Fall is in full swing in our neighborhood right now, and we have come up with so many fun projects and decor posts lately. (Which I will share later). But first, we have had this stool done and ready for it’s own story for awhile now. It’s small, but turned out so cute!
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I have seen these kind of simple farmhouse stools before, in fact, Vicki has a couple I know for sure! This particular one wasn’t cute previously, however like all the pieces we pick up, a little paint does wonders!
It started out with a very weird looking stain on it. I’m not exactly sure what it was at all, looked very watery and wasn’t the greatest of browns. Therefore we determined it needed some paint to freshen it up. The design plan was to give it a distressed look to go with the farmhouse style, so I choose two paint colors for a layered look.
First we painted the entire stool with Annie Sloan’s ‘Duck Egg Blue’ which is such a beautiful muted blue-green. Once dry we put ‘Old White’ (also by Annie Sloan) over the top. One coat of each was all it took.
One of my favorite ways to distress a piece is to spray a mixture of water and white vinegar over the piece and wipe with a clean cloth. It is a soft distress and really brings out the under-layer of paint. I then like to take a fine grit sanding block to further distress the piece.
The water mixture is great for the flat parts you want distressed and the sanding block works extra well for all the edges.
In some places I took the distressing all the way down to the brown underneath which really warmed up the stool. I also loved seeing all three of those colors!
In the inside apron of the stool instead of painting over the duck egg blue color with the white, I left it and love that at some angles you can see the duck egg peeking through.
I picture this cute little piece sitting on a porch with some pretty decor all around it. Or it would be adorable in an entryway or mudroom!
Here is what we have been busy doing with our decorating this fall.
We created a White & Wood Fall Tablescape
DIY your own Fall Wreath with this easy tutorial.
And for those of you who aren’t DIY’ers we rounded up some great fall decor items.
We came up with a DIY Faux Pumpkin Garland, easy enough for anyone to put together.