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When browsing photos on the group TRUCS/DÉCOS en tout Genre, I really liked the transformation of the stools that she did, so I contacted her and asked if she could write a blog.

Isabelle Ploudre is very passionate about recovery and especially for wood.

Having an island in her newly acquired house that didn’t have any benches, she chose to give some dining room bistro stools a makeover.

It was while browsing the internet that she was inspired to do this upgrade.

Step 1-Preparation:

  • Remove the seats
  • Clean your benches with TSP
  • Rinse well with warm water to make sure that all the residue has been removed
  • Using an 80 grit sandpaper lightly sand all surfaces
    wipe again with a cloth and warm water to remove any dust
    lightly sand with a 200 grit sandpaper then wipe off any dust with your cloth
  • It is now time to paint

Step 2-Painting

  • Using a #6 oval brush, apply your first coat of Tractor Dust.
  • Once this coat has had time to dry, apply a second coat.
  • When your second coat has had time to dry, apply the colour Volcano, lightly over all of your surfaces.

Step 3-The Protection

  • Mix one part Night, to two parts Clear Window Glaze.
  • Using your #6 oval paintbrush, apply the glaze and let your imagination flow until you get your desired results.
  • Rest assured, it is possible to make corrections as the project advances.
  • If you find the effect too pronounced you can reduce it by wiping it with a damp cloth.
  • It is also possible to add glaze to accentuate the effect.
  • It is important to apply the glaze on all of the surfaces to obtain maximum protection.

Step 4-The drying time

Isabelle waited two weeks before using the stools to make sure that the paint had time to harden and could resist friction.


With this new colour and a new choice of fabric, Isabelle has given new life to her kitchen island chairs.
For a few dollars, here are three magnificent very comfortable kitchen stools for this new island.

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