Last Summer I found this rather worn men’s valet stand at an estate sale. I shoved it in my garage and it’s been buried there ever since. I’m not sure what I saw in it to begin with, here is the before:
What I think I liked is that the lid to the bench opens up and it was filled to the brim with all sorts of items. I found a pocket watch, an old shaving blade, a pocket knife, and many other personal items. I was fascinated. And it was only $8.
I decided to remove the back:
…and turn it into a sweet feminine stool:
Who knew that ugly thing could be something pretty, right?
The best part is I didn’t have to buy a single thing to update it.
The first thing I did was remove the plastic tray from the inside and the lid:
Then I painted it with DIY chalk paint, sanded it a bit and gave it a coat of clear wax.
For the cover on top, I wanted something feminine since this will probably end up in my master closet. I started by cutting a piece of canvas drop cloth a few inches bigger than the stool top. To embellish it, I found a crocheted table runner I purchased a while back at Steinmart, but never liked on my table. It was already about the depth of my stool which was perfect, so I cut it just a bit wider and pinned it to the dropcloth.
Then to embellish further, I remembered I had bought this fancy transfer paper:
I first tried it on this vintage (fancy term for old, but kinda cool) tool caddy last summer:
You can read the full post at the link above to see how it was almost a disaster (and to see what ‘s on the other side of the box :)) Anyway, I put the fancy paper in a drawer and forgot about it…until now.
I decided to try it on fabric with a pretty graphic I found from The Cottage Market. It worked like MAGIC!
I printed the graphic in reverse on the fancy transfer paper as instructed and cut it closely around the perimeter:
Then I placed it face down on my drop cloth and ironed it right on. I went over it well on the cotton setting.
Then I pulled away the paper and allacazam!
Then I cut it to the size I wanted…
…and frayed the edges all around. Then I pinned it over the table runner:
…and sewed it in place; one seam down either side and once around the center panel.
Before covering the lid with my new masterpiece, I cut a piece of drop cloth just a bit smaller than the inside of the lid and attached it with a staple gun. Then I covered the lid just like you would cover a chair cushion, using a staple gun.
To finish it off, I added some drop cloth rosettes.
If you haven’t made rosettes before, they are super easy. Here’s a video link t0 how I made mine:
I am so pleased with how this piece turned out. It was surely heading for the trash. I saved it’s life, you know. You’re welcome little stool. 🙂
We can’t forget about the inside. I Mod Podged pretty coordinating paper onto the bottom…
Brennan had to test it out for himself. He always wants to be right where I am when I’m taking pictures. Isn’t he a big boy for three and a half?
He’s had a lot of fun with the secret hiding compartment. I think it will be great in my closet for little odds and ends that don’t really have a home, like my shoe polish.
Yep, I think it’s a keeper!
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