Tips for Painting a Wooden Bar Stool

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  • 4-6 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 10-100
What You'll Need
Sand Paper
Eye Protection
Disposable Gloves for painting

A wooden bar stool, especially if it's a few years old, can make your room look outdated. Nonetheless, it's easy to give your wooden furniture a new life with some paint. Here are a few tips if you're thinking about painting your wooden bar stools.


Sanding will remove old paint or stain or anything else that's stuck to the stool's surface. Start with a medium grade sand paper first and sand a small patch on the underside of the wooden bar stool so you can make sure you're happy with it before you sand the entire stool.


Primer will help the paint stick on the wooden bar stool by giving you a good surface to work on. Select a primer formulated especially for use on wood and paint it on with a soft brush. Make sure you let the primer dry completely before painting.


People favor two kinds of paint when painting wood, either latex paint, or oil-based paint. Latex paint is easy to clean should you make a mess when painting your wooden bar stool, but it can take a few days to dry fully. Oil-based paint will have a harder finish, but the smell can sometimes be overwhelming and can fill your house with fumes.