DIY white stool makeover

Although I no longer paint or renovate furniture for a living, I still enjoy an occasional project.  When I saw two badly decoupaged wooden stools in a local Devon charity shop I knew they would be a quick and easy DIY painting project.

The before pic

First task is for hubby to dismantle the stools to enable him to easily remove the awful paper. 

So when I said a quick and easy makeover, I did of course mean with the help of the husband !

A quick sand removes all that awful paper in minutes and reveals the lovely wood beneath.

Doesn’t that look better.  I did consider leaving them unpainted but unfortunately they have four ugly screws that really spoil the top of the stools.  Time to get painting, white of course.

First coat.  We always use good quality trade paints.   They are far more cost effective and cut down on the need for multiple coats, cover really effectively and are hard wearing.

Looking good.  Leave them to dry for a few hours.

A light sand to give a lovely soft finish and a look of natural wear and now just have to put them together again .

When the screws are put back into the stool they do not really give the finished look I like.   You can either paint them or as we do, fill with Polyfilla.  This gives a smooth finish and you won’t see the screw head.

Once filled, I leave them to dry for a few hours, give the stool a quick rub down again to smooth over the polyfilla and maybe a touch of wax and there we have it.  All done.

All done and ready to sell on

distressed them a little bit as it gives them a little “character”



  1. Shingle Cottage
    April 12, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    You did a lovely job between you Karen,they look great! x

  2. Shingle Cottage
    April 12, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    You did a lovely job between you Karen,they look great! x

    • karen jones
      April 12, 2016 / 6:16 pm

      Thank you Krissie. I nearly didn't pick them up in the charity shop because I thought it would be too difficult to get that paper off but I should have known better. My husband is a super star ! xx

  3. Pippa
    April 12, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    Wow, great effort! They look beautiful with the grey chair as well x

  4. karen jones
    April 12, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Thank you Pippa. The grey rocker was a fantastic bootsale find. I love it as it is. x

  5. Midlife Singlemum
    April 13, 2016 / 6:18 am

    For one awful second I thought the before picture at the top was the after picture. LOL, I should have known. They look really lovely now.

    • karen jones
      April 13, 2016 / 6:39 am

      ha, nooooo can you imagine ! The decoupage was truly shocking. Thank you again for your lovely post on your blog the other day, I was truly touched xx

  6. Cate
    April 13, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Wow these look so much better, if I had seen these in a charity shop I wouldn't have looked twice or thought of upcycling them but you make it look easy 🙂

    • karen jones
      April 13, 2016 / 4:12 pm

      tHANKS cate, we love a challenge ! but actually its easier than it looks and the wood was great quality x

  7. Molly and the Princess
    April 15, 2016 / 9:03 am

    Great job Karen (and hubby!) Like Cate said, I wouldn't have touched them with a barge pole, but that is your talent – seeing potential in the most unlikely of things 🙂

  8. Katy Orme
    April 18, 2016 / 11:09 am

    Great job! Can you pop round and do a couple of similar projects for me?! 😉 x

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