Snapped up these grubby stools at the thrift store a while back on half price day. The SEATS were worthless! Cracked and peeling Formica covered particle board. YUK!! But I saw POTENTIAL in those sturdy and rusty bases. Flipped one over to see if the seats were easily removable; and they were just screwed on. SOLD!!
My FIRST thought was to cut new stool tops out of wood and add padding and fabric for some comfy upholstered seats. OR a bigger round wood top and make them into little occasional tables. BUT, it seems like the round tables I’ve made in the past took a LONG time to sell, so I decided to go with SQUARE table tops; which Michael cut and attached for me.
I decided to paint them ‘as a set’ so they could be used together as one big coffee table. But I didn’t want them to HAVE to be sold as a set. I painted them my signature beachy blue color, gave them a good sanding; then got out a small detail brush and just started ‘playing’. First painting one loooooooooooooooong swirl that went across all three tables.
Then I worked on each table individually; adding more swirls and oval shaped leaves. Still needed a little more ‘oomph’; so I added some dots. Using the end of a wood dowel dipped into paint, and making FIVE dots with each ‘dip of paint’. This way, each dot in the series of five, gradually gets smaller as there is less and less paint on your dowel.
They really look BEST when spaced a few inches apart, but I don’t have the room to do that at Stars.
They are for sale in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon; for $29.00 each.