I love an easy project and the two I am about to feature are super easy....
They started out with two shabby children's stools and a vision...
I have gotten ahead of my self and started both before I took photos. However you get the shape they were in.
I plugged the holes with wood putty on the two stepper and the other I wiped clean.
I never pass up the book section in the thrift store and will at least glimpse in to the yard sale box of books. Vintage children's books offer up some of the sweetest art work.
Both of these stools were modge podged with vintage children's book pages. No worries they were both in very rough shape so using the salvageable pages did not entail destroying a book.
I was lucky and found pages that had great corresponding colors.
On the two stepper I stenciled the tops of the stools using a Martha Stewart stencil. ( I picked it up at Joann's with a 40% off coupon)It was around 5 bucks. I used a make up sponge to stencil with. WOW...what a great effect easy to apply and the coverage was even. The next time you see some for cheap pick them up they turned out to be a great stencil tool.
Of course I sanded distressed added some black paint to the edges and then put two coats of wax on the steps and one coat on the stool body.
The second stool I simply modge podged the top with a cool book picture of a peacock. When the top had dried over night I put two coats of quick dry poly (with drying time between) and sanded with fine steel wool to knock a bit of the shine off...
The body of the stool I just cleaned off with a damp cloth and waxed with paste wax to preserve the chippy goodness.
I can envision so many uses for these items...beside a chair to hold that stack of magazines...of course in the bath for a step up to the sink..or even a center piece for that next baby shower...
I hope this has inspired you to see that next shabby little stool in a different light.