Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Hop, Skip, and a $1 Stool

I may have missed my chance with the cabinet of my dreams, but there was one good find at the flea market. I picked this little beauty up for the mind blowing price of $1. Yes, as in 100 pennies....as in that Starbucks in your hand cost 5 of these...$1. I loved the curved shape of the legs, but the rest did not exactly make my heart skip.

I sanded down the handles and stained them a deep chocolaty brown to hide some of the imperfections. Then I stripped the whole thing down and tried to clean and polish up the brass, which I quickly discovered was just yellow painted metal. I'm still considering a quick shot of brassy-spray paint to cover what I couldn't clean.
The seat was pretty gross when I stripped the covering off and looked like it had been through a torrential downpour or 2. New foam and covering was definitely going to be needed if I didn't want to think if killer mold every time I looked at it. I debated on the fabric for the seat and ultimately a bold animal print won out because I loved it and...hey, it's my stool so why shouldn't I love it. Plus, it's easy to swap out if I one day hate it.
A hop, skip, and an hour later, this is what I had.
$1 stool + $10 in material + 1 hour wimpy labor =my new entryway stool

8 comments:

  1. Well done, on all accounts! It's a smart little stool! And, you did a terrific job! Hmmmm I'd love to see a pair of them...

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  2. Abby, just go on Design Star already!

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  3. I vote on a pretty silver, brushed nickel, or chrome color for the metal.
    I really need to go shopping with you, you're a woman after my own heart!

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  4. You make even me feel like I could do something like this (a fact which is super debatable).

    I love the stool and admire your choice of fabrics. Stay bold girl.

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  5. Nice job! You can't beat the price or the style.

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  6. It's a toss up - Design Star Contestant or Nate Burkus apprentice. Hmmm....tough choice

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  7. so cute! and for $11 total -thats a find :-)

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  8. Just found your blog! Tres chic!

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