September 3, 2009

1,2,3...In Love With Numbers

I am in love with numbers!  Did I really say that, being that I never loved math?  It is true...I do love them.

I have been thinking of adding some whimsical numbers to my barstools for months.  One of my projects that has been swimming around in my head...finally happy that I have done it, because I am loving these very Whimsy barstools now! 

I don't have a before picture
of the barstools as unpainted.  I bought these back in Ohio for a great deal.  I painted them turquoise to add a fun pop of color.  I had been thinking for a while that I wanted to add another detail and I knew numbers were the way to go. 

 So happy with how they turned out.  Here is a little tutorial on how it was done.  It only took me about 2 hours to do all three!  Why did I wait so long?

Started off painting them turquoise.

Printed the font I wanted from Word. 
 I used Modern No. 20 sized at 400.  
Cut it down and then had to
 find my center on the stool.
Measured the width and then the
length and made an x.

Using carbon paper, I cut that down to the same size and then taped it on my center marking
Outlined the number with pencil
and the carbon left a transfer.
Now the fun begins!
I used a fine tip black paint pen to outline it. 
You have to be careful not to press to
much paint out or you will have a blob!

Once outlined, I fill in with a thicker brush with black acrylic paint. I used a thin brush
 to add back in detail or outline. 
Done and Whimsy!  I love how much fun they add to my kitchen!  I still need to distress the edges on the stools and spray with a matte acrylic paint.  Wasn't that hard...and as I said, "I am in love with numbers".

I am joining in on the fun and linking this post with  Kimba@SoftPlacetoLand ,Gina@TheShabbyChicCottage,
 and Julia@HookedonHouses.  Make sure to visit each one and see all the great things everyone has been working on!
Before I go, I wanted to tell you about a great deal I came across today!

I had to go to Lowes and buy a lampshade I was needing.  On my way to the lighting I happen to be walking by the wall paper and blind area.  I saw some wall paper on sale at an unbelievable price!  It is the kind you can paint and there was a variety of styles.  I have been wanting to buy some that looks like tiles for a while now.  I found 2 different style of tiles and ended up buying them both.  They were only $3.50-$3.62 a roll, marked down from $14.00!!  I figured it was worth getting both for the price and I am sure I will find many projects to use them for.

Wanted to let you all know encase you were wanting some wall paper!  Go soon or it might all be gone!  They were just starting to mark it down today.  I use mine for framing pictures, covers on books, gift wrap, a door I am making faux tiles on, you can do a tile ceiling...oh and of course wall paper. lol. Would love to know if you get some for your self. Here are the one's I bought...

I am leaving for Colorado Springs tomorrow to check out some houses.  One in particular is standing out to us right now and we might even do a lease to buy.  Excited if that happens...I could really make it my own!  That means so many more projects to share with you all!! I will be creating my Whimsy French Cottage style....can't wait.  Will update next week on what we are doing.
Thank you friends!


  1. I love the barstools! They look fantastic!

  2. Oh my! What a clever idea!
    Good luck with the house hunt!

  3. I love the turqoise and the numbers. What a fun touch!

  4. Love th stools!! So cute!! Good luck with all the house hunting! Can't wait to see all the new creations you will do in YOUR house! Love and miss you my friend!

  5. Oooh, I'll run over to Lowe's and see if I can't spot some of that wallpaper!thanks!
    And I am looking forward to seeing your French Whimsical Style!! Hope the house works out.


  6. I love the color of the barstools! Looks great

  7. SO in love with your bar stools! ;) Love the colors...and I don't have to tell you that I also love the numbers! :) Have a great weekend!


  8. Darling chairs! love the color and the numbers. Very cute idea! ;)

  9. Numbers are SO fun indeed!!! :)
    *happy sigh*

    Love~ Miss Jen

  10. This is the kind of math we go for!!!...even the measuring is too precise for us, we'd probably eye ball it!!! They look wonderful...we love the color!!

  11. Hi Victoria,
    I LOVE your stools. You did a great job on them!!!

    If you get a chance, stop by my Blog for a visit and say hi! I put up a new post today...
    Have a great weekend,

  12. Fantastic wallpaper. I hope the house works out for you. Good Luck!!

  13. Victoria I agree they are just so cute and special. Love the blue chairs!

    Blessings to you and yours this Labor Day.
    ~Melissa :)

  14. The stools are wonderful! Thank you for the tutorial!! We've been looking for bar stools at our house for a couple months now. Love yours!

    I've already planned to go to Lowes today, now I've added more to my list.

  15. I LOVE the turquoise, but I love the addition of the numbers even more! I seem to have a thing for numbers lately myself!

    :) T

  16. oh....i love those stools!
    great job victoria....
    have a wonderful night

    and i hope you found the house of your dreams~



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