A little while back one of my readers offered me a step stool (thanks again Brigitte!). It was one of those projects that she thought she’d get around to, but she never quite finished it.
It needed some repairs before paint, so I initially sent it over to Ken’s workshop. Unfortunately, once again I neglected to get a proper ‘before’ photo, drat. But basically the wooden rung that held the steps in place was broken. Ken made a replacement using a dowel rod. He makes these things appear so simple, he just whisks something off to his workshop and returns it a few days later completely fixed.
This step stool had been stripped of its original paint (maybe Brigitte did that?), I could still see remnants of light green paint here and there. I felt a tiny bit bad painting it again after someone (Brigitte?) had gone to all of that work to strip it. But I suspect this piece was always intended to be painted because the wood isn’t especially pretty.
I started out thinking I would use Dixie Belle’s new Silk paint for this project thus saving myself the trouble of adding a top coat of some kind. So I pulled out the three shades of white I had, Salt Water, Whitecap and Oyster. I decided to try the Salt Water since that one is described as an off white. After one coat of the Salt Water I quickly realized that it was still far too ‘white’ for my taste. But not to worry, I had another project that was perfect for the Salt Water that I’ll be sharing soon.
In the meantime, sometimes you just gotta stick with what you know. In this case, I know that I love the combination of DB’s Drop Cloth and Midnight Sky. So I painted over the Salt Water with Drop Cloth on the base and then I painted the steps and seat in Midnight Sky.
So just in case you were wondering, yes, you absolutely can paint over the Silk paint with the chalk style paint.
I followed that up with a stencil on the seat, also painted used Drop Cloth.
The Fresh Cut Flowers stencil from Wallcutz was the perfect fit.
I used clear wax as a topcoat over the chalk paint.
This stool is one where the steps can be folded in.
And then it can be used simply as a stool.
I have to point out that the steps aren’t super sturdy. I’m not sure I would trust them with a full grown adult’s weight on them.
Instead I think this step stool would make the perfect plant stand.
It would also work really well as a side table.
If any of you locals are in need of a fun side table or plant stand, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.
Thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for supplying their products used in today’s makeover.
12 thoughts on “fresh cut flowers stool.”
Love what you did with the step stool! I bought it already striped of paint and never noticed what the original color might of been. I knew you’d you give it a new life and Ken would be able to fix the broken rod.
LOL, oh good! I’m glad it wasn’t you that went to all that work to strip it 🙂 And thank goodness for Ken and his ability to fix stuff!
I desperately need a “Ken”!!!! Love your step-stool. It would look great on my porch! Alas, too far away. Love your work.
I don’t know what I would do without Ken. I surely wouldn’t be able to make these sorts of repairs on my own!
Love this – the combination of the white and the blue is striking. It needs a home where there can be lots of plants! Maybe on an entryway that is sheltered a bit? Love it!
That’s a great idea! It would work well on a sheltered entryway.
Now it looks like a crisp summer dress! I love it as a plant stand or a little bed side table in a tight space. (-:
Thanks so much Connie!
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