Saturday, August 17, 2013

My old classroom stool . . .



When I was cleaning out my classroom after 24 years at the school, I debated on whether to take the stool with me.

I painted the stool with checks and stars about 15 years ago and had it in the corner of the dining room holding a plant.

When we put in the window seat, there was no room for the stool so off to school it went.

I am glad I didn't leave the stool behind because yesterday I came up with an idea for it.


The stool looks so big in the garden because I had to put it on top of the table to keep Lulu away.


A quick coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Greek Blue and some sanding turned a has been into an updated model.

I love how the white, yellow, and blue show through after sanding.


When I updated our bedroom just 11 days ago, I did not have a little puppy who might knock over a vase of flowers.


The stool sits next to the bed and dried hydrangeas that don't need water make a more practical arrangement.


A basket full of magazines sits on top and books sit on the rungs of the stool.


An old stool . . . a little paint . . .  a new look.

I haven't decided what to do with my green chair.

That is a project for another day.

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42 comments:

Cecilia Bramhall said...

It looks nice and what a good repurpose for it!

Acorn to Oak said...

I love it! What a wonderful transformation! I love the color and it looks great in the room. I love the use of the wire basket for magazines. I keep seeing wire baskets but resist buying them because I can't think of a good use for them. I love this idea! Your blog, crafts and home are always so fun to see and so inspiring. :-)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

What a cute stool!
I'm so glad you didn't leave it behind. I like the arrangement with the basket of books and the dried flowers.
Very practical where the pup is concerned.
Pat

Tricia said...

You chose such a pretty color for your makeover! That stool turned out great :)

Junkchiccottage said...

Love it!!!!!
Kris

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I can see quite clearly that you were and ALWAYS WILL BE, a teacher.

To take a thing of beauty and help to transform it is what a teacher has to do, whether it's for a lesson, a subject, or a person. I LOVE how this stool looks with the Greek blue (what a fabulous color) but then to put it as a table in the room is brilliant.

I LOVE FOLLOWING YOU!

francis said...

Can I put myself in a little box
send it oversea and have you transform ME ......
I wish ........

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cute, cute and you can do so many things with the stool and paint and repaint it like I have mine. :)

Diane said...

Always so clever, Carol! I do like the new paint job, but I love the way you angled the books to fit on the bottom of the stool. Every time I read your blog, I am amazed at your new ideas!

Dawn said...

I love the new paint color and how you are using it. Brilliant idea:)

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Great job! I love the way you've decorated it!

Have a great day.
Pam

Jane Coslick said...

Your blog is wonderful and I love everything. thanks for commenting on my blog . I love your use of color and the beautiful art.

chateau chic said...

So glad you didn't leave the stool in your classroom. Love the color and the height of it. Great idea stacking the books on the rungs! I know I'll be using that idea for sure.
Mary Alice

Kathy said...

This is perfect in your redecorated bedroom. I think I like it even better than the green chair. I like the wire basket for the magazines, too. Gosh, you fill my head with ideas.

LisaS said...

I like the chalk paint affect.

Susie said...

That is such a wonderful use of a perfectly good little stool. It has memomries for you too. xoxo,Susie

Poppy said...

Carol, you always have JUST the right idea for each of your projects and your classroom stool, with its new Greek Blue and older hues is no exception! It almost looks like a little sailboat is showing through in one of the pics!:) Pretty and practical! Thanks for sharing!

Poppy

Jann Olson said...

Carol, I love how the other colors show through also. So glad that you didn't leave it behind! Love it with the books and the wire basket. Perfection my dear!
hugs,
Jann

bobbie said...

Brilliant!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love the stool...and wow 24 years at school..what an accomplishment!..the stool serves so many wonderful purposes...great job and thanks so much for your lovely comment regarding my feature at Must Love Junk!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It came out so pretty!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

So cute. I love your house and had to share on my FB page.

Vicky Hunt said...

Love it Carol and what sweet memories you must have when you look at it. I love the blue and love even more how the original paint job peeks through! It looks great beside your bed with the wire basket on top! Can you please come decorate my house? LOL...:)

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Melanie said...

Good thing that you rescued your stool! I remember when one of my cats was a kitten; he was c-r-a-z-y. He was so wild and knocked over anything that wasn't secured.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

A beautiful new look!

must love junk said...

Oh, I love the stool makeover, and the vignette on it!! Great job!
Now you and Lulu are happy :)
Susan

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

that is an incredible idea to use the stool as nightstand. Love the books resting on the bottom part. That is quite genius

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love the blue and thanks so much for the idea of using it for a nightstand. I have one bought at Walmart that I'd never get rid of because my mom bought it for me. Yours turned out fantastic.

My Garden Diaries said...

Hey you!!! Holy cow is that AWESOME!!!! It is rustic and beautiful all at once!! And I have never thought to put a tray in a stool like that! Brilliant!!! I am laughing because I seriously think that my boring old stool got left behind when I took my leave with my first...to think I could have rocked something like this out! Now I know!!! Have a lovely week!!!

Barbara said...

I love your ideas! I would never have thought of using a stool for a bedside table but it works brilliantly and looks really nice.

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I love this repurpose!

Miss LindaLee said...

Where did you find the Annie Sloan Chalk paint? I've looked for it in this area and cannot find it. I love the finished stool. Perfect. As always, I enjoyed your post. You're so creative.

Kadee Willow said...

Look at you, clever girl!! Always coming up with new ways to use something that once had a different function! Being a magazine collector/hoarder, I love the metal basket holding issues to peruse while deciding on whether it's time to get up in the morning, or not! I haven't ventured beyond the neutrals in AS paint, but I love seeing others use it. Such a pretty color and perfect for your home!

Rettabug said...

That really turned out neat, Carol! Yay, YOU, for retiring after 24+ years of teaching. You seem to be filling your time beautifully.
I must be one of the few people left who have not tried AS paint. I really like how your stool turned out with it.

fondly,
Rett

Stacey said...

Sweet. I love the stool being used as a pretty little resting spot next to the bed. You are so beautifully creative.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Great idea for the stool and it looks perfect right there! I just love how you have the several different items displayed on it.

Now all that you need is a kitten. It could jump into the basket and bat the hydrangeas around, torturing Lulu who would want to play with the kitten...

:)

20 North Ora said...

The little stool turned out really nice! Perfect for where you put it!

Judy

Anne said...

What a pretty transformation! That color is gorgeous!
xx
Anne

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I think Little Lulu turns out to be great decorating helper!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Love how you updated the stool! So nice to have something special from all of those years of hard work! Ahhhh, a puppy....a playful, knock stuff over and trample the flowers puppy! So much love to give! You have adjusted well, and even have adapted your decorating I love it!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

That Greek Blue is so beautiful! It looks great in the new bedroom decor. I have a new kitten that is driving me crazy knocking things over. But animal cuteness prevails...

Carla said...

Nice change for the stool and the location. Now like how you used the rungs to hold the books.