Antique Wooden Stool ~ So hard to say good-bye!

Hi all! So, I had to say good-bye to a dear friend today…it was gut-wrenching…she was just perfect and darling in every way….

Her story starts at Laverty’s in Waco (yes, the same Shanty Shopping Spree Whitney mentioned in her milk jug post). I had a lot going on that week and my shanty spending money was in the red so I told my mom, Ellen, and Whit I would have to wait until next time. My mom persuaded me to go by offering to buy me some pieces…..couldn’t pass that up! I found a few great items that I will be posting later but I wanted to share this antique wooden stool my mom managed to sneak by us!

So adorable! I love the rails on the back….

We convinced my mom that she needed a paint job….so, I agreed to paint it for her to pay her back for my purchases (great deal on both ends…trust me!) 2 coats of Behr Forever Black Satin brought her back to life….

Fantastic in black….
I used my 3M sanding block to distress the edges…I love how it shows off her great lines and detail….

Lucky for me we have had non-stop rain for the past 8 days and I wasn’t about to put this beauty in the back of my truck in the elements. She found a nice place to rest in my dining room next to my hutch….it was meant to be…..

She looks so content…..

I took her for a visit to Whitney’s and she fit in so nicely among the other pieces in her dining room as well….

Now in her entry way with a few knick knacks……

I have to admit I’m going to miss her but I know my mom will love her as much as we do ~ if not…I’ve got dibs Whit!!!!!
*Update ~ I have had a few requests that I give detailed instructions on how I painted this piece so, here goes!
1. Wipe down the surface, with a damp cloth, to clean away dirt and dust.
2. Lightly sand the first layer off ~ I use my husband’s Dewalt Battery Powered Sander and it takes ALL the elbow grease out of sanding ~ I highly recommend one….very good for heavy varnishes!
3. Wipe down again with a wet cloth.
4. Paint first coat (I make sure all the brush strokes go the same direction). As far as brushes to use..I have used the expensive brushes and the cheap-o Wal-Mart brushes and the cheap-o’s do just as well!
5. Distress all of the edges – especially the corners ~ I use my 3M sanding block that I LOVE! You have to buy the sand paper separate ~ 80 grit works great for distressing. I dragged it along the legs in spots also.
6. I did not use a finish on this stool because it will be used for decoration only. However, if you intend to paint a piece that will see everyday wear and tear we use Polycrylic ~ 2 coats.
* I hope this is helpful! If you have anymore questions don’t hesitate to ask! I will be adding this shanty over at Southern Hospitality’s Thrifty Finds… Check it out!
*I will also be adding this to Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented!
AND at… Hooked on Fridays over at Hooked on Houses… Great blog guys!!
I will be posting this at The DIY Showoff for Show and Tell Surprise Party!
I will be linking this to Flea Market Style!


  1. Susan on October 21, 2009 at 4:20 am

    fabulous!! 🙂

  2. Ki on October 19, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Super look! And great tutorial on painting!

  3. northern cottage on October 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    this stool is just yummy!

  4. Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things on October 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    wow. what a transformation – and how perfect it looked in each nook of both of your homes!

    I bet your mom loves it in her space, too!

    Happy Monday.

  5. Jane on October 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    That is a wonderful wooden stool…it looks great with it's black paint and distressed finish…thanks too for the information about how you transformed the piece.

  6. The DIY Show Off on September 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    It's beautiful (of course!). I really love your distressed technique. I need some lessons! 😉 Great job!

    Thanks so much for linking to the DIY Show Off Show & Tell!


  7. [email protected] on September 25, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    It looks lovely! But is it the pictures or does it have an unchairlike height in real life. Doesn't look like a diningroom chair or is it?

  8. Heartfire At Home on September 25, 2009 at 3:34 am

    She looks great, wonderful job! I too have a stool that I've been meaning to paint. She's currently sitting in a corner in the kitchen with my Grandmothers old ceramic vase on top. I'm inspired to get going. I think she's going to be purple!!

    Linda. 🙂

  9. elizabeth on September 25, 2009 at 2:16 am

    love your chair – and your hutch
    great job
    thanks for sharing

  10. Michelle on September 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I have a chair I have been wanting to paint. Now, I just may have the guts to do it.

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