Friday, April 2, 2010

Project Day: Cottage Stool Makeover








I found this stool at the local junk store for $10. When I saw it I immediately imagined what I would do with it. Here's what that was:
  • Remove the top of the stool.
  • An easy undercoat? Grab a can of cheap white spray paint and spray it all over.
  • I then used 3 coats [ wait 1 hour between coats] of white gloss exterior paint [ it is thicker and hardier than normal paint I find].
  • Grab some vintage fabric [I used a vintage bedsheet].
  • Lay the top part of the stool down and cut our a circle shape leaving enough fabric to cover the sides [as well as a little extra for stapling in place].
  • Believe it or not I used an ordinary stapler to secure the edging.
  • Screw the top back on the stool base.
So whats better than one stool my friends ?
Two of course!


Yes that's right, and of course I did not want them to match!
Happy Sweet Easter my Friends.
Stay safe.
Simone xx

74 comments:

  1. Love your choice of fabric Simone! So cheerful.
    -marie

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  2. I loved the 1, but the pair together is so much fun. Is that wallpaper behind them?

    Look great!

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  3. sweet and a perfect little Spring day project!
    blessings~

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  4. MUCH BETTER! White makes everything look fresh

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  5. Gorgeous, I love them, love that they dont match, so very pretty. A great inspiration! xx

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  6. Oh my gosh! There perfect! Great Idea! Thank you for showing me a simple way to recover a seat! ~lulu

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  7. They're so sweet. What a great improvement!
    Happy Easter to you too :)

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  8. wow they look great, I see these type of stools a bit on my hunts but never imagined they could look so good!!

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  9. It looks just lovely, Simone! What is on the wall behind the stools? I love the whole picture! Happy Easter to you also

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  10. They look great! I love the different fabrics you used. (:

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  11. Very cute and how resourceful are you.... a sheet and an office stapler!!! The pair of them look so bright and cheerful:o)
    Angex

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  12. Fabulous Simone! I love the fabric, Happy Easter Elaine :)

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  13. Oh love love, i do wonder how they kept that red velvet in such great condition though, wow!! Pretty choices of fabrics, now you have a pair of great stools. Love Posie

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  14. Si! An ordinary stapler??? I don´t belive!!!
    I loved.... oH! I always love!
    Happy Easter!
    XX
    Lu

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  15. These are just gorgeous + you make it look so simple!
    Do you suggest that you spray + then paint always? I've got a few redo's I want to do these holidays + I was just going to spray them. First timer here!!
    have a great Easter break!

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  16. Hi Simone - Don't ya just love the power of spray paint. Your stools came out in your style perfectly. So bright and cheery.
    I hope you have a Happy Easter. I am happy to say that here in PA it is going to feel like summer 81 degrees.

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  17. Oh that stool is so much prettier in shades of white and florals.

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  18. These are both sooo gorgeous Simone! I love how they don't match:) Hope you have a fabulous Easter weekend ~ Tina xx

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  19. The stool is beautiful, but you have painted the grass too!
    Kisses.
    Mónica

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  20. hmmm..gloss exterior spray paint you say? Maybe that's why it's never worked out for me. My spray paint always dipped and looked runny! Thanks for the tip. And I love your stools, esp. the blue fabric one!

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  21. They look FABULOUS Simone! Well done, I love them!

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  22. Another clever project Simone
    Happy Easter to you and your family xxx Julie

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  23. So lovely....I agree matching stools would be no fun at all. xoxox

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  24. So cute stools. I would have never imagined they would look that great.

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  25. They look great. I think a touch of white makes everything look better and the fabric looks so pretty.

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  26. How cute! I especially like the aqua one. The color just pops! I like that you used two different fabrics, too.

    Happy Easter to you, too!

    Hugs,
    Tamerie

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  27. GASP

    love this idea x 2!

    xo
    elyse

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  28. I would have imagined those stools nearly the same way! And of course, two is always better than one! Great job!
    Blessings!

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  29. so cute! i still love that wallpaper sampled wall.

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  30. So sweet, SImone! I love the fabrics you chose as well.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Easter!
    Hugs,
    Li :-)

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  31. Love your "new stools."
    Have great day.

    Melinda

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  32. This is so nice...very dainty! thanks for the idea...

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  33. Love the colours in the fabric you chose for the second stool. I'll have to watch out for a stool I can do too!

