Saturday, January 5, 2013

Crazy for Benches and Stools!

Before I show my benches and stools, I wanted to share some very exciting news with you!! I was one of the winners at Whisperwood Cottage's most recent Cottages & Bunglalows Magazine Scouting Party!!! I just received my issue in the mail and it was a dream come true seeing one of my projects in print! I am beyond excited and so grateful!! Ahhhhh!!!!!


Can you believe it?!?!? If you would like to see more of the project go HERE.

Ok. Back to the stools and benches! :)

Over the last few months I've been coming across quite a few stools. I have a hard time passing them up when I see them because they are just so cute and there are so many ways you can redo them!

As for benches, I found three of them two years ago and have finally finished redoing the last one.

The benches originally looked like this: 


The first one turned out like this: 


The second one like this:


And the third now looks like this: 


I used the same concept as my Union Jack pillow to recover the bench with drop cloth and lace. 

I was so excited to get started on the rest of my stools that I forgot to take before pictures, but here are the afters of them all. 



This was a simple unfinished pine stool that I stained in Dark Walnut, painted, distressed and stenciled the grey star on top!



I didn't have to do anything to this stool and I love how rustic is it!

I have been snapping up yardsticks and rulers for a year anytime I see them at estate sales to collect enough to start making some projects with them. I am in love with how this stool turned out!! 






 

Which one is your favorite?

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63 comments:

  1. The little rustic one is too sweet! My husband's and my plan for retirement is to own a cabin that this little guy would look perfect in :)

    As far as the stools that you actually redid, the yardstick one is incredible and would be perfect in my entryway. I wish I had this kind of talent!

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  2. You did a fabulous job on all of them. Love the one with yardsticks, I've been collecting them too for the last year just waiting to use them on something. Still need to collect a few more though.
    Thanks so much for inspiring me today!

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  3. Hey, Suzy! I like them all but my favorite is the yardstick stool. The Carter Lumber yardstick is from a now closed Carter Lumber that was only 3 miles from our house! Well done, my favorite 30 year old niece!

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  4. I loved them all so much...I just had to pin them!! But if I had to pick one it would be the Yardstick..or the Star. :) Dang..They're Awesome!
    Denise

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  5. They are all so cute!! I LOVE the one with the yardsticks :) Happy New Year!! Laurel

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  6. So hard to pick a favourite! They all look lovely :) More inspiration to keep growing my yardstick collection!

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  7. Seriously? They all look great. Ruler one tho? My fav by far! Nice job!

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  8. I'm such a nut about ruffles--the ruffled one is my favorite!

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  9. This is a fabulous post on stools ~ I love 'em all!! Especially the one with the rulers and the Union Jack one ~ and I have never cared for any type of Union Jack design before but yours rocks! Great design!

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  10. These are all AWESOME...you did a wonderful job on them...it's hard to pick a favorite.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  11. I love the one with the yardsticks and rulers!

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  12. Those are gorgeous! I especially love the union jack one.

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  13. They're all wonderful. I do love the yardstick stool. I've wanted to do a project with yardsticks for some time, but haven't come across just the right piece.

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  14. I love these stools! I wouldn't have changed a thing with the rustic stool either! And I love the yardstick stool! Too cute!

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  15. Nicely done, my favorite is the yardstick stool!

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  16. I can hardly resist little stools. Yours are cute, cute, cute!!
    Mary Alice

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  17. I love your stools and benches. They are gorgeous! I too love stools. I am always on the look for them. Thanks for sharing. You have a cute blog. Karie

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  18. Can I just say that they are all my favorite? You did great on each one and they each have their own personality. Great job!

    Blessings, Amy

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  19. OMG I love ALL of them. So cute! The ruler one is really sweet though ;)

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  20. I too have a love for stools and even wrote a post of a bunch of my stools over the years. You did a fantastic job on all of them. Makes me want to do something with yard sticks too.

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  21. Congrats on your feature. Love your collection of the stools. Love how unique all of them are.

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  22. Congrats on your feature. I LUV the stools. All of them!

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  23. Adorable benches! I love all of them! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  24. My favourite is the one with the yardsticks but I'd have any of them in my home, happily! X

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  25. Congratulations, that's fantastic! These are all so adorable, but I do love the yardstick one the best. Such great work!
    Liz

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  26. Popped on over from Nick of Time. I too share your passion for stools. I have a few myself and am always on the lookout for more. I have a three year old grand daughter and they sure come in handy for her use. I especially love the diversity of how you finished yours off! I usually paint and recover mine with fabric. You have definitely challenged me to try something new!!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
    Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
    Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com

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  27. These are all so cute! I love the ruler one! They've been pinned. Thanks so much for sharing your great idea. Have a wonderful day!

