Two Little Stools – From Ghastly to Trendy

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Destined for the dump

You know how much I love rescuing things that are destined for the dump! Check out these twin stools. Weathered and totally ghastly aren’t they?IMG_8079It also looks like it has some mildew or mould embedded into the top surface where the old varnish has worn away.
IMG_8080Definitely a job for my orbital sander to get right back to the raw wood. If you’re having trouble deciding on what type of sander to use for different DIY jobs, check out my article here: How to Choose a Sander for Your Furniture ProjectIMG_8081

Using Colour Blocker

I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Colour blocker as a base before painting the chairs. I sometimes do this when I’m using light colours, so that I use less of my nice paint. Colour Blocker is half the price of the regular paint, and is made from 100% recycled tints from the manufacture process, mixed with Fusion’s pure acrylic resin base.Colour Blocker

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Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3722 Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3723I decided to use a Fusion colour I haven’t used before – Aubusson. It’s a pretty yellow with green undertones.Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3724 Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3725


Paint your chairs or tables upside down. It’s easier to work on the legs this way to make sure you’re covering all the surfaces.Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3727 I found a utensil tray I had lying around and decided to give it a makeover too.
Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3729Here’s how I used painters tape to add a couple of stripes to the sides of the tray. Colour of the stripes is Soapstone, which I’m also using for the top of my stools.Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3733 I love the way these two colours compliment each other!Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3734Next: Fusion’s Soapstone colour on the stool seats.
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Creating a grain sack stripe:

I really don’t need to explain how I created this, as the visuals do the talking here. If you’d like to see another example of grain sack stripes I’ve made, you can check out these links:

Grain Sack Stripes on a Set of Nesting Tables

Grain Sack Stripes on Fabric to Create an Armchair Caddy
Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3739Make sure you use proper painter’s tape so that the paint doesn’t lift when you take the tape off.Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3740 Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3741

Finished Stools:

Twin Stools Painted in Fusion Mineral Paint - Aubusson

Twin Stools Painted in Fusion Mineral Paint – Aubusson

And here are the finished stools. Such a nice change from their trash-bound state.Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3743 Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3744 Aubusson & Soap stone stools-3745

Pillow Talk Homepage

Hayman Cushion covers $7.95 [Pillow Talk]

Hayman Cushion covers $7.95 [Pillow Talk]

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Have you tried Grain Sack stripes on anything? We’d love to share your beautiful work. Send us your images via our contact page or post them to our Facebook page. We have a growing Facebook community and welcome your comments, questions and feedback over there.

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  • Reply
    May 13, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Wow what a transformation. I love that yellow colour. I found a great outdoor seat once, hammered a few nails, painted it white and thought I was really clever. Ha ha! this is beautiful

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      May 13, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Totally clever of you Julie! Anything that re-uses something that was discarded is a great idea. Thanks for your comment.

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    June 7, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Hi! I just stumbled upon your site. I’m starting my own blog about my furniture store. Not sure how all the mechanics of it works yet, for example, I don’t know how to insert a picture into the text, but it’s fun!
    I love the stools!

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