How to make over a plain wood stool into a colorful piece of furniture with ribbon trim that will coordinate with a room’s color scheme.
I have a hand-me-down stool in my studioffice that I use when I am at my work table. It used to have black and white checked fabric stapled to the top.
I never painted it, but it sure was covered with paint from all of the projects I complete in my studioffice. I recently removed the paint and glue splattered fabric and was left with a plain brown wood stool.
As I am updating all the furnishings in the room, this handy plain stool has long been overlooked and was way overdue for some love. A stool makeover was in order.
I finally painted it pink and added a perky preppy ribbon around it to give it a new bright and cheery life.
It has a very rough finish and after painting it, I realized it was not going to look perfect, so I opted to age it to make it purposely look flawed and aged. Old school meets new school.
I gathered and mixed all the leftover pink paint that I had on hand from other projects until I filled up a measuring cup. I then added 2 Tablespoons non-sanded grout along with some water to make myself some DIY chalk paint.
I used Calcium Carbonate Powder that you can buy in the health food store to make the pink chalk paint. Here is the recipe:
This is the color it produced. Works perfectly for the color scheme I am using. I added a layer of paste wax over it and buffed it to a shine that brings the color to life and will help protect the painted finish.
- Ribbon – a bit narrower than side edge of stool seat and long enough to go around the circumference, plus 1-inch extra.
- String (use as a measuring tool)– enough to go around circumference of stool seat.
- Furniture Nails –Lowes
How to Evenly Place the Nail Heads Around the Stool
I eyeballed mine and it came out perfectly, but that was luck! I could not figure out how to write this step here in the tutorial so you could easily do it yourself. I figured there was some way to do it mathematically.
I asked my hubs and he started calculating, but then my daughter asked what we where doing and I told her my tutorial writing dilemma. She said why don’t you just do this: Slapping hand on head – “Now why didn’t I think of that.”
1. Measure the circumference around the seat with a piece of string. Take the string and fold it in half, keep folding it in half, until it is as long as you would like the nail heads to be spaced.
Then mark the loops with a magic marker. When it is unrolled – you have a guide as to where to place each nail. You can add as many nail heads or as little as you want. I didn’t want to hide the ribbon too much so 3 inches worked well.
To Attach Ribbon to Seat Edge:
1. Fold over one end of ribbon about 1/2-inch and hammer in first furniture nail head– but don’t hammer it all the way in, let it stick out a bit for now. Continue adding the furniture nail heads around the stool seat.
2. When you get back to the first nail head, pry the first nail out and tuck the other end of the ribbon under the starting end of the ribbon. Pull taut and then hammer the nail in all the way. This will give you a nice finished edge.
The stripe in the ribbon acts as a guide making lining up the nail heads in a straight line easy. I put each nail tip into the thin pink stripe on the ribbon. The nail heads I bought where a little soft and a few of them bent when I began to hammer them in.
When tapping with the hammer – keep it as centered as possible on the nail head so it won’t bend. If it does- remove with the claw part of the hammer and use a new nail head.
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