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Friday, February 22, 2013

Office Redo - Pull up a vintage stool!

Slowly but surely I am working on the Office!!! 
 Life has a way of changing our plans almost daily!!  
But I wouldn't change a thing. 
As busy and hectic as my life has been lately I have been shown how much my Heavenly Father loves me and is aware of my heart!  
This has given me renewed strength to go on, and go on with a happy peaceful feeling!!  

OK, I got off subject a little,
 but just need to share! 

 Today, I want to talk about the need for extra seating. 
 If you recall I recovered a beautiful office chair for moi,
 but usually I am not alone in my office. 
 Yes, my family seems to follow me from room to room. 
 (Does this happen to you?
 I knew they would come so I had better have a place for them to sit.  
There is not much room so I didn't want a chair.  Visually and physically it would be in the way. 
 My first plan was to make a square stool/ottoman that could be pushed partly under the front opening of my desk.  Something like the photo below only covered in a great yellow, blue and green print.

I had a hard time figuring how I wanted to make it for some reason.
  It was just a box, but I just wasn't feeling it. 
 While measuring a chair for the right height measurement Inspiration struck!!

  (Sounds painful but it's not!)

So, although I had most of the supplies for my square ottoman, I also had a free chair!!  
Let me explain.  
A few years ago I pulled these two ladder back rattan chairs out of a dumpster. 
 I was just driving by and saw two perfectly good looking chairs with lots of character. 
 Free for the taking!!  
What's a girl to do, beside pull them out of the dumpster and throw them in her car!

Only problem was when I got them home and sat in them. 
 If you are a board you will love to sit in these chairs. 
 The back goes straight up!! 
 These chairs are great to teach you how to sit up sttrraaiigghhtt!!
(Do you get the idea?)

But now inspiration had struck! 
Here is the vision I was seeing in my head!!

When I told Les my great idea we had a little difference of opion of where to cut it. 
 He thought it would look better if we left part of the back.  So I agreed to try that first and laid the chair up on the chopping block.  
But it still caused your back to go straight up and I just didn't like the look. 
 Les liked it and voted to leave it this way, but nicely said do what you want!! 
 Magic words to me!!  
Thanks honey!! 
 Two more cuts and I was happy.  

Now, I just had to make the back posts look like the front posts.

  Helloooo  sander!!

After sanding the post round I taped off the rattan seat and got to spray painting.  I knew I wanted a vintage look so I rubbed a wax candle on a few spots before I started painting.  A coat of primmer followed by a few coats of  Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze, and I was ready to distress it. 
 Just a gentle sanding over the waxed spots and the original red paint started peaking through!!!

Here's a before and after!!

Here are some close ups.  I love the chippy paint.

I wanted it to feel like I found this really old stool. 
 I really like how it turned out. 
 I'm thinking about doing the same thing with the second chair only painting it yellow.  
What do you think, yellow or blue again? 

Can't wait to show you my new stool in it's new home!! 
 Final reveal of the Office is coming soon I promise.  
Thanks for stopping by!

I'm linking up to:

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Home Stories A2Z

A Jennuine Life Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays
DIY Show Off

The DIY'ers


Unknown said...

This turned out really cute!! I LOVE the color too :)

xo, Tanya

Cristina Garay said...

Hey Ronda, with my kids is the same thing! They keep on following me all around the house! I love how this project turned out, I'm loving that blue so much that I would paint the other and even three more the same color :)

Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog said...

Beautiful! The "chippy" paint is the perfect touch. I found you at the Sassy Little Lady Show and Tell Saturday Party. Thanks for sharing your project!

~Abby =)

House of Smiths said...

I love it! The color is especially fun! :)
Great work!

Leisa @ Day by Day said...

Nice! It turned out beautifully--I love the color!

Unknown said...

Such a great transformation! I would love it if you shared this great DIY at Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. http://www.ajennuinelife.com/2013/02/thrifty-to-nifty-thursdays-8.html

Kayla @ Home Coming said...

Great job! This looks wonderful. I host a DIY link party every Monday and would love for you to join! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-diyers-link-party.html

Leanne said...

It turned out so nice. I love the color. You did such a great job.

Tania Pelletier said...

Now that's just genius, I never would have thought of that! I think it is much more stylish looking as a stool!


Unknown said...

Love how it turned out! I would be in the same dilemma as to have 2 of the same or one of each? I guess you can repaint one either way if you don't like your decision. Visiting from 320 Sycamore blog.

Melissa said...

I love your vision!! I like to cut things apart too :)

Amanda said...

THANK YOU!!! I have 4 of those pesky chairs laying around. One is on my porch that holds a plant in the summer because they are terrible to sit in! Looks like I have a new project and I was in the need of a couple stools anyway!

Thanks again!