Well hello, do I have a classic for you today? Those of you on instagram will know that I recently bought an Ikea Ektorp sofa for my 'empty room'. I love it to bits. It's so nice to have a little area where I can sit and read. Problem is you need somewhere to put your cup of tea or glass of wine where it won't get knocked over.
I have seen so many lovely chippy stools on blogs and pinterest, so I decided that's what I needed. Well I didn't need to look any further than the storage area above the garage and I found one.
This was the stool my husband made at school for woodworking. Do they still even do woodworking as a subject anymore? It has his name and class 10GA1 written underneath.
Look at that handywork. How good is that glue joint? Despite appearances, it's actually a very solid and sturdy stool, so I gave it a lick of paint and a little roughen up.
How I did it
Step 1 - Lightly sand and give the stool a coat of burnt umber paint (I use Jo Sonja's acrylic). I wanted a deep brown to come through rather than the orange colour.
Step 2 - Give the stool a couple of coats of white paint. I used Dulux aqua-enamel in Whisper White.
|This is an instagram photo I took while I was doing it.|
Step 3 - Roughen it up a bit. Sand the edges and use a screwdriver or blade to scratch some paint off. Kristen from The Painted Hive uses a surfboard wax comb. Mine ended up looking like this:
Some of my favourite books and a rose from the garden, and it's all pretty.
Even my husband is happy with it. I did ask him if I could paint it first ... just in case.