August 5, 2012

Refinishing project!

One of the good things about trying to save $$ for an adoption, is that it forces me to find creative ways to get the things I want. Luckily, this isn't too much of a sacrifice since one of the things I love to do is get good deals and one thing I love even more is to get a great deal and turn it into something really adorable and unique.

Granted, having three kids who are constantly in need of something hasn't allowed me to do this as much as I want. But, I sometimes manage to fit in a little project here and there.

I think the most recent one turned out really well, so I thought I'd share.

I have big plans for an "update" to our bedroom. Since this update is purely cosmetic and resulted mostly because I was tired of our dark comforter and dark walls, it will happen slowly, because I will have to get a STEAL on each piece or I won't be able to justify doing it.

I plan on simplifying and getting rid of some larger pieces of furniture. I wanted a small stool to replace one piece. When this ugly but VERY sturdy one popped up at the Habitat Restore for $1, I grabbed it.

It was love at first sight with this decorator fabric from Hobby Lobby. The green and brown matches the new (but purchased 85% off on clearance) duvet cover I got several months ago. And I just love the pattern. Two yards using the 40% off coupon was $13. This gives me enough to recover the stool and make a throw pillow for the bed. staple gun. I think everyone should own a staple gun...they're just so much fun.
I'm also realizing I didn't take very many "during" the project pictures. Anyway, all I did was remove the top of the stool, stretch the new fabric over and staple it on. I didn't remove the old upholstery or add any padding or anything.

Then I used an electric sander with 80 grit sand paper to strip the finish off the base and legs to prep for staining. I often paint things I refinish, but I wanted the wood grain to show through on this one. I used a 150 grit for a final sanding before staining.

I went with Rust-Oleum "Kona" stain because it was as close as I could find to an "espresso" color without being black. Minwax's darkest one looked more like a dark walnut to me. looks black in the picture. Trust me, it's dark brown.
I finished the legs with a coat of polyurethane and reassembled everything.
It doesn't match my living room too well, but after I make some progress in the bedroom, it will be perfect in there.

Stool - $1
Fabric - $6.50 (other half used for pillow)
Stain - $2 (it was $3.96 but it will definitely get used for other projects)
Total: $9.50

It was worth the $9.50 just for the fun I had doing it! I could seriously spend all day doing that kind of thing....maybe someday :)

1 comment:

  1. That looks great! I love the fabric :)

    I'm curious about a few things with your adoption process and would love to send you an e-mail if you don't mind sharing your address? I'd post mine on here, but I'm not sure if you moderate comments...and I don't want my e-mail address just "out there."

    If you don't mind, would you please post a comment on my blog that gives your e-mail address? I moderate my comments and will not post your comment if it includes your e-mail. I'll just get it in my box, see your e-mail address, and delete the comment.

    Please? Maybe? Thank you :)