Thursday, June 2, 2011

My garden stool steal

Ceramic garden stools have been popping up everywhere... and they're so versatile and great!

{sources: pins from pinterest}

Use it as a table, use it in the garden, the entryway, as a foot stool, simple decor, the options are endless.  What you'll also find with these bad boys are quite a large price tag.  Average price when you search Google Shopping is $150 + some even as high as $400.  {YOWZER!}
I figured they would just be an item on my high priced style board of items I dreamed wish I owned.

Then recently during one of my weekend shopping escapades I noticed up high on a shelf that diamond in the rough that we all hope to score when we're out shopping!
A lonely glossy black garden stool. 
He seemed to have had a rough life up until now,
he was abused, scratched, dented, and been chipped away in spots. 
He had a big red line drawn across his price tag... but that red line meant saving big bucks for me!
His new price tag: $15!
{HAPPY DANCE!}
He was an exact replica of all the high end ceramic garden stools I've seen online,
but with a far better price tag,
{before pictures}

{ahem, dont mind my reflection in the first picture}

I took my time, and began with spray paint primer.  I applied each layer sparingly because I didn't want to have any drip lines from the smooth base.  I ended up doing about 5 layers in total with primer to be sure the black wouldn't show through to the final white paint layers.  I thought about sanding it down a bit to have the paint something to grab onto, but didn't want to risk chipping away more paint where it had been chipped.


{After about 3 layers of primer}
As I said I did it sparingly so even at 3 layers you could still see a lot of black showing through.  By the 5th layer, it was pretty much all covered up.

Then I began the glossy white spray painting.  I LOVE glossy white spray paint.
I think I have at least 654161 cans {ok more like 4} on hand at all times. 
{Honestly, everything looks better when finished with it. Easiest fix for junk finds turned to absolute treasures
}

I did about 4 layers of white spray paint, with long enough drying time in between too.


{voila!}
Not looking so rough now is he!

I finished it off with a layer of varnish to give it a little extra protection...
{just used what I had on hand}

The trick to varnish especially on a glossy finish is to attempt to only do one layer over a certain spot once.  The more you repeat over the same spot, those little pesky bubbles start showing up.  Thin layers, ample drying time, and patience.  However, for my stool I just did one layer over the top and towards the bottom just for a little extra protection from scratches.


I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
PSSST! this is the first sneak peak at my entry way make over!  Hope to finish it soon and do a big reveal but in the process of a big project for it... more updates to come.


$15                                                                  $169 plus S/H

{Happy dance!}

How about you guys?  Any thrifty make overs lately that got you dancing?!

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11 comments :

  1. WOWZA!!! Amazing find, super jealous!

    Patience

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  2. Just wonderful! I am your newest follower!! I am so excited to have "met" you through my blog so that I could find yours I look forward to being inspired! (Your comment on my blog really made my day thank you!!!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

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  3. Very nice job. I know how easy those drips can happen and especially the bubble.. Such patience.

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  4. I'm amazed at everything you post Pam. You are a gem.

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  5. Cute blog. Love the project you did!
    -Melanie

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  6. Hello blog friend just wanted to tell you I featured you on my blog today :) and yes we can totally be blogging bffs!

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  7. Look at you! You seem to have the spray paint tricks down! I definitely had a bunch of drip lines on my painting this weekend! Boo! I need to work on my lighter application technique!

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  8. I had been searching last week if anyone had done this...and then randomly found you today...awesome!

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial and tips , i have two ceramic garden stools that I've been wanting to paint but wasn't sure the spray paint would stick.

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    1. Just be sure to be patient, use primer, and sealer, take your time and you should love your results!

      Pamela

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  10. I'm so glad I found your tutorial on painting this ceramic stool. I got a blue stool last summer for $15 (at Homegoods) but wasn't crazy about the color. So I have it sitting on my patio and not in my house. I'm going to use your method of painting her so she can come back inside :)

    Thank you!

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