DIY white stool makeover




Although I no longer paint or renovate furniture for a living, I still enjoy an occasional project.  When I saw two badly decoupaged wooden stools in a local Devon charity shop I knew they would be a quick and easy DIY painting project.



The before pic



First task is for hubby to dismantle the stools to enable him to easily remove the awful paper. 


So when I said a quick and easy makeover, I did of course mean with the help of the husband !


A quick sand removes all that awful paper in minutes and reveals the lovely wood beneath.



Doesn't that look better.  I did consider leaving them unpainted but unfortunately they have four ugly screws that really spoil the top of the stools.  Time to get painting, white of course.


First coat.  We always use good quality trade paints.   They are far more cost effective and cut down on the need for multiple coats, cover really effectively and are hard wearing.


Looking good.  Leave them to dry for a few hours.



A light sand to give a lovely soft finish and a look of natural wear and now just have to put them together again .


When the screws are put back into the stool they do not really give the finished look I like.   You can either paint them or as we do, fill with Polyfilla.  This gives a smooth finish and you won't see the screw head.


Once filled, I leave them to dry for a few hours, give the stool a quick rub down again to smooth over the polyfilla and maybe a touch of wax and there we have it.  All done.


All done and ready to sell on



distressed them a little bit as it gives them a little "character"



11 comments

  1. You did a lovely job between you Karen,they look great! x

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  2. You did a lovely job between you Karen,they look great! x

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    1. Thank you Krissie. I nearly didn't pick them up in the charity shop because I thought it would be too difficult to get that paper off but I should have known better. My husband is a super star ! xx

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  3. Wow, great effort! They look beautiful with the grey chair as well x

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  4. Thank you Pippa. The grey rocker was a fantastic bootsale find. I love it as it is. x

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  5. For one awful second I thought the before picture at the top was the after picture. LOL, I should have known. They look really lovely now.

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    1. ha, nooooo can you imagine ! The decoupage was truly shocking. Thank you again for your lovely post on your blog the other day, I was truly touched xx

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  6. Wow these look so much better, if I had seen these in a charity shop I wouldn't have looked twice or thought of upcycling them but you make it look easy :)

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    1. tHANKS cate, we love a challenge ! but actually its easier than it looks and the wood was great quality x

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  7. Great job Karen (and hubby!) Like Cate said, I wouldn't have touched them with a barge pole, but that is your talent - seeing potential in the most unlikely of things :)

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  8. Great job! Can you pop round and do a couple of similar projects for me?! ;) x

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