Elizabeth from The Lavender Homefront painted these stools with Liquorice, distressed them to shabby chic perfection, then sealed her work with Natural Furniture Wax. Keep reading to learn more!

As my first commissioned project, I was asked to paint these two beautiful stools in Country Chic Paint’s color, Liquorice. The client chose Liquorice because of the bold, yet understated, color. I too have fallen in love with Liquorice and plan to paint a few pieces to add to my living room. This being my first paid project, and also being a fairly new furniture painter, I didn’t charge much. Nonetheless, it was a pretty big deal for me to be able to charge for a repurposed piece of furniture!

Black painted and distressed wood stools - DIY furniture paint makeover with eco-friendly clay paint from Country Chic Paint

Like all my projects before, I washed the stools with mild soap and water. The lacquer (or finish) on these stools were a very high sheen and also oil based. I therefore decided to lightly sand the entire project in order to make sure the paint stuck to the pieces. 

Once the stools had been prepped, I did one light coat of paint with Country Chic Paint’s Oval Brush. The dark finish on the stools really allowed the paint to cover well. It took a total of two coats to get the majority of the stools painted. I then had to do a little spot treatment as the stools had some bleed through in the “hard to see” areas. 

Black painted and distressed wood stools - DIY furniture paint makeover with eco-friendly clay paint from Country Chic Paint

Distressing these pieces was fun. I chose to distress only corners and edges. Because the solid black looked so good, I didn’t want to take too much paint off. Slight distressing gave the stools a little bit of interest without taking away from the beautiful paint job. Country Chic Paint is so easy to distress that this has become my favorite part of the process. Once distressing was complete, I wiped off the dust with a slightly damp, lint-free cloth. 

Black painted and distressed wood stools - DIY furniture paint makeover with eco-friendly clay paint from Country Chic Paint

The last step was the wax. I used Country Chic Paint’s Natural Wax to seal the paint and give the stools a nice satin sheen. I love Natural Wax, not only because it’s easy to use, but also because it really brings out the color in the wood when choosing to distress. Once the natural wax dries, it also gives the furniture a soft and smooth finish to the touch. This step really brings out the beauty in the furniture. 

Black painted and distressed wood stools - DIY furniture paint makeover with eco-friendly clay paint from Country Chic Paint

Completed, these stools are such a cute little addition to any farmhouse chic home. My client has chosen to use them as decor pieces only. My hope is that she will be able to enjoy them for years to come, and that they bring her joy in whatever place she chooses to display them.

Black painted and distressed wood stools - DIY furniture paint makeover with eco-friendly clay paint from Country Chic Paint

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Elizabeth {The Lavender Homefront}

Hi I’m Elizabeth, wife and full time mom of 4 littles. My hobbies include thrifting, upcycling furniture, restoring foreclosed homes, gardening and cooking from scratch! I strive to live sustainably in the heart of the suburbs.

My family and I live in Colorado Springs, CO where the weather is bi-polar and I have tons of indoor time to transform secondhand furniture into beautiful pieces. I absolutely love taking the tired, torn and trashed, and, with the stroke of a brush, giving each piece a second chance!

Make sure to follow Elizabeth on her blog, The Lavender Homefront. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!


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