5.15.2010

My Icky Brown Stool

Scary isn't it? This is the icky brown stool #3 son dragged out of the trash for me. I had spied it, oh let's just say awhile ago, while driving to the store. I called #3 son lickety split and asked him to grab it and he so kindly did. Kids are handy sometimes.


Ok, so it  might have been sitting outside for some time. But still I thought I might be able to fix it.


 So I glued and I taped and I weighted the bottom down with cans.




Then....some time later.... I tackled the seat. It had layers of some pretty icky stuff so I tossed it all and started a new. Funny, I thought I had taken pictures of fresh foam and batting but nope, not in my camera. So, close your eyes and imagine.


Ok, you can open them now. This is the fabric I had wanted to use. I had found these fabric samples at Joann's and darn if they were not just a tad to small. I sat for awhile and tried to think of a way to combine some fabrics so I could use them. But my head was hurting and it wasn't worth it. I went into my fabric stash for a larger piece of something....



And this ladies, is what happens when one is fabric obsessed and not organized. I buy similar fabrics. I had just recently bought the fabric on the left to recover my wicker cushions. Yes, yes, I have not gotten to that yet. Now, the fabric on the right. Bought that a few years ago and completely forgot about it. I don't think it was outdoor fabric but at the time my wicker was under a screened in porch. I have plenty of that to use. It will have to do because my icky brown stool needs to be finished.


Here is how I did the corners. Sometime I do them a little different depending on the seat but this worked for this seat. I got the staples pretty close and then pulled the corner down nice and tight.


Like so. I just used a regular staple gun. A power one would be nice but I don't have one. I don't even have the ergonomic staple gun. I have the one that makes your hand cramp if you use it too long.


 So after spraying several coats of paint and then some sanding in spots I rubbed a little wax on it to help with the aging. Not that it really needed help. I wanted to paint it and not distress it but there were too many battle wounds from years of abuse that yelled out to me to just go ahead and distress it a little more. So I did. I also lined the inside with some fabric since the lid is removable and I can put magazines inside. 



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41 comments:

  1. We must be on the same wave length,'cause I was just checking out your cute stool a second ago, when I saw you left a comment for me! Too funny! Your stool is just adorable! When I saw the before, I thought how great it would look painted white! And how perfect is it that it doubles as storage. I have been know to dumpster dive myself! Great job.

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  2. She is a CUTIE PATOOTIE now!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  3. that is just gorgeous, well done!

    cheers, Karen in NZ

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  4. You did a great job on the stool. The old stool didn't even look like you could save it but you did. It looks great and I love that you can store your magazines in it.

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  5. Anita..
    I love the stool!!
    and the fabric used to cover it!!
    gorgeous!
    job well done!!
    hugs and smiles..
    Loui♥

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  6. I love that the seat is removable! What a great place to store your magazines!

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  7. So much better! You did good. I am following you too!

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  8. Wonderful! It looks so fresh with the white paint and I love the fabric you chose for the seat cover. Great job!

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  9. Terrific transformation and I really like the fabric you picked. Great with the white. Jane F

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  10. I love the fabric, love the lines of the stool and together they are perfect!

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  11. I am SO going to do this... I have a bench in storage that reminds me so much of yours. I've been inspired! I'm excited!

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  12. Yay for freebies and fabric stashes! Looks great! I bought a little wreck of an antique sewing stool at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago with the serious need to completely redo it as well! I love that yours works for storage too! hmmmm...wonder If i can make mine into something like that too! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I totally would have driven right by that. Good think you didn't think that way! It looks awesome.

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  14. Whow! your 'icky brown stool' sure turned out really nice!
    Thanks so much for your visit today... I'll be back to read more!
    Sandy
    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

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  15. I'm in love with your chair... It looks great..

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. That's wild, I have the exact same stool. I pulled all that nasty stuff off of the seat and have yet to cover it still! You have given me the confidence to finish my stool! Thank you!

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  17. Your old stool is a stool that went with an old Singer sewing machine cabinet. They were made in several styles to match the cabinets and also several wood types. The top came off to store
    machine attachments.

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  18. Thanks for the information on the stool! I didn't know it went to a sewing cabinet. Looks like there are several out there waiting for a face lift. I would love to see them when you all redo them!

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  19. Oh wow! I adore it. What a wonderful metamorphosis.

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  20. You did and awesome job on that stool. Love the colors you chose.

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  21. amazing transformation! great job.

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  22. WOW! That turned out so great! I love the fabric and distressed look. LOVE IT. And, I also love your pots down there! The layering trick is awesome, I may have to copy you for my back porch. Great job!

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  23. Fabulous! What an amazing job you did on that icky brown stool! It's so beachy and soo cute , I want one! When I first read the title I thought, oh no, this is going to be a gross post! hehe. Just took it wrong.
    Have a great week,
    Cindy

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  24. oh I just love posts about giving new life to old forgotten items....
    it really looked aweful to begin with, but you can always see good bones hiding within a piece....

    well done...nice fabric....it's so fresh and new!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

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  25. It's not icky or brown anymore!
    It's delightful!
    Next time I go to IKEA in Altlanta, you need to ahem, come visit your boys :)
    Blessings to you as you make your home!

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  26. Love the makeover. Just discovered your blog and love it. Hope you get the chance to visit My Dream Canvas.

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  27. It's so pretty! You did an amazing job! :)

    Roeshel

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  28. I love it! The fabric choice is wonderful! The white really makes it. I think it is so clever to use it as storage too.

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  29. I am seriously jealous of your bench with hidden storage! AND jealous that you have a son old enough to pick stuff up for you. Hopefully my two boys will be as good to their mom when they are older.

    So, here is my bench (without hidden storage) ;-(.

    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2010/07/upholstering-little-bench-sweet-spot-to.html

    Brittany

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  30. This stool is beautiful. I love it the fabric print for the top. Very nice. Thanks for sharing. karie @ karieschiccreations

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  31. Beautiful stool, great difference beetween before and after!!!

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  32. Wow, you would never know what it looked like before. I love the fabric you chose it looks so crisp and clean!

    Beautiful job!

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  33. oh my goodness, Anita! this is crazy good! I can't believe where this stool started.

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  34. Love. LOVE. The fabric, the bench. So cute.

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  35. That is SO not the same stool! ;) It looks amazing in white. Good job! Visiting from The CSI Project today. :)

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  36. Really impressive job!! I love the way it turned out!!

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  37. so cute! you did a great job. The fabric covering is much neater than I do mine! I'm jealous!
    gail

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  38. The best part of "roadkill rescue" is knowing just how far a piece of furniture has come. Little stool, you've come a long way baby!

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  39. Ahh great! I have a stool that is very similar to yours and I've been debating on how to do the top. I love how you left in unattached and used it as a ottoman of sorts. Colors are bright and lovely too!

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  40. I love the new look of the stool, especially the stressed look. My mother has my grandmother's sewing machine stool that looks just like your find, but it is in excellent shape with the seat covered in what appears to be leather.

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