I have always had a thing for these old step stools as they invoke fond memories of visiting my grandnana's home. She had one just like this in her kitchen, same color & feel, heavy & sturdy! I found this beauty at an estate sale for $3.00 it had paint splattered all over the seat & steps, but I knew I could easily REDO it & make it look new once again. I actually had it for few years as my husband did not really care for it, he would put it outside & I would bring itback in & hide it in my craft closet & again he would take it out hoping it would rust, but I would rescue it once again.
It had felt on it,(my doing) I tried to clean it off with nail polish remover, but it would not budge~
Even the steps were covered in dried up old paint~
Over all it was in very good condition all the parts worked the way they should & it was intact~
I got so tired of the little dance my husband & I were doing with him taking it out & me rescuing it that I decided the last time he went on a trip I would make it look shiny & new~
I started out covering the areas I did not want to paint WITH, yep you guessed it aluminium foil, I knew it would take me forever to tape it so I thought a while, what might I use to cover all these turns & curves that aluminum came to mind, let me tell you it worked like a charm & I would encourage you to try it too, it would save you a lot of work since it is so malleable. As you can see I even removed the rubber steps so that I could get a good coat of paint!
I first started out with sanding the piece down, it had caked on paint that had been on for years so I needed to make it smooth, next came the primer. I have been looking for metal clear primer, but can not seem to locate any, anyone have an idea as to where I might get it?
I needed to find a can of paint that I already had on hand, I knew I had some bright colors, but I wanted softer tones kind of earthy & came upon brown and went for it~
The legs are chromed which also had some caked on paint and were in pretty bad shape with markings & just looking old & rusty, I had some steel wool & buffed my little heart out, and let me tell you I am so glad I took the time to do this extra step, because the legs look FAB~
I thought I had some vinyl but when I looked I did not find any & since I painted the stool brown I needed something that would look good so I went to the fabric store & found this beige vinyl remnant 3/4 yards for $1.81 total, yea me!
I taped the back of the stool with guess what? scotch tape & I am so glad I did as it gave me VERY straight & crisp lines so that I can paint a beige wide stripe since I am crazy about everything monogrammed I painted one right on the back with a crown too~
Okay, if you look close you can clearly see that the "T" is not completely centered, but that is okay with me! Oh and guess what? My husband loved it when he returned home & saw my redo & now he seems to be the only one to use it! Huh go figure! Oh and one more thing I paid less than $5.00 for this whole project!!!
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