Thursday, March 7, 2013

Little Prairie Stool

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore never fails to reward my treasure-hunting soul.
Some little trinket always comes home with me,
and I can assure you, it's probably the cheapest shopping trip I make.

During a recent excursion there
where I discovered a sweet little hobnail light fixture

(which you can read about here),

I came across this sad looking stool
with a misconstrued, mangled, faux leather, and just plain ugly attempt at a cushion stapled on top.
It was lacking a price tag.
I offered $5.00.
They counter offered $8.
I shoved dollar bills at them as fast as I could and danced out of the building.

This poor stool was so nasty that I felt it needed a bit of dressing up for its first photo shoot
with some newly dyed cheesecloth.

It had a ridiculous number of staples holding the (p)leather to the seat...

which I pulled out 
one by one
using a flat-head screwdriver and pliers.

After a quick sanding session,
I mixed up a container of Annie Sloan Chalkpaint
using 1:1 ratio of Old White and Pure White
and slapped two coats on her.

A little distressing on her legs to add a time-worn look,
and she was ready for her shabby chic debut.

A little prairie stool 
perfect for sitting and doing intricate work at my workbench
under the warmth of a vintage light.

Oh, and I received a sweet email this past week from a friend in Australia.
It was such a blessing!
I had the recent honor of being included in the "Blogroll Spotlight" among many talented and creative women featured in Kerryanne's new e-zine called Simply Shabbilicious.

It holds pages and pages of everything that we love all in one place.
Shabby, French, and vintage inspired gorgeousness, beautiful homes, inspiring creative spaces,
amazing people, lovely blogs, and special events.
It is just one beautifully published piece of art!

Kerryanne is the author of a wonderful shabby chic inspired blog
entitled Shabby Art Boutique by Woodberry Designs.
You can visit her here
and congratulate her on her new adventure!

And you can subscribe to her amazing new e-zine here!

Thank you so much, Kerryanne!

~  Blessings  ~

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  1. your work space is so darling, laurie! you've gather the cutest pieces, and the stool and dyed cheesecloth fits right in! congrats on your spotlight feature!

  2. Love that stool!!! You are so talented!!!

  3. cutie cute stool, laurie.


  4. I too have been hitting the local restyle store. I just posted about a chair and basket I got there. They had a pile of burlap that I am kicking myself for not getting. Maybe a trip there tomorrow. Love the stool. A little paint does wonders.

  5. Girl, you have been BUSY! Love, love this prairie stool. Oh, what joy it must be to sit there at your delightful workbench. Sigh and more sigh...just heard Rachel Ashwell is coming out with a new book this fall - prairie style - right up your alley!!

  6. Sweet finds!!!!!! Lovely shabby chic look:) Pinned! New follow. Follow back at

  7. What a beautiful place to work. A window is so essential for me to be inspired. Lovely work on the stool.

  8. What a difference ~ You sure had a vision for that Treasure....
    Love It!

  9. Your stool is so cute. Don't you find it amazing how many staples people put in things? Everytime I re-do something I always think to myself--they must have thought nobody would ever re-do this--or they wouldn't have put a million staples in it! I have a very similar stool and now you have inspired me to get to remaking it :)

  10. Ottimo lavoro Laurie... tutta un'altra cosa così!!!

  11. Wow, what a difference! Love your makeover!

  12. It was hideous looking before, now it looks chic!

    Jenny @

  13. Laurie your new chair is wonderfull,I love your creation nad love you dear!!!!
    Have a nice day from you and all your family!!!!!Hugs ♥

  14. Our local Restyle store is a bit pricey, but I can occasionally find a good deal. Love the stool.

  15. Love your so nice stool re-do ! I saw you on Kerry book and You really deserve it, your blog is so nice and inspiring.
    wish you a nice and sweet week end
    xoxo from PARIS

  16. Everything you touch turns to gold! Great stool!

  17. That stool turned out great, Laurie! Love the color you painted it and it looks perfect at your work table.

  18. What a transformation Laurie. I love it! I will check out Kerryanne's e zine today. Thanks for the tip! Good to be back in the blogging world. :)

  19. Your stool looks darling Laurie! What a wonderful find:) I have 2 stools that are similar, only I bought them new at Target (only $19 each!). I painted them white of course:) I love your work space!

  20. Just adorable! And the pics are fantastic! Heading over to check out that site...sounds wonderful!

  21. Perfect stool for your work. Love the choice of color. Your pictures are always do pretty.


  22. Beautiful!!!! You did the best thing for that little stool! Love the chippy look! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  23. Laurie,
    Prairie Perfection!!!
    The stool is a perfect addition to your workbench and hobnail light!
    Love, love, love how you are economical furnishing your "Studio" space!!!

  24. OMG Laurie!!!! I did not know how much I missed you until I found you again!!!!
    I have been in this transition from my blogspot blog (condensedlovehome) to my new website
    Also setting up the business...
    But THIS is what I LOVE todo: read my friends blogs, share ideas, see what what they have been doing...
    I am so happy to see this post!
    I LOVE how you brought new life to this old stool! I also love your space... how adorable...
    Lots of hugs,

  25. Laurie, bought you so well and you are able to make a full love :) It is gorgeous!
    I must commend too ... great weekend .. Romana

  26. What a score Laurie! We now have one of those stores in our town :-). Had a little shopping spree there yesterday and doing some work today on my finds!
    Congratulations on being a part of Kerryanne's beautiful magazine!

