Two-step stool with DRAWER

A little DRAWER in a step stool?!?!?  I love that!

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This sweet little stool really didn’t ‘need’ to be made over at all . . . it was in perfect condition; but you know me!!!  I can never leave well enough alone!

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I removed the drawer knob and gave the whole thing a good sanding.

Some aqua paint and more sanding to distress.  Another ‘perfect piece’ to use one of my little aqua ceramic rose knobs on!!

And off to my booth at Stars it goes!

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Great little piece for adding height to displays in my booth (while it lasts!)

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Here’s a little peek at some of the other new stuff in my booth:

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Ceramic and stoneware bunny dishes.

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Covered duck tureens and a tiny duck pitcher.

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Vintage metal plant stand set up as a serving station.

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One of my ‘yard wreaths’ (hand crafted using twigs, bark and moss collected from my yard)

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A new batch of small frames; some with glass and backings, some without.

A couple more vintage crystal lamps with NEW Paris script shades.

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How adorable is this box of vintage cocktail forks!?!?!  (Sorry about the glare!  I had to wrap the box in plastic wrap to be sure none of the forks ‘went missing’)

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Stop on by if you haven’t been at Stars in a while.  LOTS of new stuff in my booth  . . . and throughout the entire mall!

Updated with old book pages . .

P1170308Finally got this itty bitty chest made over.

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I spray painted it with black because I wanted to see how well the chickens would cover.  Not too well!

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So I had to pull the handles off with pliers, then applies some vintage book pages inside the moulding on the drawers and the top.  Then glued the knobs back on.

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It’s really just ‘wee thing’; but little things with drawers always sell well.

P1170889I also covered a stool top with old book pages.  I just use my matte varnish to adhere the paper to the surface of furniture when I do this.  Then give it a couple more coats for durability.

P1170896An 8″ x 10″ oak frame painted a yellowish-ivory color, distressed and stained with my good ole RL tobacco stain.

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And while I was playing with old book pages, I decided to cover the inside of this tray!

P1170900Pretty good color match eh?  (those wrinkles in the paper will ‘go away’ after it cures a little longer)

P1170899On to the next project!

Another step stool

P1150091This is the second one of these that I’ve found recently.  My intention was to keep this second one for myself.

P1150116Painted it aqua, distressed it and was going to call it good; but decided to add a design to this one since I had left the first one plain.

P1150119I use my orbital sander for all the distressing on pieces like this.

P1150117Since it’s going to be getting stepped on a LOT, I gave it  TWO coats of varnish to extra durability.

P1150136I liked it SO much more than the plain white one that I decided to put this one in my booth at Stars and bring the white one home for me to use.  Price is $ 24.00.

P1120169And it’s albino twin has come home to live with me!

Recent projects

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 049Cute little faux snake-skin bag I found on clearance at Ross (on Senior discount day of course!)

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 048Really a perfect size for toting scrapbook supplies in!

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 I stenciled on PARIS and attached the felt chandelier tag.  Took me about 5 minutes.

2.12.13 etsy projects 018BIG ole basket!  I think this one came to me via a friend wha had picked it up at a garage sale because it was filled with all kinds of sewing trims and lace.  The basket WAS covered with floral fabric.  I took the fabric off ages ago, kept the trim I could use, and tossed the rest in the donate pile.  Then the basket was just a ‘catch all’ in my craft room for a while.

2.12.13 etsy projects 025I’ve been starting to ‘think spring’ as far as my projects go, so I just dry brushed it white.  I think I have another old white wicker basket with a lid that this one will stack nicely on top of in my booth.  Maybe fill it with throw pillows?

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 051Know what this is????  It’s an old calendar holder!  Been seeing a LOT of these at thrift stores lately and passed them up for lack of knowing what the neck to DO with them.  Michael brought this one home so I decided to experiment.

2.12.13 etsy projects 022Looking at it laying on a table, it reminded me of a TRAY.  So I set about to turning it into a tray.  First I painted and distressed it; then added handles to the ends.

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While I had my PARIS stencil out for the snake-skin case, I used it for this too; then also added a little fleur de lis emblem.

2.12.13 etsy projects 021Distressed a little bit again and varnished.  Trays always seem to sell well for me in my booth.

2.12.13 etsy projects 024Forgot the before picture for this one.  It was a brick red with paint spilled on it.   Gave it a good sanding, painted it my beachy blue color.

2.12.13 etsy projects 023Then stenciled on this diamond pattern, and a quick coat of varnish on the top.  This one did NOT get distressed because I didn’t care for the red paint showing through.  I could have sanded more of the red paint off and/or painted on a primer.  But sometimes ‘time is money’ and when you are making things to sell you need to be careful how much time you spend on a ‘small ticket’ item.  Besides, not everyone loves the distressed look!

2.12.13 etsy projects 030Another little step stool that I didn’t get a ‘before’ photo of.  It had purple legs and a white top with some kiddie pictures on it.  Sanded the top, painted the whole thing white.

2.12.13 etsy projects 029And I had this chandelier stencil out using it to make some plaques, it was a perfect fit for the top of this stool.  Again, I varnished the top only.

2.12.13 etsy projects 069Here are the chandelier plaques I made using the same stencil.  I took one of these to Stars, and the rest are in my etsy shop.