Furniture Refresh- {Using Stain}

Hey friends!!What a crazy couple of weeks here, it was very refreshing to work on something just for fun. 
Welcome to this month’s Furniture Refresh! 
The these this month is stain. 
I love to use stain on my projects for a variety of styles and today, I’m sharing one of them on these stools. 
I bought these stools on Craigslist.
To be honest, they were in perfect condition. Well stained, and sturdy as can be. I was really disappointed when they turned out way too tall for our counter. I have a couple ideas to make them work, but in the end, I think I’m going to end up selling them.
To make them special, I sanded off the finish on the top.
 Then I stained them using Kona. It is the darkest stain I’ve used. I picked it for this project because the tone is almost black.

I like how the grain of the wood shows through. It’s just the right rustic touch I was going for. 
I pulled some number stencils from my stash. They are numbers I actually got in a package from Wal-Mart. 
Honestly, I just used an off-white color I already had on hand. Then I just put a plate over the top and painted around it. I just eye-ball it to center. I’ve done this before and am always impressed with how it turns out. It actually surprises me. haha!
I love the way they turned out. 
We’ve been enjoying some beautiful weather here. I’ve finally found a couple hours to get the gardens cleaned up and plant some flowers. 
I never can resist flowers and these were extra special because I found them on a great sale!
(Why is it when I look for deals like that, I don’t find them? Yet when I’m just dropping by the store to pick up a couple of items, there they are? All on sale for just the day with a price I can’t refuse?)
Well, I’m going to be finishing planting these flowers, in the meantime, why don’t you drop by and see my friend’s projects?!
We have some new friends too, so you are in for a treat!

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