Wow, school is back in, traffic is crazy again and fall is fast approaching. Although the days are still quite warm, you can feel the coolness in the air in the mornings and evenings now. I love this time of year – it is probably my favourite – warm sweaters, boots, scarves and don’t forget about crunchy leaves. Ahhh! Sorry, I got swept away there for a moment. If only I could find it in me to get decorating for the season. I am behind on that and attribute it to the hot weather we are still having. Am I the only one feeling like this? But don’t worry, soon I will have a little fall feature for you. A small hint now… it has to do with pumpkins… many different pumpkins.
Anyway, I have a quick little wood stool refresh to show you today. This one came out of boredom one night. 😛 I had nothing better to do and didn’t feel like working on some of my larger projects so I was glancing around the kitchen when my eyes fell onto this stool.
Not a horrible stool, but no longer to my liking (and I was bored :P). I think it was around 8pm when I decided to haul it out to the garage and pull it apart. Not totally sure what direction I was going with it, yet I knew that I needed to sand off the paint. So I whipped out my sander, mask and safety glasses and began working.
Is it just me or do other people’s neighbours think they are crazy!? Mine are always walking by to see what this ‘crazy lady’ is up to in the garage now. One even came by to discuss wood with me: what kind I use and where I get it. My answer… from a tree and the lumber store. 😛
I love my sander by the way. It has multi attachments to use on all sorts of edges. I popped on the one for round edges and was able to get the edge of the stool sanded off nicely.
So here is the top all sanded…
…and ready for something to be done with it. What a nice fresh canvas. I ended up opting for something fairly quick and simple. I would sand and spray the bottom white to clean it up a bit. Right now it is a slight beige colour, with bits of other colours from paint around the house.
The top was due for some stain. I used stain once before on another project, I will show you that one hopefully next week, and it turned out so gorgeous that I wanted to have another go at it.
So for this project I used:
- One stool I had kicking around the house
- Sander with 60 grit and 240 grit sandpaper
- White chalk paint
- Minwax Jacobean stain
- Rust-o-leum white spray paint in semi-gloss
After a lot of sanding to get all the previous paint off, I gave it a good wipe down to remove any dust so that I could give it a thin coat of the white chalk paint. I did end up sanding most of the white paint off afterwards but where it is left behind gives it a nice effect. So once the paint was dry, I sanded again to remove most of what I just done and then wiped clean and it was ready for the stain. (sorry forgot to photograph that part)
Using a cloth I wiped on a bit of stain then almost immediately rubbed any extra off. Then I dry brushed on a bit more of the white and then wiped it off with a lightly damp cloth. Standing back looking at it I ended up using a bit more stain and white until I got the effect that I was happy with.
Then I protected it with three coats of the polycrylic, with some light sanding in between coats, then I let it dry and cure.
Back in its home in the kitchen, I’m quite happy with the simplicity of it. I was debating on applying a stencil image or some writing to it but not quite sure at this point. Maybe I will do that on a whim on another night I am bored.
What are your thoughts? Would you add anything to the top? An image or writing or wood you leave it au natural? Sorry!
Leave your comments below. I wood love to hear your thoughts. 🙂 Oops. I did it again. 😛