A fast (cheat) way to recover a stool

Last week last repainted an old dressing table using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wanted to recover the stool too. I’ve finally got around to doing it, but am showing you a real cheat version. This will be your best friend:

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Firstly, press your chosen fabric to remove any creases. Lay the old stool seat on top of the new fabric and cut to size ensuring it’s 2-3 inches larger that the seat. Now make sure the fabric is face down and spray the back of it evenly with the adhesive, before spraying the top of the seat with it too. Lay the seat onto the fabric, obviously making sure the fabric is completely flat and free of creases before you do.  Spray one corner with the glue and fold up and over the seat like so: 

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Continue around the seat until all four corners are done.

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Now spray one of the sides and fold up as if you’re wrapping a parcel.

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Continue all the way around until your corners look something like this.

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Now at this point, if you have a staple gun go around the edges to secure it further. I don’t have a staple gun so am relying on the base to give extra holding power to the fabric as there’s enough fabric to go under where the base will lie.  See pic, as I’m not doing a great job of explaining!

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Screw the base back on and there you go; probably the easiest way ever to recover a stool!

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Annie Sloan dressing table makeover

When it comes to upcycling things, I’m a bit of a late starter.  Bar a blind in our downstairs loo and a very bad job on a dressing table mirror, I’ve never really taken on a project.  For Pb’s birthday we’ve decided to give her bedroom a bit of a makeover and as part of that I thought I’d paint my old dressing table which has been my sewing table since we moved house a couple of years ago. With every Mary, Martha and Mildred raving about Annie Sloan chalk paint on Pinterest and Instagram, I wanted to see what all the hype is about.  After watching various tutorials on YouTube I was left wondering if there’s anything you can’t give the Annie Sloan treatment? Wood, metal, plastics and even upholstery, you could even slap a bit on your granny to take her from drab and outdated to vintage chic. Ok, maybe that’s a step too far, but you get the idea.

A friend very kindly passed on some paint she had left over.

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Here’s a before pic:

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What I love about this is that there is no sanding or priming. You quite literally wipe the piece down to get rid of any dust or grime and paint away. I gave the sides, stool and draw fronts two coats and the top three. I think I may have applied it too thickly but the paint really is forgiving and anyway imperfections can be beautiful.

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Three hours later I was ready to wax. This really is a simple process. I simply used a lint free cloth to wrote the soft clear wax on in circular motions. I’ll leave it to cure for twenty four hours and then apply another coat of wax to seal the top. Et voila! Easy peasey! I can’t believe I left it so long before having a go. Now I just need to recover the stool cushion using the fabric in the photo and it’ll be ready for a certain little almost 4 year old!
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