I have had two of those cheap wooden stools you can find just about anywhere for a while now. I have been using them as side tables in my living room, because spending 70 dollars plus for one I like from the store is not going to happen. So I came up with a way to make them more attractive.
This is what the stool looked like, just chilling in my living room.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 tarp
- 1 sanding block (I just used medium grit)
- Spray paint of your choice (I used fluorescent yellow, because I wanted a pop of color)
First, I gave the two stools a quick sand to get all of that ugly yellow lacquer off. I wanted the natural wood look.
Once they were sanded, I taped off the legs where I wanted them to be painted.
I used a piece of cardboard to make sure I didn’t spray above the tape. I also sprayed a very light coat of lacquer on the top. It was so light, that it didn’t even look like it had anything on it.
Once they were painted I left them to dry for a few hours.
Now that they were dry it was time to put my shelves in. To begin, I tied the rope into a slip knot (by “I,” I mean my husband 😉 ) Then, I just started to loop the rope back and fourth between the two rungs.
I did this until it was completely covered. You want to make sure that you pull the rope tight! You don’t want the shelf to be droopy once you put something on it. To tie-off the end, we did an arbor knot and tucked the end pieces into the rest of the rope to hide it.
It should look a little something like this in the end.
I love they way they turned out. Enjoy!