Hello amazing friends! Today, I’ve got a redo of a redo! I’m turning this padded foot stool that I redid many years ago into the cutest stenciled stool:
I originally redid it and blogged about it back in 2013. I loved how it turned out at the time and decided to keep it, but the fabric has since stretched and yellowed over time and it’s just not as cute as it once was.
I planned to give it a quick redo and put in my booth, but it kept getting pushed further and further to the back of the pile.
I finally decided to add it to this haul to get it done!
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I started by removing the nailheads and the existing padded top.
Removing the old wax
This had been sealed with Annie Sloan’s wax which is oil-based, so I removed it using odorless mineral spirits:
If I had used Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax which is water-based (and has no strong odor like oil-based wax), I could have painted right over the wax.
Then I used Dixie Mud in brown to fill in the tiny holes left by the nail heads:
A new top
I decided to ditch the padded top completely for wood that I still had out from the cute bench I shared last week:
A wood top would make it way more functional than it was with the padded top.
After sanding the Mud smooth, it was time for paint! I chose this very happy Mint Julep for this little stool:
And you can see how smooth this brush applies the paint! The tip to minimizing brush strokes is to use a high quality brush and to go from one edge to the other in nice, even strokes. You can apply it any way you choose, but always make your final pass in smooth, long strokes from edge to edge.
I applied two coats to the whole stool.
Adding a stencil
Then I wanted to add some whimsy to the top, so I pulled out another one of our new stencils:
I tried a different technique to apply the paint to the stencil this time, which worked okay, but it wasn’t nearly as easy as rolling it on like I did in the desk makeover, which you can see HERE.
So, I would suggest sticking with that method. (I didn’t have any rollers and was trying not to have to make a Home Depot run!)
When I stencil, I prefer to use an acrylic craft paint like this white by Delta Ceramcoat since it washes off the stencil more easily than chalk paint.
Sanding is key to smooth out any imperfections!
I lightly dry brushed white on the whole thing rather than sanding the legs, since there was blue underneath that I didn’t want peeking through.
The sponge makes applying sealer super easy on all surfaces, especially those curvy legs!
I actually cut the top edge off of my sponge, as you can see, to square it off so you can get right up under those right angles super easily!
Stenciled Stool Makeover
This little stool is so much cuter now!
Of course it was meant to be a step stool, but it would work great to add height and interest to your holiday buffet too!
I just love this color!
And here you can see the pretty Tea Towel Floral pattern a bit better…
This was a much more simple makeover than Tuesday’s antiqued mirror project that gave me a run for my money!
I hope y’all enjoyed this little makeover today!
One more project done! I’m almost halfway through this haul already!
If you missed any, you can catch up below:
I’ll be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing what I did with this top off of a secretary I redid in my last haul:
Update: No need to come back…see how I was able to make this piece functional again here!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
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