I have found once people know I like to redo furniture and create different craft items they call or text me to ask if I want whatever it is they want to get rid or have seen on the curb. My neighbor, who is a designer called and asked if I wanted last year’s fabric samples. Of course, I said yes. One piece of fabric led me to Discover how to give a stool a beachy look.Click To Tweet
As an Old Fashioned Milk Paint Brand Blogger, I felt this piece would be the perfect project to showcase how to mix a custom color. You can see past projects here and here.
The sample fabric was about the size of the top of the stool and I knew I could use a piece of drop cloth with it. My vision was to paint the wooden parts of the stool with Old Fashioned Milk Paint with the first coat of paint in the blue color to match the fabric and light cream to tie in the drop cloth and the cream in the sample piece. The fabric was going on the inside and the drop cloth on the top. Ha-Ha, that isn’t what happened.
To prepare the wood part, it was hand sanded and wiped down with white vinegar and water. As it dried I took the old upholstery off the lid. It was in good shape but so outdated. I don’t know the kind of glue was on it and the staples were it so good that if the stool was in a hurricane the upholstery would come out of it intact. I had to cut it apart. Once the lid was apart I washed the foam. Letting it dry, I started painting the stool.
I find when mixing a custom color it is better to be conservative and add the stronger color in small amounts. So I mixed 1 teaspoon of Sea Green OFMP with 1/4 cup of Light Cream OFMP. I followed the directions by mixing equal parts of paint powder with water for about 3 minutes and letting it sit for 15 minutes. And a little bit of Extra Bond was added because the finish was glossy. Love this color. For one thing, it was the perfect match to the material. As I painted I knew in my heart this was it. The color of my dreams, plus it is the perfect match to the material.
It took 2 coats of paint. I lightly hand sanded using a 220 grit paper in between coats. The stool isn’t really distressed, I allowed the paint to work its magic.
After the stool was dry, it was waxed it with Daddy Van’s wax. And a little goes a long way.
Now since the plan changed color wise the upholstery did also. After cutting the fabric sample to size, I sewed it to the drop cloth using a zigzag stitch. Then I ran a bead of fray check around the fabric to prevent it from fraying. The foam was placed back on the board and wrapped in batting. Because it is a small job I used the manual stapler to put the fabric on the lid.
The stool is back together with its new beachy look. I am trying to decide what else I can paint in my new favorite color. Discovering how to create colors with Old Fashioned Milk Paint is so much fun. So I hope you will give it a try and stop by soon for the next project with OFMP.