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From Shabby to Chic DIY stool makeover

DIY Thrift store stool makeover with decorative painting.  This little gem will make a beautiful little side table or extra seating in your home decor. See how I turn a shabby little stool into a piece of art.

From shabby to Chic DIY Stool Makeover. When I bought this little stool it did not look any better than its counterpart. With some paint and a brush I was able to turn it into a piece of art.

Shabby lil stool gets a new life,
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Sometimes the homeliest things can be given a new life with a bit of elbow grease, sand paper and paint.  This little stool did not get a before photo so I thought to share another that looks just as bad.  It will get its day in the sun after getting worked over, and very soon.

But today it is all about the little stool and its beauty treatment.   What I like about these stools is they make a great makeshift side table, they are small enough to fit in narrow spots but are a lovely size to set your hot cup of coffee (or tea) down beside you.

I started with the legs, I painted them in DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Refreshing.  It looks more mint green in the paint tub but turns out to be a bit more blue when dry.  I still love it.

DecoArt Chalky Finish in Refresing on an old Stool,
Shabby little stool makeover with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint,

Once dry, I sand down the edges to reveal the wood beneath, just a touch here and there.  The seat received a couple coats of DecoArt Chalky Finish in Everlasting.  It is a great contrast to the blue/green.

The top cried out for a floral design with maybe a little friend.   I started with the leaves so they would set to the back.
Little green stool makeover,

next the roses get added but one turns out to be a flop so I wipe it off with a damp cloth.

Little green stool and roses,

I do it over and it looks better, paint one more rose then add our little friend and we are done.

Shabby little stool make over,

I love a simple little transformation that turns an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.  Would you like to learn to paint roses, CLICK HERE.  I have a painting pattern available so you can paint this too, with the step by step instructions for painting the roses and the bird.

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Shirley Williams

Saturday 24th of November 2018

Now I have been inspired to take an old stool out in the shed and transform it. Love your work and especially when you tell that you had to wipe something away to make your painting perfect. I always keep a wet cloth handy when I paint. My mother willlove the bluebird painting. Thanks for your encouragement and inspiration!

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Thursday 12th of March 2015

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Katherines Corner

Tuesday 10th of March 2015

love this soooo much! I am hopping over from something to talk about. I invite you to share at my Thursday hop too ♥ xo


Tuesday 10th of March 2015

I will Katherine, and thank you for the invite.


Thursday 5th of March 2015

Very nice, Love the roses but i love the bird it bring life to the stool. Thank You for sharing. I am planning one day this spring or summer to redo my kitchen table.


Thursday 5th of March 2015

What a great idea. I have been staring at the ugly top of my dining table wondering what I wanted to do with it. Now you have my creative juices flowing.


Thursday 5th of March 2015

How pretty, you did a wonderful job and I like how you show all the steps ")


Thursday 5th of March 2015

Thank you, Dawn. It is hard for me to remember to photograph each step when I get into my painting. I lose myself in it.

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