  27. Love that stool and all the rest. BEAUTIFUL

    Have a great weekend

  28. Much better! It's always nice to bring orphans into the family!



  29. Laurie, i hate when there is so many staples to remove in anything, but the outcome was well worth the effort.
    It's amazing what a simple stool painted white can do for a room. I just love stools one in every room :))

    Your design style is really unfolding with amazing grace, so romantically soft.

    A beautiful spring weekend to you.


  30. Lovely transformation, Laurie! Amazing what some white paint can do to a piece of furniture:-)


  31. I absolutely love this! The table and flowers too!

  32. Laurie you rescued this sad looking stool and you made her gorgeous! I love the chalk paint on her,
    and ooh-la-la she is perfect in your home! What patience you took in removing those staples to bring out her beauty!
    Love how you restored her!
    I love stools too..I have 3 of them and adore each one in its uniqueness!
    I'm off to visit your friend! ;)

    All my heart,
    Deborah xo

  33. Love the redo. It came out great. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  34. Beautiful as always... I have the same stool's ( two of them ) at my house and a can of Old White calling my name. I love how you distressed the lower legs! Your photos are so dreamy! Thanks for sharing on Farmgirl Friday... :)

  35. Hi Sista !!!
    Hopefully with your help of course this will work! I just finished downloading Google Chrome and so far so good...... If this goes through, it will be because of beautiful you and your magical prayer !!!! This post was so dreamy my friend..... You are becoming craftier by the millisecond aren't you ! That stool makeover is amazing!!!! You have the patience of a saint to spend all that time pulling those nails out!!!!! The final result was obviously worth all your hard efforts because it came out gorgeous!!! As a matter of fact I am so jealous of because I'm looking for two shabby stools in our favorite colors. I'll be looking for them while hitting all the fleas, yard sales, and shows. Anyway, Hopefully all the snow is melting right now as I write this. Its absolutely gorgeous here! Jim's off on a hiking adventure in the Adirondacks with the guys and i actually had to tend to some business affairs, took some pictures, and now I'm blogging and trying to play catch up with all of my lovely friends. You are my first visit of them all. Have a great rest of your weekend and I LOVE YA !!!!
    XOXO~ Steph

  36. Beautiful job on the vintage stool. I'm still interested in the dream catchers. You do such a beautiful job creating them.

  37. Oh such a deal you got! The stool needed you. Now you've made it into an amazing jewel. Great job!

  38. Dear Laurie, I love your photo at the end of this post - beautiful roses on your amazing table with perfect stool... I am captivated by your home. Heaven´s Walk is the one of the most beautiful place in this world. I feel your lovely heart from photos of your home. Have a nice day!

  39. Love the stool Laurie...and I'm so excited, I've just discovered a restore nearby...can't wait to go this week!

  40. I am new to your site and love it! I can't wait to see more! I am your newest follower

  41. Oh, my! Your little stool is wonderful.

  42. Hi Laurie... that is just about the sweetest little thing I have ever seen!... you did a fabulous job on it, and I can just picture you sitting there, creating your beautiful Prairie tangled hearts... (I love mine by the way!)... thanks for your visit, love you, xoxo Julie Marie

  43. That stool is such a great little find, Laurie!! I love it with your workbench and those pretty pillows. Hope you had a good weekend :)

  44. The stool looks gorgeous all shabbified Laurie!!!
    AND congratulations on your feature with Kerryann - though I'm not surprised at all - you really do have beautiful tastes and your photos are always gorgeous!

  45. Beautifully redone little stool! I'm always on the hunt for them as I too, love to redo them. They are a great piece of functional furniture. Visiting you from Met Monday. Have a wonderful week.

  46. Laurie, what a find my sweet friend! You gave it the old 1, 2 prairie look perfectly. Just the right amount of sanding. I have only been to Restore a couple of times. And it was when it first opened. Adding it to my 'go to' list! Thanks so much for sharing with SYC and congrats on being added to the list! Well deserved!

  47. Hello! Just found your blog via the Make It Pretty link party. LOVE it here! I am your newest follower.

  48. Laurie,

    I've found a few "treasures" at the Habitat reStore myself! Your re-do is perfect. Love the way the combination of the two whites came out.

    Blessings & Hugs ...

    p.s. I'm a new follower from Fluster Buster :)

  49. Beautiful makeover! How wonderful to find such a bargain and be able to turn it into something so lovely and also usable!

  50. Wow! That stool really was quite the ugly duckling. Way to go all swan on it!

    Your workspace is adorable!

  51. I think the stool is the perfect partner for the new workbench Laurie. Didn't she transform well!! Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday this week.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  52. Hi Laurie! What a great find! The perfect stool for your workbench. Thanks so much for sharing at Transformed Tuesday. Congratulations on the feature.

    Peggy~PJH Desigs

  53. Looks so lovely!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!


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