I found this little Reed Stool in the trash. Some poor soul didn’t appreciate it’s fine charm and worn patina.
I loved it right away. Oddly enough, the home that threw it away was having a garage sale. I thought the things they were selling were not even worthy of being in the trash, yet they threw away this adorable stool.
I will never understand some people.
The stool must have been stored in the basement. It had a bit of green mold on the legs when I brought it home. I scrubbed the legs with warm water and ammonia, then left it out in the sun for a couple of days to dry.
The finish on the legs was refreshed with a bit of Ebony Minwax gel stain. They are now as good as new.
The top of the stool needed a bit of help too. I debated for quite a while as to whether or not I even wanted to cover the faded colors that the stool had. I am just not a big fan of orange, so I opted to paint it.
I pulled out some leftover paints from my stash of products. I used Yesteryear and White Chalky Finish paint by Americana Decor, and a bit of Folk Art Acrylic paint.
The painting part was easy. I love to use recycled containers for pallets, here I used a plastic jar lid for mixing paint and water until it was a smooth but watery consistency. I wanted the paint to soak into the reed material instead of sitting on top of it, I love the rough texture and didn’t want to cover it 100 percent.
The watered down paint allows the water to soak into the natural fiber and still leaves enough of the color without making it look painted.
I followed the design that was originally on the stool as I painted, it wasn’t hard to do with a small brush.
The next stripe was in the grey Yesteryear paint (it’s the shade on the left). I mixed the Chalky Finish paint with a bit of water before applying it as before. The darker shade in the middle was made by adding a bit of black acrylic to the light grey for a tonal effect.
The stool didn’t take long to dry. I debated about sealing the top of the paint somehow, but decided to leave it for now. Down the road I may try a spray matt polyurethane if it begins to look worn.
These are my happy colors! I am such a sucker for anything red or grey!
I now have a comfy place to put my feet up while knitting. This is my happy place!
Our kitty loves to sit on the stool and play with my yarn while I knit. I love that! I tried to get her to hold still for a picture, but she would not comply. Darn critter!
I have lots of big news in store for you all, can’t reveal it yet but there are some great things to come that you won’t want to miss!
Did I tell you I was voted out of the So You Think Your Crafty Competition? It was a lot of fun, I am grateful for the opportunity to be in the competition and to have competed for 3 weeks! This project apparently didn’t go over so well! I liked it, to bad! Time to move on!
Have a wonderful day!