Thursday, October 18, 2012

DIY Industrial~look Painted Wood Stool

Do you ever have a time when it's hard to be creative? You know that you want to build or paint or sew or craft but your mind just can't get kick started. So you go to town and purchase more items for more projects that's on your ever-growing wish list of things to get done. Then you go to antique shops and browse until you find some item that just has to come home with you that needs a little love and attention. Only to still not be sure of which project you want to tackle first. Please tell me I'm not alone here!
I haven't wanted to do anything real technical lately or too many steps, and frankly I need to clean up my sewing area before I can ever begin to get on projects that require lots of flat space for material to be laid out.
So in the end, I decided to re-do a $3.00 stool that I got at a garage sale a couple of years ago that has just been sitting in the workshop.
Here's what I started with
Huge difference from what I ended up with.
 In the end, I love how it turned out. Here's the steps that I did to create my Industrial looking Stool.

 After sanding all the wood~I then primed the bottom section.

What I had envisioned for the legs of the stool turned out exactly like I wanted. They have a rusty look to them that was achieved by mixing and blending different colors of paint. Just like the method I did when I painted the Fall pumpkins. I think that I will call this my "Blend and Stroke" method. 
 One leg done~Three more to go
Here are the finished legs. I love the flow of the colors that I used. Speaking of colors, what I used were an assortment of reds,pink,green,cream,orange, brown and gold for highlighting

For the top, I painted a flat black. I absolutely love the contrast of the shine on the legs with the flat black. I had something else in mind for the top but I'm glad I changed my thoughts. For the legs I applied several coats of Minwax Polycrylic.

I love how it turned out ~ What do you think?
For some reason the stool looks squaty to me in this picture, it actually isn't as short as it appears.
I really had fun with this project. It was one of those times that I just let my imagination go wild. To just go with the flow of things. Remember, I didn't want anything technical so this was the perfect item/project for me to do.
Now my little stool will be proudly displayed in our home, not hidden in the workshop, probably sitting by a window holding a plant on top.

Have you tried any new techniques for painting lately?
Be brave and just "Go for it"! 
You might be pleasantly surprised with what you create. 

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  1. I have two wood stools that look just like your primed stool, and I want to paint them, but haven't decided how! I'm kind of scare of mixing colors like you did, I usually end up with a big jumbled mess!
    I love the metallic-rusty feeling you gave it! It looks great with the black top!

  2. I absolutely love the after! That is such a unique finish you came up with, and the black top is perfect with it.

  3. Oh, my goodness...just did good, girl.

  4. Mom this turned out awesome, I love it! The after has so much personality. You did a fantastic job. :)

    Love you,

  5. Wow!! That turned out fantastic!! Love the transformation.

  6. very nice, like the flat black on top!

  7. This is gorgeous, Jana--I love all the layers of color in the legs, and the contrast with the flat black top. I think it would be perfect in a steampunk-style office that I am mentally envisioning for my hubby's workspace!

  8. Ohhh I love it too! What a great finish. Thanks for sharing Jana:)

  9. Fantastic job on this! So much depth to it. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. What you said in the beginning about going out and buying more stuff then still not starting -- YES! I do that too! I have half of the items I need finished to do my fall dining room decorating laying out on my dining table right now, but I am stuck! I must just go ahead and get after it tomorrow, like you did with your stool. -- Min

  11. I love it!!! The color is just beautiful. I have a bread box that I worked on and stuck it back in the closet. Still waiting on the motivation. LOL A job very well done. Thanks so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent. I love seeing your great creative projects. :)

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