Upholstered Stool Quick Remake

Upholstered Stool Quick Remake

Friends, for the last few weeks, I have been working on our upcoming move. We are sad to leave the San Francisco Bay Area but excited to discover new destinations!

While cleaning up the garage and getting rid of many unwanted stored items, I found this little stool (photo above) that I had recently purchased at the thrift store for only $5. And as the moving company has clearly warned me that they will not pack any paint or spray paint, I thought I might as well use some left over spray paint on this quick project and have the stool ready for the new house.

Removing the seat was a super easy task.

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But underneath the cambric liner, on the bottom part of the stool, there were signs of mold. Thankfully, the mold was only on the exterior layer of plywood and I took it all off easily with a chisel.

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I gave the stool a fresh coat of white paint and stapled a modern patterned fabric back on.

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To give this stool an extra fresh and crisp look, I added a length of piping around the border of the seat using this no-sew technique: I simply stapled it above the fabric!

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A stool is such a versatile little piece of furniture. It can go in every room of the house as it works for extra sitting, a little side table, or even to simply rest your feet…

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This one is perfect in the girl’s room as grey is the dominant color in this space.

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I have one more project to share from the old house … coming up soon!

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Cute Tassels Made From Broom Bristles

Cute Tassels Made From Broom Bristles

I was cleaning up the garage yesterday and in between the craft supplies I found a bag of leftover broom bristles that I used for this project (or maybe this one?). When I was putting them away, I remember thinking that they would be great for little tassels – perfect hanging from a drawer knob.  With some beads in… Continue Reading

A Mother’s Day Different From All

A Mother’s Day Different From All

Maybe once a year, usually around Mother’s Day or when the lottery hits a jackpot record, I dream of doing something huge for my mother. Does it happen to you too? I’d love to meet my mom in New York, spend the day at The Met and then the night across the street at the Baccarat Hotel.… Continue Reading

Almond Milk Rice Pudding

Almond Milk Rice Pudding

Rice pudding. Sweet, creamy and rich… simply delicious. If you have ever prepared rice pudding at home, then you certainly know this: the amount of time you have to devote in the kitchen, stirring constantly above a hot pan, can exceed 45 minutes! This is why I don’t make rice pudding very often, but when I… Continue Reading

Do-It-Yourself Notecards

Do-It-Yourself Notecards

Looking for a small gift for your girlfriend? A set of notecards with matching envelopes is always a good idea! My inspiration for the ones I made today began with these little garden-themed metal decorative items that I found at the craft store ~ the pack of four was just $1.50. So inexpensive and so cute! Make your own notecards… Continue Reading

How To Grill An Octopus At Home

How To Grill An Octopus At Home

This post is dedicated to my friend Elaine, for her love for octopus and her fear of cooking it. It is also dedicated  to all the past and future customers of Whole Foods Market who patiently stand in line behind me at the seafood department, while I chose the biggest and meatiest octopus, and who ask me in the… Continue Reading

DIY Cleaning Caddy – Perfect for Spring Cleaning!

DIY Cleaning Caddy – Perfect for Spring Cleaning!

If motivation is all you need to start your spring cleaning, this do-it-yourself caddy is so cute and functional that you’ll want to use it right away! It may be made from a simple wooden wine crate, but it is equipped with so many extras that it will let you carry (in the most organized way) everything you need to make each… Continue Reading

Take Out Your Paint Brushes!

Take Out Your Paint Brushes!

Back in September, I sold my daughter’s amazingly restored bedside table and shortly after I somewhat regretted it. At the time, I was overwhelmed by all the furniture that was adding up in the garage and it felt like I couldn’t keep up with the many projects.  But that was then. So, when I recently found this Queen Ann style… Continue Reading

How To Transfer Your Kids’ Drawings On Canvas

How To Transfer Your Kids’ Drawings On Canvas

I’m sure you would agree with me that every single drawing that comes from little hands is precious! However some drawings are simply too beautiful to go on a refrigerator door – they will soon turn dusty and wrinkled and will eventually be thrown away.  For those very special ones, here is an easy way to transfer… Continue Reading

Half Spring Wreath For A Full Spring Mood

Half Spring Wreath For A Full Spring  Mood

The beginning of a new season seems always like the perfect time to decorate the front door with a wreath. The one I made today had to be colorful and happy, a true spring wreath! Its shape is very different from all the wreaths I’ve bought or made in the past, as it’s actually a half wreath hanging from a thick white chain. To… Continue Reading

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