Wednesday, April 23, 2014

lbefore and after stools

I had four stools that were in bad shape but didn't want to get rid of them. This is a very cheap and easy way to renew.  Paper bags, stain , polyurethane , glue and white enamel paint. You start by tearing the bag in pieces in all different shapes. Then crush them in to a ball. . 

Flatten each piece and cover with paste. These tops were very porous so had to use a lot of paste. The paste you can mix flour and water like you would for wall paper. I like to start with the large pieces and use the cut ends to fold under the seat.

This was the before picture. It has one spindle missing so will use it as a plant stand on the deck.

You can see here the prick marks. I cleaned the legs good and sanded them. I painted an under coat to fill any dents and cracks.

Have you got a small space that needs new flooring?What is good about it is that it wears great.You  can use in bathrooms, kitchens, and closet floor. You can mop it and if it starts to wear you can coat it with more polyurethane. Mine is in an entrance and has been there for over 3 years. I suggest you start with a small project. The color stain you use will determine the final color.This was done with manila envelopes. You can see the torn areas took it darker to look like stones. You also can do it on counter tops and make it look like granite .
This was the hardest part for me to get out all the staples.The cover is made of to look like fake leather.

This was my big mistake as I didn't have a paper bag. I used printer paper which is fine but I wanted to see what color the stain would look like. Wrong. It wouldn't dry. So 12 am I was washing it with vinegar,. success. I have done a lot of paper bagging without a problem.
I like to start in the center and save the cut ends to fold under seat
The inside of the cover icky.

Here you can see it is made of chip board.

Materials you would need. I would buy a better brand of white paint as this one didn't cover well. For how simple this could have been it turned out to be annoying.

The torn pieces all different shapes.

It needs another coat of white, Don't let this stop you from trying it on something, There will be hundreds of ways of using this process.Like to see what you come up .


Anonymous said...

What a great idea--can't wait to try this on my floor!

Anonymous said...

You are so smart. You made them look so good.


Anonymous said...

Wow... the stools turned out nice! You did a great job on this project!!! I love the floor... looks beautiful! I would love to try this! Hope things are well with you & yours! Thanks for sharing... elaine in alabama

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