Thursday, June 02, 2011

A little project that gave me a big smile

We have this little stool which unfortunately was very attractive to our dog as a puppy.  Two of the corners were badly chewed and the top had lots of surface scratches.
stool before
IMG_0500bchewed corner
I have wanted to give this little stool some First Aid for years but because of the destruction on the corners, I wasn't sure exactly what to do with it.  Then one night it came to me, cut the corners off the stool.
measuring stool cornerstool with corners cut
I measured the corners, drew a diagonal and gave each a quick cut with the circular saw.
I used Annie Sloan chalk paint. I first learned of this wonderful paint from Miss Mustard Seed. This paint does not require sanding, priming, removal of paint or stripping of the finish....nothing. It adheres to practically any surface but I was Skeptical with a big S.
Well Miss Mustard Seed you were soooo right and this skeptic is now a Believer. 1 coat of paint, distressing and finished with dark wax. I did lightly sand over the scratches but didn't remove completely because they are part of the journey this little stool has had.
I wanted a less "re-finished look" and the distressing did the trick.
Waxing gave it a smooth as glass feel and I’m just tickled with the results.
finished stool 3finished stool
finished stool 2
Stay Tuned.....



  1. It looks great! I like the primitive look and probably would have kept the chewed up corners on for more of a rustic touch. I'm weird like that though :) But you did a great job on the corners! I'm your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

  2. Thanks Tammy, this was a fun project. I am anxious to use the chalk paint on some other pieces I have lined up.

  3. Thanks Lori, I can't say enough about the ease of this paint. I have wanted to work on several pieces but the thought of the "prep work" turned me off. I am not sure if it is recommended but I am going to wipe down with TSP before I work on one of my pieces because it was previously in a kitchen and has a great deal of build up. But then it's off to the painting which I call the fun part.


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