Stool Makeover

before stoolWe have a pretty small kitchen which also serves as our dining room. Up to this point we have had a very small built in table that we have eaten at, but it was no longer working for us as we couldn’t fit all six of us around it very comfortably. This past weekend Hubby ripped it out (more on that tomorrow) and we have purchased a new, bigger table. Because the table is bigger and there is not a lot of space, I have been keeping my eye out for some stools that would fit under the table when not in use. We stopped by our local thrift store the other day and on my way out of one of the buildings I saw this poor, sad little stool. He was painted a bizarre wood-like colour and was covered in filthy old brown corduroy. He is super sturdy, and the best part was that he was only $1.50. I snapped him up and with a little bit of a clean up, some fresh paint and new fabric, here he is. after stool I really wanted some kind of a neutral-ish floral print so that it would look nice but still blend in with the table and other chairs, but since I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted and we need the stool now, I covered him in unbleached muslin. I’ll still keep my eye out for a different fabric that will work, but in the meantime, he looks so much cleaner and will be perfect for our needs. I was so excited that I found exactly what I was looking for for such a great price. We are really lucky with our thrift store, it has such great prices, and this is the kind of thing that really gets me going. I really love taking something old and worn out, or just plain ugly and turning it into something that is useful and beautiful. More fun stuff tomorrow, have a great day!

home, thrift store finds • Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 • 10 Comments »
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10 Responses to “Stool Makeover”

  1. Kar says:

    Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!


  2. Amy says:

    $1.50 IS a great price! hopfully you’ll find 5 more of them soon 🙂

  3. Jennifer says:

    Amy, I guess I forgot to mention that I already had some stools, so I’m trying to have enough.

    Kar, thanks for stopping by.

  4. Emily says:

    Looks great! It always amazes me what a fresh coat of paint will do. And I just love the feeling of finding something you need at a garage sale/thrift store for a steal of a price. Can’t wait to see how your kitchen turns out. I’ve been there. We remodeled ours {with the generous help of my builder father-in-law}. It’s tough to be booted out of your kitchen for a while. I boiling water and washing dishes outside in plastic tubs for several days.
    Hope the weather is as nice there as it is here today. I’m sitting outside barefoot right now!

  5. Charlotte says:

    THANK YOU for calling by! It’s lovely to meet you…

    Your stool is so pretty! Although I love selling all the little toys that I do, I do often feel a bit inadequate as so many other bloggers actually create their own things. I am in awe!

    Anyway, it’s lovely to meet you 🙂

    I’m sorry you didn’t win the giveaway (I drew it today) but I have just started another competition if you are interested.

    Anyway, just finishing up my hot chocolate and nearly time for bed.

    Love Charlotte

  6. Jennifer says:

    Emily, it was pretty outside, not quite warm enough for barefeet, but it was nice enough to be outside in a sweatshirt painting for a few more hours.

    Charlotte, thanks for stopping by. Don’t feel inadequate at all, you sell beautiful things and if you ever get the urge to create, go for it. It is such a great feeling to create something that you can use and love.

  7. Petit Filoux says:

    What a brilliant stool makeover! Love it!!! I wish we had some outdoor space so I could paint some old bits of furniture we have, but it’s not so convenient to do it inside a flat!

  8. Anna, Sydney says:

    How industrious you are to get something done that quickly! It takes me forever to finish any projects I start…

  9. Sandie says:

    Love your makeover and that just what you needed popped up when it did!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Petit Filoux, I’m glad the weather held out so that I could paint outside, though we did get zero VOC paint so if we had to paint inside, at least it wouldn’t hurt anybody.

    Anna, it kind of helps when if you don’t finish the project, nobody can sit to eat 🙂

    Sandie, yes, I am thankful that it was just what we needed, when we needed it, and at the right price.

    Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I really appreciate it.

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