Painted Farmhouse Stool

March 22, 2018


It never cases to amaze me what a coat of paint can do to an old piece of furniture. Okay, two coats. My painted farmhouse stool roadside rescue is a living testament to the amazing transformative properties of paint!

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I picked this one up from the side of the road, thrown out for the trash by a neighbor. I loved it immediately. Someone had taken the time to paint this utilitarian stool a fun shade of farmhouse green. I wondered how old it really was.





It certainly looked well-loved, paint splatters and all. The original color appeared to be black. As much as I loved the green, I felt the pull of the White Paint Fairy (ever heard of her?) tugging at me, urging me to paint it white. And so it goes.


I started off by wiping it down, then putting on two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Fluff. I love that color! I've used it for a number of projects including my Vintage Jewelry Armoire Upcycle, my Three-Tiered Farmhouse Stand and my DIY Paint-Dipped Three Legged Table. Talk about a breath of fresh air!


I knew the lighter color would definitely add to the spring vibe I was trying to accomplish in the living room. Plus, along with my white vase and faux spring floral bundles, it really created the look I was going for! These photos were taken pre-sanding.


I picked up these two peony bouquets and the ceramic geometric vase at Michael's for 50% off. If you're not so lucky, you can always pick up bouquets of dark pink peonies, light pink peonies, light pink tulips or light pink hydrangeas to spruce up your decor with a pop of spring color.  




I used a galvanized farmhouse cake stand to create some added height to the arrangement.


I just love the geometric lines of the vase. Mine is about 5 inches tall. However, you can find similar ones in all shapes and sizes:

* Ren-Wil Cave Statue, Small, White Glossy       

*   Kanodan Modern White Marbled Ceramic Flower Vase 

 Privilege Large White Geometric                           

*  Geometric Ceramic White and Gold Vase

Origami-Inspired White Ceramic Geometric Vase


I thought the trailing greens of the bouquet added a nice touch.



As much as I loved that crisp, fresh look of the white paint I knew I had one more step before I was done. So I grabbed my sand paper and got to work.






And now it was done! I couldn't help myself and just had to throw in some tiny whimsical bunnies as a nod to Easter (which I can't believe is right around the corner).



I will definitely use it to display seasonal elements, but I can also see it functioning as a side table in those hard to reach corners that need a little sumpin sumpin. Here my small farmhouse tray carries a cup of tea and some biscuits, which fits perfectly atop my roadside rescue-turned-painted-farmhouse-stool. And speaking of stools, who knows? I might even use it as one of those, too!


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Painted Farmhouse Stool.

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Angela at Simply Beautiful By Angela said...

What an amazing find Kathleen!! At first I thought you were just going to leave it clean but I'm so happy that you distressed it to bring out that fun color underneath! :)

Unknown said...

You can most definitely transform anything with a little bit of paint! I am glad you ended up sanding back some of that white to let the green show through too. It really gives this little stool some extra character!

VintageSouthernPicks Florence S said...

You really scored with that curbside find! Stools are so handy and useful, I can't believe someone threw it out, but it was your lucky day. I love the white too...it's always my preferred go-to color. You can find so many ways to use/accessorize with it.

Cecilia said...

stools are so handy! Plus rescuing one from the trash is always good! Love the green peeking through the white paint. Looks great!

:) Cecilia

Junkchiccottage said...

Such a great re love with a little paint! Amazing. That is a great stool to find. Great Score.
Happy Friday.
Hugs,
Kris

Deborah Sommerlot said...

Oh, I love that stool both ways but the green coming through the white is FAB!!!

Michelle James said...

I love the white and I am glad you took the extra step with the sandpaper. The distressing is fabulous! It is a great little project.

My thrift store addiction said...

White paint works wonders, doesn't it? Love it next to your mantel and styled so pretty for spring!

Debra Pashkowsky said...

What a sweet little stool. And it is so handy. The white looks so clean and fresh. It is a great makeover.

Pam Jackson said...

A little love and paint and BAM....beautiful! Great job.

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