Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Little White Stool-ish Thingy and Forgiveness

This is not the best way to start a conversation or even a blog post, but, please accept my humble apology. I must ask your forgiveness. 

I forgot to take before photos. I was SURE I had taken them in a batch of other things, but no. 

I've found it's faster/easier to take photos of several before things at once. It's a bloggish spin on Henry Ford's assembly line method of working. Do several photos at once. Paint several items at once. And so on. It's really an efficient way to work if you have limited time (don't we all?) and like white stuff (again, don't we all?)

When I found this little stool for $5 in a thrift store, I bought it. It has been in my hoarding place - the place that is really supposed to be a garage but now my car won't fit - for a few years. Now that I'm blogging and being accountable to all my new friends, I have been bringing things from my stockpile into the house to work on. This one came in a week or so back. 

A few posts back, I showed you a mirror I had painted with faux chalk-ish paint. My chosen faux recipe was adding 2 T. unsanded white grout to a cup of latex flat paint. (I chose the recipe because I had some grout stashed in my hoarding garage from another project.) 

I had used the same mis-tint flat paint on other items, and it didn't cover very well. It took several coats to even get a "shabby" finish - one that looked covered enough to sand off a bit. The addition of the grout made the coverage much better - see the inside of my little stool/box thing with only one coat above. 

I painted one coat, and a little touch-up second coat on the outside. I let it dry, which was pretty quick, and sanded to give it a worn look. Then, I rubbed a little Minwax Gel Stain walnut on, and sanded a little more. This recipe is a tad gritty, but workable.

The top of this piece was originally covered in a fairly worn tapestry-like fabric. Sometimes tapestry is nice, but trust me, this one needed covering in the worst way. 

I snipped another piece from my painter's drop cloth. I added a layer of batting before stapling it down. (Actually, it was a layer of an old comforter, which was really a layer of batting between a couple of layers of cloth. I had it, and didn't have to buy new batting, which is not cheap!)

The top of this piece opens to reveal a nice little storage box. I think I will use it at my bedside, so I can stick my CoQ10 and Iron supplements inside it. They will be accessible and hidden instead of looking ugly in their bright orange bottles!

I don't know if this is really a stool, because it had a crooked sticker affixed to the inside of the lid that said, "do not exceed 50 lbs" or something like that. I debated about leaving the sticker exposed in case I ever decide to sell this, but it was crooked! So, I covered it with creamy burlap. The raw edges and staples were covered in ivory grosgrain ribbon. Aleene's Tacky Glue worked great for this!

Voila, my new little shabby white glorified pill box! 

Today, I'm taking photos, painting several things, and getting a much-needed haircut! I hope you have a great weekend filled with loved ones, great food, and maybe a nice chick-flick!

Word for the Day:

Acts 10:43

All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

May all your mistakes be forgiven, and may you feel the peace that comes with that forgiveness!


Monday Making The World Cuter Monday



Sharon, aka Bootersmom03 said...

It looks perfect!!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Awww, Revi! Do I have to out myself for the same sins? No? Good! ; ) I never remember to photograph...I just start painting.
This is so cute and a great idea for hiding those ugly bottles. I put a beautiful fabric box on my husbands side of the bathroom for just that purpose. He stacks them on TOP of it. There's just no figuring out the mind of a man. : )
Have a great day!

Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors said...

I absolutely love it, Revi! Adorable and functional as well. I love things that don't just take up space while looking pretty, but are useful as well. You did a great job on it!

Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors

I hope you'll link it up to the Knick of Time Tuesday party - it's still open until Monday night!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Wow, loved what you did to your thrift store find! :) I hope to have more time on my hands to do fun stuff like this...for now I have to work on the more "functional aspects" of our fixer upper challenges!!! :) In the meanwhile, I can get my transformation fixes by visiting blogs posts like this. :) Thanks for sharing & thank you for stopping by my page too! :)


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

I always get in such a hurry to start painting a project that I never take the time to photograph the don't feel bad. I'm guilty.

Love your little stool. Very cute and great for storage.


outjunking said...

I agree the photo stuff gets lost in the moment with me too. But the result is the same, a project checked off the list. The stool turned out great.

farmhouse-story said...

your finish on this cute stool looks wonderful, revi! i'm always in such a hurry to make something "pretty", i forget pics, too:) enjoy the chick flick!

Cjoy2day said...

Love this little stool, I am inspired! Gonna get some things painted this week, love that assembly line idea!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

She is so CUTE and I forget the before pics all the time:) Come by on Monday because you have featured at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY...please feel free to grab my featured button for your blog.