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She Has Risen…

Yep, I’m alive. Well, even. I’ve just been neglecting the blog again.

When I talked to my oldest daughter last week she said, “Wow, you’ve been busy.”

Confused, I responded with, “Um, I have?”

She went on to say she guessed that’s why I haven’t posted here lately. Truth is, I have been kind of busy, but that’s not why I haven’t posted. I just haven’t felt moved to post, I guess.

Anyway… I’m back. I’ll pick up with the vacation re-cap next time. For now, I have to share my latest chalk paint re-do.


Worn-out Kitchen Stool

A while ago, I bought this old, worn-out-looking stool. Its base is made of very heavy iron. The seat is real hardwood. And the back is wicker. The iron was dirty and pitted. The polyurethane coating had almost completely cracked and peeled off the seat (a good thing!), the wicker was coming unraveled, and it was missing its feet. Think of a high-heeled shoe that has lost the little rubber thingy from the heel, leaving metal exposed, and you’ll get a good picture of what the feet were like.

But it was quite comfy. And, the best part, it cost me around $30.

Hubby thought I was nuts, as usual. But I had a vision.

I needed a “visitor’s seat” for our kitchen. So no one ever again feels compelled to sit on my counter. Yes, as in on top of the counter (like this).

Call me old-fashioned, but I hate seeing people do that. It’s not even a hygiene thing for me, I just think it’s something that shouldn’t be done. Period.

The stool sat in the basement (in my LONG project queue) for months. Hubby was kind enough to buy and attach some new little rubber feet for me. I reattached the loose wicker with good old Elmer’s Glue (30-second fix).

Then, this past weekend, I FINALLY got around to painting the thing.

And here it is…

Photo 4

“New” Stool Revealed

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP), of course. There’s Graphite on the metal surfaces, some of the wood, and the little rubber feet, plus Olive on the wicker and some of the wood. Then it’s all sealed with a thin coat of ASCP Dark Wax.

Photo 6

Close-up of the Seat

The only prep work required, besides adding new feet and re-gluing a bit of wicker, was to dust the thing off. Really.

Photo 3

“New” Stool

I just love how the Dark Wax gets into all the nooks and crannies.

Photo 2

“New” Stool

Of course, I only bought one stool. So if more than one person wants to hang out, seated, in my kitchen while I prepare food and/or beverages, we’ll just have to drag some chairs in.

To fully appreciate the difference, you need to see them side-by-side…

Before and After

Before and After

Not bad for an old, worn-out stool, eh?



  1. November 4, 2013    


    that is amazing what you have done !

    You’ve got a good eye and you know how to “enhance” it

    Riding the Wet Coast

  2. November 4, 2013    

    Love it….

  3. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    November 4, 2013    

    Wow! I like it. Hopefully I’ll get back east sooner or later and be able to sit in it 🙂

  4. ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
    November 4, 2013    

    Thanks, all.

    Amy, I hope so, too.

  5. Jill's Gravatar Jill
    November 4, 2013    

    I love your colors you chose!! Did you paint the wicker back also? I’m on my mini iPad. It’s hard to tell!!

  6. November 5, 2013    

    Ooohh, gorgeous! Really beautiful. Nice job. And glad to see you back online!

  7. ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
    November 5, 2013    

    Thanks, ShyB. Gone but not forgotten, right?

  8. ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
    November 5, 2013    

    Thanks for the nice comments ShyB and Jill.

    Yes, Jill, I painted tne wicker, too.

  9. shan's Gravatar shan
    November 5, 2013    

    I thought for sure that link was going to be a picture of me sitting on the counter because I’m almost positive I’ve done that before (sorry! I didn’t know you hated it!), but the link was broken for me. I guess I’ll never know if that was my public shaming or not. 😉

  10. November 6, 2013    

    Wow, what a difference. Great job. It is so nice that you have the vision to see the potential in the projects.

    And if someone sat on my kitchen counters, I’d be inclined to shove them off onto the floor. Just sayin’. Even Basil knows to stay off of them, lol.

  11. Trace's Gravatar Trace
    November 7, 2013    

    Fantastic!! What a makeover,
    I love the colors you chose.
    Isn’t it so fun being green?
    Older things are made so much better than the new.
    Hugs to ya

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