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I’ve been wanting a little foot stool for a while now.
One that I could stand on to reach the top of the bookcase or to prop my feet on while sitting in my favorite chair.
I came across this one at the thrift store last week and quickly snatched it up.
Yes, it’s your standard ugly foot stool.
The padded top was hinged on and I removed the screws and took the top off to make it easier to paint the base.
I used Poppie’s Paint Powder and Sherwin William’s Halcyon Green latex paint to make homemade chalk paint.
Here are the directions on how to mix it:
It mixes very easily into a smooth consistency and can be stored for up to 2 years in a sealed container. I’ve used Poppie’s Paint Powder for several projects now and I love how easy it is to work with. Poppie’s is safe, can be mixed with any latex or acrylic paint, and is very budget friendly, too.
I painted one coat of Halcyon Green as a base coat. It dried quickly even though it was a humid day.
I then mixed a little Indigo from Sherwin Williams with the Halcyon Green chalk paint mix to make a darker shade of blue.
I painted one coat with the Indigo+Halcyon Green chalk paint mix and allowed it to dry.
I lightly distressed it with a wet paper towel (yes, a wet paper towel to distress!) so that the Halycon Green would show through and then I clear coated it with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin.
Now isn’t that blue the perfect French Country farmhouse blue? I love how it turned out and it was so quick to do!
I then moved onto reupholstering the top. I wanted an aged linen look so I decided to use a tea towel with an easy coffee stain method to give it this look.
I had a stash of tea towels and Avery Light Fabric Iron-On Transfer paper I had bought for another project — so no extra cost for this part for me at least! Both of these items had been purchased at Walmart last year so I’m not sure if they even carry them anymore.
I took one tea towel and rinsed it in cold water since it was new and had never been washed before. I then submerged it in slightly diluted coffee which was still warm from the coffee pot. I left it submerged for 3-4 minutes; however, I checked it frequently to see if it was staining evenly and to check the color.
I let the towel get a little darker than I wanted the end product to be because I knew when I rinsed it, the stain would fade some.
If you are using this method for an item that will be laundered a lot, then you will need to place the fabric in a water bath with vinegar for 10 minutes to set the stain. I skipped this step since I won’t be washing my foot stool cover.
After allowing it to dry, I ironed it to remove all the wrinkles.
I downloaded and printed this transfer (reverse image) from The Graphic Fairy. I used the Light Fabric iron-on transfer paper from Avery. Be sure to follow all the directions on the transfer paper you use because the directions might differ.
Here’s the reverse image cut down to size and placed on the tea towel–just to see what it was going to look like.
I flipped the image over and then ironed it following the instructions on the Avery package.
And here’s what it looked like when I peel the back off.
I centered the image on my stool top, carefully flipped it over, and then stapled it down. Be sure to pull the fabric tight when stapling. It’s much easier if you have one person holding the fabric stretched in place while the other person staples, but one person can do it alone if necessary.
And here is the stool put back together:
Lucy’s photobombing this picture. 🙂
A Frenchy stool needs some old baskets to go with it of course.
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