My friend gave me this cute old step stool a few years ago and I recently found it in my garage hidden under the work bench. Of course I had to fix it up, and a grain stripe was just calling out to me!
The first thing I had to do was some fixing up. The steps were all loose so I pryed them off and then glued and nailed them back in place. I used the original nails and then shot in some more with my Ryobi Nail Gun.
The back of the stool seemed to have a lot of open space, so I decided to add a shelf…because you can never have enough extra storage places. 🙂
I grabbed a scrap board and cut it to size then glued and nailed it in place.
I decided to remove the cross board that was originally on the stool and add a new. I glued and nailed it flush with the bottom of the shelf board, and it created a nice lip so things won’t slide off the shelf. I also nailed into it from the sides of the stool securing it nice and tight.
I filled any cracks with spackle and then sanded it down nice and smooth. I am loving the cute little shelf in the back.
I was super excited to try out my new HomeRight Finish Max on this project. It worked awesome, and I had this painted in no time!
I grabbed my Painters Tape and started with my small side stripes. I marked center and measured out where I wanted them, then I placed the tape on either side of where the stripes needed to be.
I painted the strips blue because, of course, I am obsessed with blue. 🙂 When I finished painting the front I re-used the same tape and painted the back…because, why not!
You can paint all the stripes at once like I did on my French inspired bench makeover, but my tape was pretty thick and wanted small stripes on the side.
Once the paint was dry, I re-used the same tape again (I am cheap, and It was still sticky) and painted my large middle stripe on the front and back. I did a couple of coats and then peeled it off when the paint was still wet.
Now doesn’t that grain sack stripe make you smile?!
I think the back just tops it off…
I might distress it, but at this point I was loving the crisp clean look.
In reality I don’t know if I will keep it just because I don’t really NEED it, but it is just so cute…
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