Reed Stool Update

stool before

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.

stool legs

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.

paint hodgepodge

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.

painting stripes

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.

 

grey and red stripes

 

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!

finished stool

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!

 

 

Milk Crate Fabric Cube

finished fabric cube

Our family runs a very popular dairy house here in Wisconsin. As a result we have oodles of plastic milk crates laying around. We use them for lots of different things (I think we have had some of them since college!). The crates have been used to store shoes, books, tools, frisbees, sewing supplies etc. We have never used them to sit on, but there is a first time for everything.

finished fabric cube-2

This is what the usually look like, just waiting to store more stuff. I like to put my gardening shoes in this one out on the porch, but no more!

This is what it looks like today. Hard to tell it was once an ordinary milk crate.

My husband helped me make this milk crate into a cube that I covered with fabric to use as a stool in our downstairs bathroom. It wasn’t a difficult project, so grab a crate and let’s get started!

 

For this project you will need:

A sturdy plastic milk crate

6 pieces of medium density fiber board, cut into 12″ x 12″ squares

8 pieces of 2″ x 4″, cut into 10″ pieces

A box of 3″ screws

4 medium size castors

1 yard 52″ wide home decor fabric

1 bag any size polyester quilt batting

Staple gun and staples

 

Directions:

Work with the cube right side up, fit the 2″ x 4″ pieces into each corner of the cube on the INSIDE of the plastic. Screw them in place by attaching the screws right through the plastic crate. You may have to drill first, but our screws went in easily without drilling. Then add the rest of the 2″ x 4″ pieces to support the other inside edges of the cube (especially the area where you will sit), screwing them into the plastic crate the same way. Essentially you want to reinforce the plastic cube to make it solid for sitting on. Sorry but my hubby was too quick for me and I missed taking pictures of him putting it together.

The next step is to add the medium density fiber board to the OUTSIDE of the cube. Cover each side with the board, screwing the pieces into the 2″ x 4″ pieces that you added to the inside. Attach the castors in the corner area on the bottom of the cube. The castors are optional, but they help raise the cube to be more of a sitting height.

Spread out your chosen fabric, wrong side up. Place several layers of quilt batting over it, trim to size. Center the finished cube, upside down in the center of the fabric. Working with opposite sides, stretch the fabric over the sides of the cube, stapling it along the bottom edge and trimming away excess fabric and batting as needed. Fold the corner edges so they are smooth and parallel to the sides of the cube’s corner.

This project was fun to make and cost only a few dollars for the supplies. Most of the things we used were just laying around the house. I am a big believer in just using what you have, so if you have to make adjustments, go for it!  I like having a place to sit in the bathroom to put shoes on or polish your toe nails. It’s easy to roll the Cube over to the tub and put your towels on it when soaking in the bath.

 

The bathroom update is is almost complete, I will have more soon!