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  28. Oh my goodness, I love them all! Thanks so much for sharing and for inspiring others!

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  29. I love these! They are so cute especially the star and ruler ones. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Peggy

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  30. congrats!

    so happy to find your sweet blog via the party!

    when you have a moment, we'd love to have you stop by to say hi!

    smiles to you.

    michele
    hello lovely inc.

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  31. Another super star is born, congratulations. I'm stopping in to pin that little yardstick stool, it is adorable.

    Bliss

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  32. Each stool is a darling project! I love them show all together!

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  33. My favorite is the yardstick stool. I saw it on Pinterest and had to come by and tell you how much I love it!!

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  34. I love them all, and congrats on the magazine feature! I would love for you to come link up at my weekly linky party Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. I'm working with a couple of bigger bloggers to feature great projects, so I'm hoping to bring fabulous exposure for participants! http://ajennuinelife.blogspot.com/2013/01/thrifty-to-nifty-thursdays-2.html

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  35. They all turned out so well! I particularly love the dark, rustic stool... just gorgeous!

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  36. They are all so cute!!! I think I love the ruler one the best... guess it's the teacher in me! :) Super cute!!! Also, CONGRATS on being featured in a magazine!! What a tremendous honor!!!

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  37. Each stool is wonderful. Like so many before me, my favorite is the ruler stool.

    I will be back for more ideas.

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  38. Wow! These stools are all so lovely! I would love to have any-or all- of them in my home:) Congrats on getting published!!!

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  39. Holy cow! You are on a roll! I adore every single one of them, but I think the ruler one is my favorite! You have really done a fabulous job. And congrats on being published!

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  40. Congrats on getting published! Isn't it a thrill? I love all your stools, but my fav is the one with the rulers. I have quite a thing for old rulers--been collecting for a few years.

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  41. I really love the ruler one. I have been seeing a lot of things done that way and it looks so cool.

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  42. Love the stool with the rulers! I think my boys would really like using a stool like that.

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  43. Three of them are my favorite! I can't say which three because I don't want to hurt the other one's feelings.

    I seem to gravitate towards stools, too. I have five in my bedroom alone.

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  44. Oh my gosh I just love all of them!
    You make me want a stool. or 2. or 3 or
    Will be on the lookout now for sure!
    XOX

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  45. Those look AMAZING!! Congrats on getting published!

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  46. Congrats on the C&B feature, that is so exciting! Love you stools they are adorable.

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  47. I adore the yardstick stool! I found you on the LLR linky party. If you have time, I would love for you to check out my blog. :-) (www.justdoityall.com)

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  48. I like all of them. I think my favorite is the ruler stool. Your ideas have gave me a few ideas with stuff I to make a stool for my 5 year old grandchild

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  49. I loved your yardstick bench! I saw it on Pinterest and it reminded me of a desk my dad recently made in terms of school house charm. I just wanted to let you know I mentioned it on his blog with credit to you of course!

    http://flatriverfurniture.blogspot.com/2013/01/1000-pageviews-and-yard-stick-benches.html

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  50. Love, love, love these stools! I can't even pick a favorite, they're all just so cute! You really did such a beautiful job transforming them!
    Allison

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  51. Congrats! That is so exciting. Love those stools too!

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  52. Oh how I love the yardstick stool! I pinned in to my "Reinventions" board. :) Congrats on the feature, I'll have to check out an issue of Cottages and Bungalows too! :)

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  53. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    Have a fantastic new year!

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  54. Congratulations on the magazine Melissa! And all your benches are fabulous !

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  55. So, so cute!!! Thank you for sharing. I am featuring your cute stools and benches at my party tomorrow afternoon. -K

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  56. love them all! I have a small round stool that I use all the time. I'm just about 4-5 inches too short. It's amazing how much I can reach with that little stool. :)
    great job!
    gail
    ps catching you

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  57. I love all your stools, they are so cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  58. The feature in the magazine is a credit to your creativity. You should be so proud! The stools are some of the cutest I've seen. I'll be looking for these when I'm out junking. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Nancy

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