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  34. Beautiful x 2 = Gorgeous! Hope you're having a lovely Easter. Leigh

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  35. HOLA SIMONE, ME LLAMO LOLA Y HE DESCUBIERTO TU BLOG, LOS TABURETES TE QUEDARON ESTUPENDOS , ME GUSTAN MUCHO, SEGUIRÉ TUS PROYECTOS!!!
    BESOS.

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  36. I love the blue fabric on the second one! Great and easy makeover!

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  37. the pink one would look so lovely in my soon to be all white house :)

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  38. ah, how fresh - don't you just love this type of thing!

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  39. Oh my♥ they turned out beautifully!!! I love taking something not so pretty & sprucing it up, you did a GREAT job :)

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  40. Lovely stools, and your wall behind.
    Happy Easter.

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  41. Great job on a sweet makeover. Amazing what a little paint and creativity can do. You have a wonderful Easter weekend.

    God bless and have a fabulous Friday!!!

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  42. Lovely!
    I don't like things matching in my home either!
    x

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  43. Beautiful project, Simone! Have a wonderful Easter holiday! xxoo :)

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  44. Simone darling, I have two stools that are in need of a make-over, and since you are such an expert at it, I will be right over!! Darling popped in to wish you and your family a joyous and blessed Easter.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  45. Hey Simone...Well you know how I feel about stools..so I love them...have fun in NZ you lucky girl,oh I am still so jealous...haha Katherine xx

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  46. those are so cute. I'm painting all Easter weekend, can't wait to see my house brighter and lighter.

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  47. me encanto!!!!!!! beautifull beautifullllllll!!!!!happy eastern!!!!!!!!and lots of kisses simonne!!!!

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  48. theyre so freekin cute.
    i want to do this.
    you have seriously the best DIYs ever.
    i am totally inlove with these stooollls.
    so adorable.

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  49. Great job!!!! Happy Easter :-)

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  50. Hi, cute stools :) I was wondering if you sanded the chairs prior to spraying, or is the spray paint you used one that sticks to smooth surfaces?

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  51. you did a great job! love the fabrics you chose...
    happy easter!!

    xoxo

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  52. I really love this! They are so YOU. I found a stool in a skip last summer and recovered it. it's so satisfying to transform something so easily isn't it?!
    Here is my one:

    http://arowantree.blogspot.com/2009/08/skip-stool-before-and-after_3532.html

    xx

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  53. great idea using the spray paint as undercoat. Do you find it "holds" the top coats ok if you dont give a good sand first? Love the looks of the stools, just lovely!
    alicia

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  54. Just love the stools. Have been on a lookout for my own that I can do up. Being patient and keeping a watchful eye on my local Oppies. Love your blog so much have nominated you for a sunshine award (which I'm sure you've received before - how could you not!). Have posted a link to your blog on my latest post. Feel free to visit if you'd like to pass it on. Thanks again for the inspiration.

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  55. So, so talented :) You must be flying to NZ soon if not already there? I hope you had a wonderful Easter :)

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  56. Love it specially the fabrics you chose.

    Hope you had a joyous Easter Simone :)

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  57. They're adorable! And aren't they in front of that wallpapered door you did awhile back?
    Brenda

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  58. simone, those are just too lovable! fantastic work dear!

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  59. That is soooo cute! I love the redo!!! Great job and that is the kind of stuff that I need to do!!!

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  60. They look fabulous Simone!! Great!

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  61. So cute. I can't believe you were able to use a regular stapler! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  62. Very cute... well done!! :)
    I just found your blog.. but I like it!

    Margriet

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  63. Adorei a idéia! Lindo! beijos. Cláudia Vargas

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  64. Love the idea of reviving old stools with personality with new fabric! I have lots of fabric I can't quite allow myself to get rid of. This is a great idea to use it for. I have a blog about stuff I can't live without - maybe you can give me some tips on how to recycle it: http://personal-affects.blogspot.com/

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  65. It is nice to rediscover the old pieces of furniture in a new way.This also diverts your attention towards home to make it bright and beautiful.

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  66. what a fantastic idea, they look totally cute and so easy. i'll get right onto that i think, thanks for sharing x

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  67. Is there any padding on the stools. I had four when my daughters lived at home. But, now I got two with backs on them that are larger so I am not using the smaller ones at the breakfast bar. I want to take at least two to my craft room upstairs and would love to pad them. I LOVE yours!
    Thank you.
    Debra Ruffing

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