With four small children, I spend a lot of time following one of them into the bathroom on any given day. And every time they finish, we have to pull up this step stool for the hand washing and headband straightening and beaded necklace admiring. And since I originally posted about this step stool waaaaaaaay back here, I thought maybe I’d show this guy some love and share it with you again! I’m also sneaking in two more projects that I’ve always loved that some of my newer readers might get a kick out of. I’m hoping to share some images from my trip to the Country Living Fair later this week, so pop in later to see those. (I posted a teaser image on instagram, so follow me there if you want to see who I met!)
This stool started out like this. Sorry, Max, but the stool was boring.
I love old maps and had an old atlas in my stash so I cut out the pages to fit each facet of the stool and used Mod Podge to adhere each page. There may be fancier techniques, but I use my finger tips to smooth out any wrinkles. (This way I also get to peel off all the dried glue when I’m done which we all know is super satisfying.)
To keep the stool from being too boring, I used this fun faux bois wall paper and some painters twine on the edges. A few coats of Polycrylic to seal it all in, and after daily use (and I do mean DAILY), this stool is good as new.
Moving on… this yellow bench has always been a favorite of mine. It started as a sad beat up brown bench (already reupholstered but mismatched to everything in the house).
I experimented with stenciled fabric for this upholstery and used a Cutting Edge Stencil pattern with regular ol’ latex paint and some painter’s drop cloth. Because I wanted the reverse stencil, I traced and hand painted. And to accentuate the stencil, I went back with a white paint pen to outline.
Finally, another project I look at every day… our dress up dresser. This might get the most action of any project I’ve made around here. It’s a safe estimate that Eleanor and Oliver change outfits 4+ times a day. So this thing is in heavy rotation.
It’s an old child’s sized bureau. I removed the top three drawers (and now use them as under-bed train storage), and wallpapered the back. I had to cut some MDF to fit over the bottom drawer which we use for smaller dress up items like neckties and hats.
Hooks, hooks, and more hooks help wrangle most of the costumes the kids mix and match on the daily.
There you have it… a little update on three projects that I’ve always liked. Two are still in constant use and the bench is first in line whenever I can find a little spot for it.
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