I’ve become a regular at the thrift shop I discovered in April. It’s the store where I found the garden-themed dishes and the fruit stemware I used in “The Color Purple” Tablescape.
This little vanity stool was included in the haul from a follow-up visit. There is a storage compartment inside the removable seat, just like a piano bench. Can you see the brass feet? So dainty, y’all.
To prove the treasure, look at the price.
I could hardly get this thing in my buggy (yes, we Southerners call it a buggy) fast enough! I had many ideas for this beauty – a seat for the corner in the master bathroom or for the foyer entry – but Spunky Daughter fell in love with it. Also, she had the perfect use for it in her room.
So, it was off to the garage for a little light sanding, primer and paint.
I covered the interior compartment with newspaper and attached it with painter’s tape. After taping the brass feet, I spray-painted it with Kilz, then gave it a coat of flat white spray paint.
Well, I can’t leave anything alone for long, so I hit it again with the spray paint, just to be sure it was covered. That was probably wasteful, because it’s gonna be chippy soon, thanks to SD. I probably should have sanded some edges to give it a head start.
I normally would add extra padding on the seat, but I didn’t want to mess up fitting it properly in that groove around the edge. It needs to easily lift out to access the storage compartment.
I’ll have to remember, from time to time, to
sneak into SD’s room ask SD what secrets treasures she’s hiding in there.
Here’s the 1-2-3 on covering the vanity seat.
- Cut out the fabric, allowing 3-4 inches around the edges.You want plenty of fabric to work with as you wrap it around the edges. Also, plan for pattern placement before cutting, especially for a large print.
- Staple once in the center of first side, then staple the opposite side while holding taught but not tight. Smooth and staple the third side, then staple the opposite side while holding it taught. Just one staple in the center of each side for now.
- Work your way from the center staple outward to the corners, first one way, then the other along the same edge. Staple close to the corner while pulling the fabric a tish tighter there. Avoid stapling over the fabric from the adjacent edge. Move to the opposite edge, just like before, and staple all along the edge in the same way as the first. Then staple the other two sides as you did the first two. Bunch the fabric at the corner and pull taught. Two or three staples are all you need. Repeat for all corners.
Oh, one more little tidbit about the cushion. There’s this product called Vectra that I love.
- It is oil-based and doesn’t ware off like Scotch Guard. Only one application is necessary. You don’t have to remember every year or so to re-apply. I love this stuff!
- You can buy it at decorator fabric shops or order it through Amazon for $15. Yes, that’s more than Scotch Guard, but you’ll have to spray often with Scotch Guard because it’s water-based and it wears off. I left Georgia six years ago with two cans of Vectra. I still have about a can and a half. It goes a long way. I love this stuff!
- When you use Vectra, even a Spunky Daughter getting red paint all over your custom kitchen stool cushions can get forgiven after
getting her hiney blisteredthe stains come completely clean with a wet cloth and a little scrubbing. Have I mentioned I love this stuff? (Note: I am not being paid by Vectra, but I wish I were.)
I still couldn’t leave well enough alone, y’all. I’m a dot sister. Ask anyone. Let the dotting begin!
I think we’ll call her Dottie. It’s a good name. Sort of Southern-charm-ish.
Ready for Dottie’s debut?
Thank you for your patience today. We had so much to cover! 🙂 I’ve had fun, though. That IS the purpose, right?
Dottie had fun, too. She looks so happy, y’all.
I’m joining several of these parties this week:
SEASONAL SUNDAYS at The Tablescaper
LET’S GET SOCIAL SUNDAY at Memories by the Mile
METAMORPHOSIS MONDAY at Between Naps On The Porch
MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY at The Dedicated House
MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY at Alderberry Hill
MOD MIX MONDAY at Mod Vintage Life
PROJECT INSPIRED LINKY PARTY at Setting For Four
CREATIVELY TUESDAY at The Rustic Pig
INSPIRE ME TUESDAY at A Stroll Thru Life
TUESDAY TRIVIA at Memories By The Mile
THE SCOOP LINK PARTY at Crafty Texas Girls
TIME TO SHINE at A Diamond in the Stuff
TIME TO SPARKLE TUESDAY at The Gunny Sack
WOW US WEDNESDAY at Savvy Southern Style
WE DID IT! WEDNESDAY at Sew Much Ado
BEST DIY PROJECTS at The 36th Avenue
WHATEVER GOES WEDNESDAY at Someday Crafts
BEST DIY PROJECTS at The 36th Avenue
THURSDAY BLOG HOP at The Busy Bee’s
GRACE AT HOME at Imparting Grace
TABLESCAPE THURSDAY at Between Naps On The Porch
SHARING WITH THE DOMESTIC SUPERHERO LINK PARTY at Domestic Superhero
OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY at No Minimalist Here
TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY at Stone Gable
TGIF LINK PARTY at A Peak Into My Paradise
ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY at The Dedicated House
FIDLIN’ FRIDAYS LINK PARTY at Fidlers Under One Roof
WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS at Crafts ala mode
PARTY JUNK LINK PARTY at Funky Junk
SHARE YOUR CREATIVITY at It’s Overflowing
GET SCHOOLED SATURDAY at Too Much Time On My Hands
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