When Miss E and I visited Mum and Dad in Canberra a few months ago, Mum took me for a rummage through their garage. She pulled out the sweetest little step stool and held it up. I saw this at a fete the other week and thought of you … it’ll probably need painting, but would you like it? Would I ever … does my mother know me or what! I had been looking for a little step stool for my daughter to use in the bathroom. She’s currently using a small child’s chair to reach the sink … this is a much better size. Structurally the stool is in great shape. Although the top had been replaced at some stage with a piece of dark brown plywood. Nothing a coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint can’t hide.
Here is the before photo. As you can see it has sweet little turned legs painted in a great vintage off-white, although shabbied up! You can’t see the top very well, but trust me it’s dark brown veneer … which has neither shabby or vintage appeal.
While I loved the colour, the paint was flaking off. So I started by giving the whole piece a good sand with medium grade sandpaper, about 120 grit. I then wiped the whole piece down with a mirco-fiber cloth and finished by washing it with a solution of grime remover and water … I like using Sugar Soap.
To paint the top, I started by using an all-in-one primer-sealer. I wasn’t sure exactly what the top was made of and I wanted to make sure the ASCP adhered to the surface. I also wanted to try out this type of sealer, as I plan on using it when I paint a really neat set of nesting tables.
Here is a better view of the top after I applied the sealer. As you can see it’s pretty rough, but I am going for a shabby look after all and it should paint up nicely.
I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. Allow to dry for about 4-5 hours in-between each coat. I was really pleased with the way the top came up … none of the brown showed through.
Turn the tin upside for about an hour before painting as all the “good stuff” tends to sink to the bottom over time. Finish by giving the paint a good stir.
I allowed 24 hours for the paint to cure. I then distressed the stool with medium-fine grade sandpaper … about 180 grit. I was fairly heavy handed with the distressing. I loved how the legs looked after I sanded them back to remove the flakey paint. However, I didn’t want that much distressing on the top. So I struck a happy medium to ensure the overall look of the piece was cohesive.
I finished with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax. I applied the wax with an old white T-shirt, working it into the paint. I allowed the wax to cure for 24 hours and buffed to a shine with some very fine steel wool (000 grade), followed by a clean piece of lint-free cloth.
I’m so pleased with how this little stool turned out … Mum was so completely on my wave length when she spotted this piece. Thanks Ma!
For some more shaby chic inspiration, please visit my Pinterest board “Vintage Ideas & Style”
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