Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Before and After

Before (weird cheap Target vanity stool... with stained seat):

After:


I'm really excited about this project. I've been reading a lot of decorating blogs of late and am always impressed with what these ladies can do with a little spray paint and fabric. It's made me a bit jealous of their ingenuity and their eye for seeing the diamond in the rough. I feel like I just don't have that. But I started thinking about it. Trying to rationalize that spray paint can't be that hard... can it? So I bought some and then shelved them not having the courage to risk ruining something. And then one day I noticed... fully noticed... maybe for the first time Kid's weird vanity stool that she uses as a chair for her desk in our family room. It looks awful there but it's the right height so I've just let it go. So the other night when I was looking at it I realized "I hate that stool... I can't ruin it!" And I couldn't have if I tried. It was ugly from day one.

So I thought I'd use the red paint I've had sitting around hoping for the courage to use. And I borrowed a scrap of cute fabric (is that not the cutest?!) I'd bought for making skirts with.

And Ta Da! This project took about 20 minutes for the spray painting (I did two coats) and 15 or so for recovering the seat. And both of those were surprisingly easy to do. I just stapled the new fabric on with Mr F's staple gun. I'm sure with a little practice I could do something similar in even less time. I do love a quick, nearly instant gratification, style project.

Kid saw it and said "Oh Mommy I love it."

Then a minute later...

"What happened to my white chair?"

There were some tears after that.

9 comments:

sara said...

Mrs. Furious,

You totally pimped out that stool. Amazing. You could start a small business enhancing blah-looking furniture. For reals.

-SawSaw

Kelly said...

Nce. Very nice.

Elizabeth said...

oh its so cute!!

Miss Theresa said...

Looks great! I wish I could be crafty!

Mrs Furious said...

SawSaw,
Aw thanks...
I'm not sure... those were not close up shots ;) This was my first time spray painting and there is definitely a learning curve.

Kelly,
thanks... I'm very happy with it. It's the stool Kid uses at her desk and it did not go with anything and looked terrible. It's still not the right stool for the desk but it looks 100 times more intentional!

Elizabeth,
denki

Miss Theresa,
I never thought I could pull something like this off. But I've been reading a lot of design blogs and I've been trying to think what I could try that I wouldn't mind totally ruining if it went bad. I'm pretty surprised that it wasn't that hard.

BsOnlyToots said...

Great craftyness!

P/F said...

Paint Therapy! So much fun. Our ACO hardware has a sale on spray paint this week - so I'm heading out tomorrow to see what I can do for the poor little shelves I found a couple of weeks ago.

Deb said...

I have some dogs that need to be redecorated... would you be available after Labor Day?

Kiki said...

Oh yeah, that is really great...love the color and whimsical fabric!!! Mrs. F you have a gift!!!

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