Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Adding Pizzazz!

Of course this is an AFTER picture. I get my tools out to work on something, get it taken apart and then remember to take pictures!!!
 I've had this stool for quite awhile. It's a nice, very heavy piece, but not vintage...just looks that way now!
It worked for me but it lacked pizzazz.  And I need pizzazz!!!

 Molly decided to photo bomb the picture! But you can see the before fabric that she's standing on. Sort of blends with the floor.

And here's a shot of the original fabric and a leg that I haven't wire brushed yet.

It doesn't show in the pics but the white paint has a green tint to it, probably from the gold underneath, so it has a cool look and I prefer warm colors. Also the backside of the leg was severely white, I don't care for distressed pieces that still show "new paint" underneath. As in this case it would really be noticeable.

So I took it apart and wire brushed the legs with my cordless drill fitted with a wire brush.
Wire brushing metal is an easy way to remove rust and paint.  It's also an easy way to remove
your skin...so be careful.

See all of those little wires poking out every which way? I use a pair of long handled pliers to hold the chuck while tightening.

 I used the razor blade to scrape along the sides of the legs to chip off paint.

 After the wire brushing I applied stain with a brush to get into all the nooks and crannies (wiping most of it off with a rag) to change the tint and to help age the paint out. I also distressed the underneath and used stain on it so it has an overall aged appearance.

I got about 4 yards of this beautiful rose upholstery fabric at Goodwill last summer.  There's bits of light blue color thorough out the fabric. It's a nice visual surprise and gives it a modern feel.  I have a couple of projects in the guest bedroom that I'll be using more of it on.

I let the stain set for a day before I used clear wax to add a bit of luster and reassembled.

Here she is all pizzazzed and finished and in the bathroom, a great place to sit while drying my hair!!!

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  1. Wow! Love the transformation. Well done.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. It looks right at home in your bathroom next to that fabulous chippy dresser. Love the fabric!

  3. Dear Mickie:
    Thanks so much for share this darling DIY project. You sure did a wonderful job and I love your fabric choice. It really looks cute in your bathroom too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. You did a great job on the stool. I love the fabric. I am your newest follower.

  5. Love the looks of the finished product. I'm going to have to try this on some metal furniture.

  6. Just look at those legs, WOW!!! Such a fabulous piece, you really made it fabulous.
    Wishing you all the joy and happiness the new year can bring!

  7. Your stool is fabulous! Great instructions on how to get your look, too. Thanks so much for sharing it at Vintage Charm, and Happy New Year!

  8. Love the makeover you gave this stool!! Those legs are awesome and the fabric you chose is lovely!!


So glad you visited and left a comment, I enjoy hearing from you. Mickie