Coral & White Stool Makeover {Easy DIY}

Hey y'all! And a happy Monday to you! We're starting this week off with a really simple DIY project that has a big impact. Never underestimate the power of paint. As the old saying goes, a little paint can cover a multitude of design sins.

Wait, I think I made that up, but let's go with it, mmk? :)

Back when I was a wee DIYer - we're talking middle school here - I painted this stool for my parents' kitchen. At the time, I thought the pattern was so chic. Can't you see my awesome design and painting skills at work here?

Raw talent, y'all.

Well, about 10 years later, my mom and I decided that maybe, just maybe, it was time for a little upgrade especially since the stool no longer lives in my parents' kitchen, but at the river house, and that yellow and blue color scheme (let alone the pattern) doesn't fit the house's "look." They've got more of an aqua, white and coral scheme going there.

So I got to work updating this little stool. I used a low grit sand paper on the seat to remove some of the bright colors and pattern, and I lightly sanded the legs to rough them up a little. You can't really tell from the photos, but the white legs were pretty dingy, so I primed the whole thing in white (two coats on the seat, one on the legs) to give it a fresh start.

Then it was time to add a pop of color. After taking a poll of the crowd we had down at the river last weekend, the consensus was to paint just the seat coral and leave the rest white. So I used the same coral I had on hand from my coral and gray dipped side table for this project. (It's Valspar "Sonora Rose" in case you're curious.) It took two quick coats to get a nice solid coral color.

Perfect! I love its clean but fun look. See? Told you paint covers up a multitude of design sins :). This project probably took about 2 hours including drying time in between paint coats. It's something anyone could easily do in an afternoon for nearly $0 if you have a little extra paint laying around.

Now for the really fun part. Since this newly painted stool fit in so nicely with a big ole painting my mom had at the house, I wanted to photograph them together. But I needed a little something extra to style it with since it would be a little sad-looking to just have a stool and a painting all by themselves.

I typically like to have something living in photos, which usually means flowers or a plant, but this time, I went with an even better accessory - Jackson! (Thanks to my sister-in-law's dad for that idea!) After a little coaxing (and a lot of "stay...stay..." commands), we got him to sit right on the stool:

He fits in perfectly, doesn't he? Ha!

Smile for the camera, buddy!

What a good boy. Don't worry, we gave him lots of love and a treat as a reward for being such a good accessory :).

So that was my main project for the weekend. Nothing like an easy DIY to kick off the week! What did y'all do this weekend? Any fun projects? 


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  1. Looks great! And your pup is adorable. I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-my-new-rug.html

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  2. Aww...Jackson! He's so cute and so patient! Such a precious pup.

  3. Oh my word! I love it. Also, the furry baby is adorable.

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  4. Nice makeover from your earlier project. Love the coral and the cute doggie. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I loooove a painted stool. So cute. Your puppy is suuuuper cute too!

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  6. I love the coral! And I my especially like your dog! He's too cute!

  7. I love the color...the coral turned out great! That's a pretty great Mom if she kept that stool since you were in middle school :-). the prop is pretty cute too! I would love for you to share over at my Weekend Beautiful Blog Party :-)

  8. I'm loving coral this summer - great makeover!

  9. The stool looks lovely. Jackson is too cute sitting on it too. :)

  10. Love it, Chaney! So cute! I'm going to include it in a coral round-up tomorrow! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  11. Just a quick note to let you know I am featuring your stool over at my Weekend Beautiful Blog Party tomorrow. Hope you can stop by and check it out and link up more fun stuff :-). Thanks again for joining in!

  12. Chaney,

    I think I designed something just like your original piece back in the 7th grade! :-) I LOVE how the transformation turned out and I can only imagine how fun that photo shoot was. :-) Thanks for linking up at the Inspiration Gallery!


  13. Very pretty - and your dog is darling!

  14. I absolutely love this! Great job! and thank you so much for sharing it:) I love the way it works with that painting and of course the puppy is crazy adorable:)

  15. Big improvement! Love the coral and white together. Pinning! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

  16. I am featuring your stool today on my blog. Thanks for linking it up. I hope to see you tomorrow for another link party.


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  18. Our kids will love this so much. I will get started on one this weekend.


  19. Love the coral and white together. Pinning! And I your dog, it is too cute!
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