I've been in cleaning mode in my garage. It's been going for a while already.
The tools are organized. Checked.
The shelves where I store lots of stuff are done. Checked.
All the pieces of wood now have a place of their own. Double checked.
But hey, that's precisely the thing that I've been shuffling around.
I hit that moment when there's almost no space for another piece...
The more we build, the more we end up with lots of little pieces of wood that we don't want to part off with.
I ended up with a good amount of square-ish pieces of wood when I worked on the shelves in my son's room. The ones on the left side of the cart. I needed to do something with them because more scrap pieces are coming every day! Hmm, that's when this project started.
Building a Step stool with a vintage look.
Besides paint, the vintage look came with the addition of the scalloped apron. That piece came off from a hutch I transformed long ago - details here.
Since I built this step stool with repurposed materials, I'm not going to give you a detailed tutorial. I'm giving you lots of details besides the measurements, a great way to replicate any project -IMO. ;)
Cut the top board to size and round the corners. Set aside.
Draw the design on the legs, and using a jigsaw, cut it out.
The scalloped apron trim was also cut on a 10° with the shortest point at 16¾".
The connecting pieces were attached with glue and pocket hole joinery. Their outer side has to be cut on an angle too.
|Ryobi Cordless Drill|
Time to add the top board.
-Place the top board right side down. Center the stool base on it and trace all around it's perimeter.
-Take away the base and make the predrills on the top board for where the screws will be driven.
-Flip the top board and countersink each of those holes.
-Finally, set the top board on the stool base and drive the screws from the top down.
After caulking and sanding all around, this is how the little step looked.
Yep, ready for paint.
I first gave it a coat of ASCP - Graphite.
Then, I used a mix of ASCP - Florence and Duck Egg Blue as a top coat, but Vaseline was used to give it that distressed, old feel.
After the first coat of paint is dry, rub Vaseline on those areas that get more wear, or are more likely to get chipped, like corners and edges. Apply the top coat, let it dry fully, then using a piece of cloth, clean the Vaseline off the wood.
I sealed the entire stool with clear and dark wax.
And here, is my little "Vintage step stool". :)
Don't you love step stools? They remind me of my grandmother, she used to have two that she used all the time.
Well, this is not my first step stool and for sure, it's not going to be the last one... I still have plenty of material to build me some more! :)
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