June 15, 2012

two dollars

A classic movie line to start the day.

I've had a few people email asking about the stool underneath my bedside table. And I realized in my 'get this damn room done already' hysteria, I forget to mention the little nugget.


There is an annual rummage sale at a local high school that a dear friend and I look forward to every spring. It starts early, the lines are crazy and the people watching is out of this world. It is Filene's Basement level hysteria in there and we love it.

This year though the sale was a bit of a bust. We found a few things that were OK but nothing we thought was worth taking home. But, as we were walking out the door I spotted this sad little stool out of the corner of my eye. You know my affection for sad little things.


A Thonet Bentwood ottoman as they are known. A beat up imitation, but for two bucks I went with it.  I am a seating addict (stools, benches, chairs, sofas) and I had to get a fix.

Unlike a classic Thonet Bentwood ottoman, this stool's cane seat had been replaced with this...carpet. Sorry for the fuzzy shot but trust me, its ugly. Consider this the soft film treatment, like they put on Barbara Walters to make her look better.


I wanted a pop of something other than blue in the bedroom so I sprayed the chair with left over paint I had from the girls room. Still loving that color.
As for the seat, the carpet (and I'm not joking, it is carpet) was glued on there, so there was no taking that stuff off. Instead I used spray adhesive to cover it with a $2 outdoor fabric remnant and some black trim I had gotten awhile back from JoAnn's.
And with that, all done. I so love a fast DIY. It satisfies my impatient nature perfectly.





So there you have it. A $4 dollar project. Money well spent!

Have you used left over things to pull together a project lately? This does nothing but encourage my 'buying random remnants of fabric' hobby. Know of any good places to score remnants? Anyone had luck on Ebay?

24 comments:

  1. Cute! I love the black and white fabric. I need some bright, bold punches of fabric like that now that I've toned down most of the previous homeowner's crazy color scheme. I need to start looking for benches now...Thanks for sharing!

    Megan
    thependletonhouse.blogspot.com

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  2. You know, I've always passed over those sad little things, but after seeing this, I might give them a second look next time!

    The Aestate

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  3. I have passed up these stools at thrift stores many times...now I just may have to snag one and spuce it up like yours! Too cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. no l luck at all. ever! Where oh where do you ladies find these bargains!!!

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  5. Elizabeth, I didn't notice the stool but I am so glad you featured it on this post. I have seen that style around various places - yet you have done a tremendous makeover on it! I love it! (the red and then the b+w) marvelous, just marvelous!!!!!!

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    1. oh and only for $2 (forgot to say that part) hahaha

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  6. Oh it's gorgeous! I love the color! Great job!

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  7. Wow! So impressed! I love bent wood furniture but have never seen one like this before. Great find!

    -Lane

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  8. bahahaha...love the comment about barbara walters..so true! Anyways I so love this little stool. Great job!

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  9. That’s the sweetest little stool! It just needed someone with a good eye and some TLC! Love the stripes!

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  10. LOVE the redo! Color and fun stripe... amazing as always!

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  11. Wow...what a transformation. Love the color you painted it and the fabric is wonderful!!

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  12. I love projects like that! Nothing better than when you've already got everything you need to get it done. And what a cute little stool! Can't beat that for two bucks! I love it in the new color and of course you know I love that seat fabric! It goes so perfect with my post this morning :)

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  13. Definitely money well spent! I love the shape and the fabric/color you chose! I am also a seating addict. Can't get enough! :)

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  14. Yet another awesome transformation and incredible bargain. You have quite the eye!

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  15. what a fantastic redo! the fabric choice & paint color is perfect. well done! can't beat that for 4 bucks...

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  16. Such a great DIY Project! Love the color combination!

    -Amy
    http://bedesignsllc.blogspot.com/

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  17. That is a great transformation! Three things I love: fast, easy and cheap!
    Also, so happy to see Thonet items making a comeback. I love bent wood!

    -Lane

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  18. I just picked up one that is very similar to that but of course it is still sitting in my garage...waiting to be made over :( That one turned out great!

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  19. You had me at the 80's John Cusak film reference... Oh my god, I so need to watch that film again like right now. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT THE STREET VALUE IS OF THIS STUFF?!

    Annnnnnyway, love the little stool and it's cool little shape! I've been looking for a stool for the living room so my weary boyfriend can rest his weary legs on something other than my precious vintage glass coffee table and everything seems to start at like £75. On Ebay. Are they kidding me?! I need a two dollar find like this. The black & white stripe is inspired - it's like the LBD of rooms, isn't it? Works. Every. Time.

    xxx

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  20. Very impressive. You can't beat the price and the looks is great!

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