A Stool Cover Update – Confessions of a Hoarder Part 1

People wonder why Furniture Artists and Crafters hoard. There is a reason. The perfect scenario would be that the hoard was organized. But that is for another day and another post. But the reason is the unbelievable beauty that can come from not selling, giving, or throwing everything away is priceless.

This post came about through hoarding. Lol. This is the first in a series of posts that chronicles a complete deck makeover that all started with a deck rug. Yep! My son didn’t want it, although all it needed was a good cleaning so we said, “Sure, we’ll take it!” Just like Mikey in the old commercial who would eat anything, we will take anything, especially when it is free. After all, we have a basement, a shed, and two storage units. šŸ¤Ŗ But, this post is all about a stool cover makeover, Part 1 of the series.

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One corner of our deck gets a good amount of shade. It’s a nice place to sit and read a book and watch the world go by. We had bought a couple of cool chairs last year and painted them a neutral blush color, thinking they would sell in a heartbeat. They didn’t. So….we kept them…stored in one of our units. We then decided why not use them ourselves? After all, I really liked them. Lol And that’s why we have a beautiful little reading nook on our deck. We moved the deck rug we’ve had a couple of years there because we were given another one to use (stay tuned for Part 2 of this series of hoarding confessions).

As I was reading there one day, I thought it would be nice if I had a stool to prop my feet on while I read. I just happened to have one in my basement I’ve had for years but wasn’t using. But it needed a new cover. No problem!

One day, when staging a piece of furniture I was painting, I needed a throw pillow. I took a piece of painters drop cloth (washed and dried it to make it a soft fabric) then used a French postcard stamper and Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style Paint (the brand we own and produce) and stamped all over the piece. I then used a stencil and stenciled a bird on a branch on it. I wrapped it around a pillow and pinned it in place, took my photo, then took the cover off and stored it with my other fabric. (Hoarders do organize sometimes.)

I retrieved that piece and my stool and quickly made a new cover. The back is not pretty but won’t show and I will probably cover it with a piece of contact paper because it will be somewhat waterproof.

And then … I just used more of our chalk-style paint and free hand painted over the stencil. Soooo easy! I just followed the lines of the stencil and filled it in.

I plan on leaving this stool outside. It is old and way too much trouble to carry it in every day, so I ordered this waterproofing spray I found on Amazon. Not sure if it works, but it is worth a try!

And now, my reading nook has a foot stool for one of the chairs. šŸ™‚ And I just noticed, with the tea cart and the mini fire pit ball (looking like a coach and pumpkin) the blue bird and the chair, it almost looks like a nod to Cinderella! It’s a magical space now for sure! šŸ’•

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