January 20, 2009

That is thriftacular!! (and a walk through my madness)

Not sure if you remember this old stool I got at...surprise surprise...a thrift store, but it was $10 and in great condition. Such great condition that they had it set up in the front of the store, which usually means it's going to be "expensive." It was meant for me.

It was thriftacular! You like my new word?

So, here it was BEFORE I got my hands on it.

First, I took out all the screws and bolts. I must put them away in a container, otherwise I will lose them or one will walk off.


Then I took out all the 100,000 dreaded staples. UGH!
I got tired of it, so I gave it to hubby to work on. He's smarter than me and just burns off all the excess material - forget the staples!
Okay, that's where my walk-through stops. I hand-sanded and spray painted the wood, then distressed it a little bit. I added new padding and material to the top and stapled it all around.

And, VOILA....a new stool for the front room!

It was pretty easy! Glad I got it in before the freezing front came in. I'm going to have to put spray painting on hold for a while. BUMMER!!

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14 comments:

The Phillips Place said...

this is nothing short of a spectacular transformation! wow, what a difference! way to go!

JAMIE'S CREW said...

I have recovered my dining room chairs 3 times and my cedar chest twice. It is pretty easy.

Emily said...

I sweaaaaaaar! You must be Martha's daughter.

I wish I knew how to do crafts like that. Also, what does Lorelai do when your busy creating?

Tracye said...

BEAUTIFUL!

We are Team Brummy said...

You never answered my question about calling shotgun....

Erin Mitchler said...

I love it! Come back here and be my thrift store coach! I want to see what you did with the horizontal bookcase--I've been looking for one for months!!

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

Sooo cute! You must come by and take me shopping some time! :)

Our Complete Family said...

My spray painting is on hold for now, too. Shoot! The stool turned out darling! Love it!

Claire said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

I wish I knew how to do that!!!

meli said...

I love toile-especially in black and white! Your creativity makes me want to go shopping right now!

Rebecca said...

I am looking forward to the day when you have your own show... seriously, can I guest star one day?

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Yay for you! Beauty.

Heather said...

Unbelievable!! I would never, ever think to do the things you do. The stool is awesome!

superpaige said...

That is AWESOME! You are a crafty genius.