of the stool. Staple the entire circumference.
    Step 12 Example