Piorra Maison

Piorra Maison est le fière distributeur de Chalk Paint™ une peinture décorative par Annie Sloan à Montréal, Québec.
Piorra Maison is the proud Stockist of Chalk Paint™ decorative paints by Annie Sloan in Montreal, Québec.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The discovery of a stool.

Well, While I was digging in the bowels of my basement again, (pardon the pun), I came across a stool I had found at the curb side many, many, years ago. I finally decided to do something with it. I am very happy with the results. 

Below is the before shot, cobwebs and all.

I sanded the surface with very fine grit sandpaper as to not damage the wood. 

Through ICI PAINTS and SHERWIN WILLIAMS seminars, I have learnt, a well  prepared surface and good quality primer is the foundation to a long lasting and durable surface. 

The high quality primer I use is ZINSSER for all surfaces. It is expensive but highly recommended.


Upholstering is next. My first attempt. I started small. Learnt a few things along the way. A 2"  foam was used, a little too thick for this project. Try not to use anything thicker than 1" for small surfaces.  It will make the job easier, especially on the corners and make sure to trim those corners. I have seen this done soooo many times, but it is not as easy as they make it look.  A manual staple gun with 5/16 " staples was sufficient for this small job.

A piece of material was added to the underside to hide the trim and give it a nice finished.

The upholstering turned out nice and plush.  Very happy with the results. 

Used a fine grit sandpaper to reveal the original dark stain under the surface to give it a nice vintage chipy paint appearance. 

It is very easy to get carried away with the sanding. I suggest you take frequent breaks.  Step back and have a look at the entire piece before you go too far. 

If not the results can be too systematic and fake looking.

All the dents and scratches make the paint surface look authentically vintage.

Et Voila,

The discovery of a stool from the bowels of my basement. (Sorry, just had to say it!)

My words to inspire for the day!

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.  
                                                    (Lewis Carroll)      

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  1. This little stool turned out to be a real gem!
    I love the paint finish and the fabric is so pretty.


  2. Wow!!!!!! I absolutely love your new layout and wow you made that!! Talk about putting talent to good use! Great job! Its the first step to your procrastination free life! Hard work pays off!

  3. Wow, that is a gorgeous stool! You really made a night and day difference there. That would cost a fortune if you had bought it all prettied up like that:)

  4. That looks AMAZING! Where did you find the fabric? I love it.

  5. Wow, I love it!!! The fabric is amazing and the way you painted the stool is so awesome...it looks so high-end--what a treasure! You should be so proud of such a beautiful piece!!!

  6. Your stool turned outwonderful. I've been looking for som cool stools to do this very thing. Of coarse when you're looking...you don't find.

    Enjoy your weekend.


  7. This is just gorgeous! Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I am your newest follower as well.

    ~Renee @ Shabby-Chic-Charming@blogspot.com

  8. Beautiful! I completely agree with your tips for distressing and not getting carried away. Isn't it fun to go basement shopping every now and then? lol

  9. That looks great and yes we were on the same page. I would love a link added even though it is an older post. Thanks for joining WUW.

  10. Very pretty. I love the fabric. You have inspired me to finally work on an old stool I found at GW.

  11. oh, I love seeing before and afters! This turned out just lovely. The fabric is great.

  12. Yes, love at first site....my pillow is a perfect match. Thanks so much for joining my newbie party and sharing this fantastic project.
    Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing.

  13. Just fabulous,I am your neighbour at Debbies newbie party and now your newest follower:)

  14. Tres Chic!! Love the fabric you chose...well done!

  15. Beautiful!! You did a fabulous job!
    I'm here from Debbie's party, and I'm also your newest follower!!

  16. Wow, that stool is really beautiful now. I can't get over the transformation. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

  17. That is fabulous! So pretty! Just found your blog via Debbie's newbie party. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back.
    Have a great day!

  18. Wow, what a transformation! I'd love to know where you found the fabric, I wouldn't mind using that on a chair. Love your stool, it's so pretty! Visiting by way of Debbie's Newbie Party.

  19. Love it! Where did you find that awesome fabric?!

  20. It looks great with just the perfect amount of distressing!

  21. You did a fabulous job. The fabric is gorgeous and the distressing is perfect. I'm now following you.

  22. I love the tutorial and it turned out sooo gorgeous! I have been looking for a similar type fabric. Would you share where you discovered it? Thanks for posting this!