Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Stained Stool - UPDATE

Welcome back everyone! And Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas vacation. My kids went back to school today so it's time to start regular posts again.

It's kind of the little stool that could...I started off by giving you guys some sneak peeks here...let's get a refresher. The stool started off like this...

Again, this was a hand-me-down from my neighbor so I really wanted to keep it a "free" project. I sanded off the finish, stained the top and painted the legs white (with paint I already had) and added a stain to distress. Then, I put it in between the chairs I got from Target. Online. With a gift card (equals FREE). Oh yeah. I would love to put a little round table in there someday, and I'm on the hunt for something thrifty but for now, this will work. Since it was a stool it had a little dip in the top for a seat so I needed to get something to make it more table-like.  

Enter Ikea. Love that place. I wanted to get a huge tray, with handles and add a lamp or something but then I thought to myself, "self...why would you want to cover all that hard work and pretty stained top???" And then I said, " do NOT want to cover that up. Not for a million years." So I found this little tray and plant and brought that home to try out.

And I'm sorta diggin' it. The tray is pretty tiny, but it does the trick and hides the little dip in the seat. I might end up painting the tray, though--what do you guys think?? And the plant is cute and given I have all that stuff on the shelf right above it, the height factor really doesn't make it look ridiculous.

All of these items also have the bonus of being super kid-friendly, so I don't have to worry about the kids knocking stuff over and breaking anything. The tray is plastic, the metal bucket already has a ding in it (found in the "as-is" section for a whopping $.50) and the plant is fake.

Let's just take a moment to admire those chairs, shall we? I got them with a buy-one-get-one-half-off deal and they are my favorite items in the house. Which means they don't go with anything else in the house so they have to stick it out together until I can slowly (but surely) replace some pieces. 

Anyone else not hit their decorating style until late in life? 


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