Before and After: Coastal Stool

professionalAre you a sucker for a before and after?

We all enjoy seeing pieces of furniture and spaces make a transformation. It inspires us! You may remember this antique stool that I re-did back in 2012. It looked really shabby and dark before. The fabric was disgusting and the seat frame was shot! Here is a little reminder of what it looked like when I first bought it.


However, with a little paint and new fabric it was made over. I really fell in love with it! It was painted in one of my favorite Annie Sloan chalk paint colors, Duck Egg Blue. The seat was upholstered in a canvas duck cloth. We’ve used this stool all over the house, including as a piano stool. Then 3 years later, I had plans to sell it at Flea Fest so that was a perfect time for an update.


Updating the paint color was an easy task to transform the piece. I painted right over the Duck Egg and Olde White with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Old Violet. It was turning a little purple and I was unsure if I’d like the end result. But that’s what happens when you’re in the middle of painting. It looks like you’re in the middle of painting. So, I continued painting.

Once the paint was dry, I distressed the entire piece. This is always my favorite part of painting. When you distress furniture, you can really make the piece as chippy as you want. In this case, all 3 colors (Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue, Annie Sloan Olde White, and Annie Sloan Old Violet) came together nicely. After distressing to the degree I prefer, the stool took on a coastal look. I feel in love when I saw how all the colors came together!

No, I was not planning this coastal effect all. When you’re preparing items to sell, you don’t always have all the colors picked out. But you must get everything complete so sometimes you just start painting to see if you like it or not. The upholstery was a vintage flour sack, except this is the only picture I have it with that upsolstery.

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You see, all my furniture had to travel over 3 hours to the show. When I made it to Flea Fest and opened the trailer I learned a good lesson. Always pack the trailer tight as possible! Most of my furniture¬†had shifted, some broken or in need of repair! It was a bad moment for me. How could I have let this happen? Why didn’t I pack the trailer tighter?! I was really mad at myself. The sack that was used to upholster this piece was stained with something green. [Believe me when I say I learned a lesson that day.] So, after I setup my booth, I had to run to Hobby Lobby to buy fabric. Burlap was the easiest fabric to replace it with, especially with the coastal vibe the piece had. So now this antique stool is covered in burlap. It really goes with the look and I still like it as such. It didn’t sell at the show so it’s back in circulation in our home.


If you like burlap, check out our most popular burlap project ever here. What do you like most about before and after pics? It’s so inspiring to me!



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