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Stool Makeover

I found a surprise at the farm this weekend - clumps and clumps of these beauties!

I can't tell you how happy they made me! They remind me of my mom - she had them in her yard- ( I'd lost all of mine here at my city home ) and I had no idea these were at the farm. So I did a Happy Dance...good thing only Lucy was there to see me and being a dog, she thought I was playing with her. :o)

Of course, I had several of my projects I took to place/finish up. There's the small toolbox and the fireplace sign - both done and in place. (But that's another post or two).

Then there's the two little stools I got for $3. Yep, you saw it right. $3. I was only going to get one but the man at the thrift store said I could have both for the price of one. Sweet! I only had an idea for one of them but figured I'd come up with something for the second one eventually. You know how that goes! :o)

So of course, they both came home with me! The first one immediately got the old vinyl cover removed and replaced with a remanent of a burlap coffee sack. Then its legs were painted barn red.

Now it sits next to the tub holding a small tin bucket filled with washcloths. And I must say, I love it! Just the perfect, extra touch for the bathroom.

But the 2nd one has languished, uncovered and unpainted, waiting to be used. hmm, what to do with it? Poor little stool. Feeling unloved, unwanted, and oh so ugly! Then it dawned on me - why not use it  to elevate things? Of course! (Smacks forehead)
Yucky particle board top
For that though, it needed a new top. Old fence pickets to the rescue! (so many uses for those!) They're rustic enough to fit my vision; so 3 lined up, the old top traced onto them, cut out, and I have a cool looking stool! Mr. B shook his head and wanted to know what I was doing....just wait, you'll see, Dearest. :)

I made up some homemade chalkpaint, painted the legs white, glued the new top on, then added the burlap skirt. Sanded. Brushed paint onto the top. Added ball fringe. Distressed. And voila! Cute stool.

Now it sits in a place of honor. Loved, wanted, and cute. Makes me one step closer to getting the fireplace all spiffed up and looking less....bricky. :)

Holding a lantern on the fireplace.
I also placed my wood sign above the mantel. It turned out great - can't wait to show it off, so be sure to come back next week to see it.

Enjoying the Fall weather,

Joining these parties: Debbiedoos Newbie party
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  1. The stools are so cute. The burlap one in the bathroom is perfect with the little towel bucket, and the fence top is super clever!

  2. Very cute! It's hard to beat burlap, and I love red!

  3. Thanks Karen! What is it about burlap? I'm loving it...never considered it before now and wonder why? And I have to admit red is one of my favorite colors - so cheerful!

  4. Oh, aren't those cute! I don't know which one I like best and what a great deal to get both for $3!!

    1. Thank you, Beth! I know, I was so excited when he walked up to me and asked if I wanted both for the price of one. Of course, who'd say no? :) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. That nasty particle board is a distant memory now! What a sweet idea to use those rustic boards. Your fireplace is going to be amazing....I just know it!!


    1. Oh thanks Lynn! I'm pretty excited how it's coming along. I'll reveal the sign I made next week!

  6. What great makeovers these little stools got! I love burlap! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

    1. Thank you Melissa! And thanks for stopping by!

  7. How cute love the one in the bathroom and the one with the burlap skirt is adorable!

  8. Oh I love that fence board cover! What a great idea. I love the faded burlap on the red one too. I wish I had room for a stool in my tiny bathroom.

    1. Thank you Karen. They were a great little find and I'm glad I found a use for both of them!


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