Friday, February 19, 2016

Pastel DIY wooden stool

Okay I think this may be my best stool yet - hurrah! I was a little scared to sit on it but Ben tested it out, full weight and all, giving it a two thumbs up. I think it might be similar to sewing something when you're not super confident in your stitches and you become fearful the whole thing will fall apart when you wear it :p Despite personally avoiding sitting on this stool (just yet) it has been diligently supporting my bathroom supplies for at least a week now with no issue :)

Diy wooden pastel stool - bathroom

I ended up coating it with a satin vanish, I didn't really want to because I love the raw wood look but knowing it was going to live in a wet location, aka the bathroom and seeing how the paint on the legs chipped in its previous carnation, I decided that varnish was a sensible choice. If someone can recommend a sealer that doesn't leave a sealed look let me know! I also went to town with the sanding and the filling, it was a labour of love which took around three weeks on and off. Colour choice was hard but whilst looking through our paint collection a can of pastel pink stood out to me :)  I also left the upper legs the same colour from before but touched them up before applying the sealer.


I dug up these old photos above to show the stool's crazy progression! It actually started out as the $5 bucket stool challenge. I think I really mixed the cement wrong (too dry I'm guessing) because it literally started to crumble (not cool!). So I did a dramatic smashing of the stool and saved the legs. I then, had this awesome idea of how I would attach a wood top instead.


Don't copy this idea :p I probably should have googled it or listened to Ben "are you sure that's going to work?" because it didn't work, well it did for 6 months or so but was definitely not sturdy and started to degrade! The new stool is awesome though, because like my previous stool I actually drilled into the wood and this time at a slight angle.


Maybe next time I might make the angle a little on the lesser side but hey, it's all a learning process and it's been super fun.  It was also warming to get to take a picture of my three completed stools together side by side complete with a photobomb from Peaches.



I've got a few nice branches to make another stool but no top yet - there's been talk of Ben buying me a chainsaw as a gift :) :)


Here's a link to helpful guide to get you started on your own stool making!

8 comments:

  1. These are wicked, well done you! They look sooooooooo cute together and I would definitely love one of them in my home. <3

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    1. I was definitely excited to get a photo of them altogether - you should give stool making a go :) I think the biggest problem is you do need to have a few tools, mainly a drill and some sort of saw, power sander is also helpful - okay, now I'm writing that out the set up is a little expensive/annoying but you end up with cute stools :) :)

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  2. Adorable. I definitely prefer the wooden top.

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    1. wooden top for the win! I think it's also the most sturdy for sure, although the other 5 dollar bucket stools I've seen on the internet, seem to be amazingly sturdy so it was probably just a me fail on that one!

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  3. These are amazing. I love them and would love to try it for myself!! Inspired!!

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    1. Oh yay you so should Jane!!!! The site I linked in my last stool is definitely the best practical guide I found :)

      http://www.grit.com/farm-and-garden/do-it-yourself/diy-wooden-stools-zm0z14mazreg.aspx

      (might go add that link to this post as well!)

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  4. I'd want one of those in my bathroom. too awesome Fee! you are always so inspiring x

    Sharon

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