Are any of you watching Fixer Upper on HGTV? I had 4 different friends tell me that I just had to see this show. If 4 people who know me well think this show is right up my alley, it must be! Luckily, I found Season 1 in its entirety on Comcast on Demand. So last weekend I had a Fixer Upper marathon. My friend Meggan suggested a drinking game to go along with the show. Every time Chip says “bucks” you have to take a drink. Had I been playing the game, I would have been sloshed after just one episode! And I watched about 10 of them. Once you start listening for “bucks”, it’s hard to watch the show without giggling every time he says it. Go ahead, just try it!
Aside from that, I have to say that I love Joanna Gaines’ style.
Check out more pictures of the Magnolia farmhouse here. If you aren’t watching the show, you should be! And go ahead and add Meggan’s drinking game and let me know how that works out for you!
But meanwhile, I have a little fixer upper of my own to share with you today. I purchased this industrial stool from my friend Sue at my own Carriage House sale. No one else bought it (which is just plain crazy, it was $12), so I did!
Some people might have just left this stool as is. But since I pretty much paint anything that isn’t nailed down (and even a lot of stuff that is), I decided to give it a little makeover.
I painted the entire stool with some custom mixed milk paint, the same paint I used on the Wintergreen dresser. So, now it looks like this.
It has a metal base and a wooden seat. From everything official that you read about milk paint, you wouldn’t think it would stick to metal without using the bonding agent. However, I have found that isn’t always the case. I’ve painted a couple of other metal pieces and not used bonding agent, so I decided to give it a try on this one too. Worst case scenario, my paint would all flake off and I’d start over. Instead I got some very nice chipping, but not too much chipping. Here is a close up of the metal legs so you can see the end result.
In addition, the mixed milk paint I used was close to 4 weeks old. Mixed milk paint isn’t supposed to last more than 5 to 7 days. I’ll admit, it was a little stronger smelling than usual. But other than that, I didn’t see any problem with using it. Once I gave it a good stir, it wasn’t lumpy at all. It had thickened up a little, but that worked in my favor on this piece.
I’m not advocating painting with milk paint that is past it’s due date, or counting on it sticking to metal. However, sometimes breaking the rules works out just fine.