Ombre Painted Stool




Introduction: Ombre Painted Stool

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The ombre painting style has two colors meeting with a blended area between them. This can be used for a nice effect on a tall stool to play a little with color and make the tool look like it takes up less space than it really does.

Getting this look is pretty easy to do and mainly requires just a little bit of care in blending.

Step 1: What You Need

The supplies here are:
 - two cans of spray paint. Here I'm using Krylon Dual Ivory and Hunter Green
 - painter's tape
 - tarp
 - sandpaper (not used here, but normally needed)

Step 2: Get a Stool and Mask It Off

This stool is from IKEA and it's the Bosse bar stool. Since it's new the only prep it needed was a quick cleaning with a damp sponge. If you have an older stool you would want to sand it down a bit before painting.

Step 3: Apply White Paint

Start by applying 3-4 light coats of the white paint. You'll want to cover just a little beyond where you intend the colors to merge. Be sure to allow at least 5 minutes between coats to avoid drips.

Step 4: Start With Green

Now, with the can pointing slightly down, apply 3 light coats of the green paint to the chair. Pointing down will help to make sure that you get a fairly clean line between colors. As clean as you can get with a can, that is.

Step 5: Blend in Green

Now that we're getting into the blending area you need to be a little more careful. Use quick applications of the spray paint to get the fade. Always, always push down on the nozzle while you're pointing off to the side, then move across the leg. Stop when you're no longer on the leg. 

When doing this, I'm keeping the can about 8 inches away and the can itself is vertical. If you're feeling nervous about this, grab a cardboard box and practice with that for a minute. You'll soon get a good feel for it.

Step 6: Blending Again

In this picture you can see an example of why you shouldn't start spraying while pointing at the leg. When you start spraying, a few fatter drops of paint will shoot out, making small circles instead of tiny dots.

Fortunately, there's a fix for this and it's especially good for this situation with white paint. Just bring in the first color spray paint again and spray from above. Since the green paint shows through the white you can add a more subtle blending to the fade. So here you can se the transition from more green paint to less green paint on up to slightly lightened green paint.

And if it all goes wrong you can put on a few coats of the first color and start all over again.

When you're happy with it, let the paint completely dry before using it. I like to give it at least 24 hours.

Step 7: Place and Enjoy

Now that the stool is perfectly dry, feel free to use it wherever you want.


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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Love it! I'll have to go with white and blue though.... #Sphero's favorite colors!