Antique Looking Stool – At Home DIY March Challenge

Welcome to the At Home DIY March Challenge!  This month my blogger friends and I will be bringing new life to second hand items.  You’re in for a real treat, as there is so much creativity amongst this group.  I can’t wait to see myself what everyone has created!  A big thank you to Eileen from Just Measuring Up and Megan from Two Feet First for organizing these monthly blog hops.

The inspiration for my project came from the January-February issue of Country Living, my favorite magazine.  There was a feature on vintage milking stools, including those that sported worn paint in shades of green, blue and grey.  I had a stool in my basement that I purchased at an estate sale over a year ago, just waiting for a makeover.It had a round paint ring on top and a few other drops of paint here and there.  But otherwise it was solid and made of raw wood.  So I cleaned away the dust and cobwebs with a damp rag and got ready to paint!Step 1.

Because I wanted the stool to look worn, I applied petroleum jelly along the edges of the stool and in a few other random places.  This acts as a resist so that the paint won’t adhere properly and will distress easily. Step 2.

Next I started painting.  I chose the color Bunker Hill Blue by the Dixie Belle Paint Company.  I thought it had a certain historic look.  The coverage was great and I only needed one coat.  I let it dry for four hours.

Step 3.

I took a sanding block and distressed the stool.  At first I was going to just focus on the areas where I’d applied petroleum jelly, but I liked how the piece looked with a light sanding all over.Step 4.

When I finished sanding, I went over the stool with a dry cotton cloth to remove the paint dust.Step 5.

The next step was to seal the piece with wax.  I chose Dixie Belle Brown Wax to amp up the aged look.Step 6.

After about an hour, I wiped off the wax with a dry cotton cloth.  I just love how it turned out!It definitely has an old, aged over time look.  It’s hard to believe that I got this look in just one day!

Now let’s check out what my friends have been up to this month!  If you missed the February Organization Challenge, you can check out my project and links to everyone’s projects HERE.



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