Apr 15, 2013

Craft Room Stool

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine went by so fast! My husband and I took a long hike up in the hills for a spectacular view of the valley. It was cold, but the sun was shining and I got my first sunburn of the year. It's a rite of spring for me. 

Today, I'm sharing another craft room project. 

 In my old craft room, my stool was covered with bright ruffles of fabric that felt too colorful for my new neutral craft room. 

Ruffled Slipcover

So I removed the ruffled slipcover and was planning on painting the stool with some green chevron stripes to match my window valance.

Then I saw this cute red and white checkered stool painted by Anne at Design Dreams by Anne and fell in love with it.

Design Dreams by Anne

Since I love to mix patterns, I decided to go with checks. 

I sanded, primed, and painted my stool white and let it dry overnight. Then I mixed a few drops of gray, blue, green and black craft paint into some white latex for the checkered squares. I followed Anne's tutorial and photos for taping the checkered pattern with painter's tape and used a short piece of the one inch tape to space the rows equally apart.

I painted the first squares and took the tape off without letting it dry. I'm a cutter-inner, not a taper, and I'm never quite sure if I should take the tape off before the paint dries, or after. Either way, I'm never very successful at having clean edges, and this was no exception. Good thing I was going for a shabby chic look with the emphasis on the shabby!

 I let the paint dry for a few hours, then taped over the first part in the same way and painted the rest of the squares.  

After that was good and dry, I distressed the seat and legs with medium sandpaper and waxed everything with two coats of clear wax. 

Here's my little checkered stool in my craft room. 

One of these days, unless one of those awesome Pottery Barn wooden office chairs with wheels falls in my lap, I'm going to try making a slip cover for my big ugly office chair.

But you know how it is; so many projects, so little time!

I hope you're having a great day, and thanks for spending a bit of it with me!  

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  1. Love the 'new' stool and I've got a big ugly office chair to recover myself. It seems a bit daunting so I seem to be putting that one off. Your room is looking fabulous!! :)

  2. Your stool turned out great, nice color too...

  3. The stool is adorable! And I'm another one in the "need to cover an ugly office chair" club!

  4. Good job... It's very nice...
    Hugs from Rome,

  5. Love it - it turned out gorgeous! and love painting checks!
    Always peel the tape off while the paint is still tacky :)

  6. So cute Laurel! I love checks, but I've never tried painting them!

  7. I sure do love that stool! The color is really cute. Have a great week! ~ Jamie

  8. Laurel, I love this! So adorable. You did a great job!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  9. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I love anything checkerboard.

  10. I love the stool! I love the entire room! Checks are my favorite.


  11. Laurel, love, love your stool! You are so talented! I would love if you link it to the party this week! Very, very pretty!

  12. how cute is that stool! LOVE the checkerboard pattern.


  13. This turned out great, love the checks. Anne is a such a talent, I love her blog.


  14. I love your checkered stool Lauren! The color is beautful. Can't wait to see what you do with the chair :)


  15. I think it is perfect, what a fun project. Your craft room is perfect!! Great working space!


  16. I'm sad to see your old stool gone, but I do love how you changed it for the new room. Great decision Laurel!

  17. Fun project, and I like the distressed look- just says country to me!

  18. Hi Laurel,
    Love your stool. So shabby and chic. It looks wonderful in your studio. I love to paint stripes also. So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by to visit and your kind comment. I am also visiting from Tuesdays at Home.
    Have a great week.
    Celestina Marie

  19. When I saw the picture in my email, I rushed right over. Wow, I love this stool!! We have a few of these, 2 in the workshop, I am going to have to try something like this. I love it, Laurel!! I've pinned, thank you!
    Debbie :)

  20. Looks great, but I am still lovin' the ruffle stool (I remember that I featured it here at my party).


  21. You did a wonderful job Laurel! Love the distressed look. Sooo pretty!

  22. Thanks for the idea! We have a few shabby looking stools in the kitchen that could definitely use some lovin!

  23. Just love the checkered pattern, the stool looks time-worn and awesome!

  24. Aren't you a darling for linking back to my project!! I'm so glad I could inspire and I love the grey & white check! Now you've inspired me, I'm going to checkerboard my bar stools!!! lol

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  25. Such a great color combination.
    That would fit right in my home!


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