Anytime and every time I come across a stool I always stand there staring at it wondering and deciding if I have any room to take it home with me. I have a little bit of a problem with chairs, stools and yarns, wait, add fabrics to that too. These are the top items I always have a hard time walking away from.
This little stool came home with me. I am not into animal prints though so I decided I would have fun with this one when up-cycling it and just get really creative adding whatever I wanted. Isn’t that the funnest part to up-cycling? Just the whole process of re-purposing something anyway you want. Kind of like you are the designer in a huge factory but the piece you are working on will be a one of kind.
First thing I did was add this stool to my pile of future projects to do later when I had some free time out in the garden. The garden is where I work on most of my projects. No worries if I spill paint or make a mess, it’s all outside so easy clean up. My regular followers have heard this enough but for any new visitors stopping by thought I add a helpful tip for all you other up-cyclers out there. Just take it outside.
When I finally had time to redo this tiny stool I decided to take off all the fabric first and that is when I discovered this little stool had been up-cycled before. There was fabric under the animal print. It was remade to match the decades of trends out there from the 80’s to the 90’s and now in the 21st century.
I love the whimsical, so for my stool I decided to make it very colorful. It may seem a little too colorful for some but I am always one to treat that inner child in me. I was also going to use my stool as a plant stand for my succulents. When I buy some more that I need to replace the ones I killed. I am stubborn, I am not giving up on those succulents.
After removing all the fabric I decided to paint it.
I painted it white so whatever fabric I picked would be very bright and stand out against the contrast of the white.
I found some really fun vintage fabric from the 60’s-70’s? (not sure the exact date) I loved the blues and greens of the pattern design on this fabric.
I decoupaged the fabric onto the stool.
Then I glued some vintage red ribbon around the trim. I added a little more whimsical by gluing on some laced ruffles.
The colors, the little ruffled skirt and the fabric pattern to me represent the innocence of childhood and the cheerful nature of little girls. That inner child in me was very pleased.
Hope you all liked this month’s dollar day do over.
Remember to shop second hand as much as possible and re-purpose those items that may be headed to the dump. Nothing wrong with shopping for new items now and then, just make sure to make those items count. There are too many short term shopping fixes and trends that we all could cut back on to help out with the waste on this beautiful planet we call Earth. The planet thanks you for it Living simply is the best for everyone. And every now and then treat that inner child in you and have some fun.Happy up-cycling everyone.