I have this little stool that I have been thinking about. My thought was to macramé a new seat. But that idea really doesn’t appeal to me. And then I had a better idea. This month’s subject for our Thrifty Chicks Challenge is yardsticks or rulers. That is how yardsticks gave new life to a stool.
Last month our projects had a garden theme. That is what is so much fun. You never know what we are going to come up with. As you can see this stool had seen better days. Actually, I’m surprised Karen didn’t throw it out. Instead, she gave it to me. She knows I love a good challenge.
The first thing I did after I bought a piece of plywood was to cut what was left of the top off. I thought I could use the pieces of cardboard that were part of the top but it didn’t work. Instead, I flipped the stool over and drew it out on brown paper. From there the pattern is cut out. Draw it out on the plywood. Use a jigsaw to cut it out.
I felt it is easier to paint the body of the stool without the top. Do you like the beachy blue? I was torn between that color or maybe a white. Tell me your opinion. I don’t mind repainting it. But back to how yardsticks gave new life to the stool. Paint one side of the plywood also.
Glue the plywood with painted side face down on the rungs of the stool. But it turned out the glue didn’t work. I ended up turning it upside down, drilled pilot holes on each rung and screwed in wood screws.
It’s time to give this stool its personality. I ended up using 6 yardsticks. I wish I could tell you they are vintage but they’re brand new. That’s ok, I fixed them up to look old.
The yardsticks were cut so one row was a single one and the next row staggered. One row was tricky because I had to cut it to fit. I managed to do it.
Glue them down with Liquid Nails. I put heavy bricks on the top to make sure it would be secure. After it is dry, sand the edges and the top.
We’re almost done. I use stain I make from vinegar and rusty nails. You can find the recipe here. Spray the top with water to open up the pores. Apply the stain. I didn’t even wipe it off, I let it soak in. Then I wiped on some more.
As that dries it’s a good time to do any touch-up. When I sanded the sides some of the paint came off. The distressed look wasn’t what I was going for.
Use clear wax for the stool’s body. Wax the top with clear and then dark wax. Hand buff the wax out. For the final buffing on the top of the stool use the buffing brush drill attachment.
Stools are so handy. Thinking back to some of my past projects I have done my fair share. I hope how yardsticks gave new life to a stool has inspired you if you see a stool have a damaged top. Or even without a top. Don’t be scared off. Now please be sure to pay a visit to the other Thrifty Chicks projects to see their creativity using yardsticks or rulers.
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