Stool Makeover

Hubby and I are spending most evenings painting old furniture and hopefully transforming them to be sold and reloved all over again.  We are still new to this and in our eagerness to get working, we often forget to take the necessary “before” pictures.  Many apologies that I don’t have any for this piece, but take it from me, it was a very sad, unloved piano or bedroom stool with an awful tatty seat cover.  I hope you like what I have done with it.

The wood was a very dirty yellow colour, I rubbed it all down and gave it a light coat of white paint, when it was dry I gave it a rub over with light sandpaper.  This revealed some of the original yellow paint underneath and also gave the stool a distressed appearance.    Once I was happy with the appearance I rubbed in some Annie Sloan clear wax to protect.

I covered the seat in a lovely material remnant purchased from my good friend Helen’s ETSY Shop, isn’t it just the perfect match !

More items soon.  If you are interested this piece is available for sale  : ) . 



  1. notSupermum
    September 26, 2011 / 10:38 am

    I love your makeovers, but try and remember the before photos!! That's a gorgeous stool, very elegant.

  2. Karen Jones
    September 26, 2011 / 10:40 am

    Thank you, lol, I know I could kick myself because it really was a grotty stool. Runs off to garage to take pics of all the items waiting to be loved …..

  3. Bee happy
    September 26, 2011 / 10:45 am

    Great job! this looks fantastic, so pretty :)Bee happy xHave a delicious day!

    September 26, 2011 / 10:50 am

    Very well done, the care you have taken is obvious.Do you do 'people' makeovers too!? I think you'll have lots of success with this venture as it is something you already did through love and have an exceptional eye for detail.Lucy

  5. Midlife Singlemum
    September 26, 2011 / 10:52 am

    Love it. I love seeing and reading baout this sort of re-modellikng. Thank you.

  6. Karen Jones
    September 26, 2011 / 10:53 am

    Helen, thank you lovely, not the end of an era, you are just having a little rest. Never say never, just when the time is right. Big hugs lovely lady.

  7. Karen Jones
    September 26, 2011 / 10:54 am

    Bee Happy, thank you for your lovely, smiley comment xx

  8. Alison
    September 26, 2011 / 11:14 am

    Oh this is so pretty.I do love painting old furniture.loveAlisonx

  9. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    September 26, 2011 / 11:16 am

    I can imagine it before – you're so good at this kind of thing! Sadly the piano stool I promised I would make over is still languishing in its original state – but that's because it's in the loft, having been shoved up there with loads of other miscellaneous stuff while we attempt to sell our house. I am storing away the how to's though, for when I get a chance!

  10. Karen Jones
    September 26, 2011 / 11:41 am

    Lucewoman, thank you for your lovely comment, I would really, really love to have a small shop or a space within a shop to sell my stuff, think it needs to be seen and touched : ) xx

  11. Karen Jones
    September 26, 2011 / 11:42 am

    Midlife, thank you for your lovely comment, I love looking at American lifestyle blogs some of the transormations they do are wonderful. Will do a feature soon of some of my favourites. xx

  12. ChrisTea And Cakes
    September 26, 2011 / 6:43 pm

    Simply gorgeous, I'm about to embark on a revamp of an eBay purchased bureau for my son, I only just remembered to take a before shot as my husband was sanding down. Need a sunny day for painting, fingers crossed! 🙂

  13. MilkChic
    September 26, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    Just beautiful! I love that fabric 🙂

  14. Kate
    September 26, 2011 / 7:50 pm

    How much? It is so very lovely

  15. OhSoVintage
    September 26, 2011 / 9:28 pm

    You have created a beautiful swan from an ugly duckling! It is so satisfying to transform an ugly piece of furniture into such a pretty one. The fabric is just right too.Ruth x

  16. Karen Jones
    September 27, 2011 / 12:39 pm

    Hi Kate, it's £38 plus postage xx

  17. Karen Jones
    September 27, 2011 / 12:39 pm

    Oh So Vintage, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am really pleased with the result.

  18. YONKS
    September 27, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    Hello Karen,Nice to meet you, stumbled upon your lovely blog whilst trying to research some cups and saucers I will be adding to my etsy shop. Looks like we have a bit of a passion in common. Love your photos and am really envious of that lovely pastel coloured tea set you found a few months back.Stop by and visit me sometime.DianneYONKS

  19. Patricia Murtagh
    July 31, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    This is gorgeous.. It has probably been bought long ago? Have you any new bedroom stools?

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