With the weather getting warmer and having the 3-day weekend holiday, it was indeed a great week for us. Ok…maybe “for us” might be a little exaggeration, as Greg and Barish kept complaining about the work I put them onto. But on a positive note, I realized that I am getting better at dodging questions like “why can’t we be like normal families? like the ones who enjoy the good weather and have fun during the holidays?” Hahaha 😉
Although the pond the project is still carrying on, our vegetable garden is finally set and in business! And yes, despite the fact all this yard work is a little back-breaking (literally! For 3 days I had to wear my back brace due to my chronic back pain…) I am totally delighted that we are back on track with our yard work! Oh by the way, I even managed to get this step stool makeover out of the way, so I couldn’t be happier with our progress last week.
I found this step stool at the Put & Take last year and brought it home with us. It is in pretty decent shape as a step stool and was very useful in our garage. But since we will soon be doing a bedroom makeover, I wanted to move it to our walk-in closet and thought I should give it a little face-lift before it leaves the garage.
I started with taking off the glued on carpet pieces.
I have to say this was the most tedious part of the project. The carpet came off easily, but the glue didn’t want to budge! After a lot of scraping and sanding and scraping again, I finally got the surface cleared.
Before painting, I cleaned all the surfaces with a damp cheesecloth and prepared my homemade chalk paint in the Warm Onyx color. Didn’t I tell you I loved this color so much that I was planning to use it more often? Well here it is once again 😉
After giving the step stool 2 coats of my homemade chalk paint, I put it aside for the paint to dry.
In the mean while, I prepared some stencils for it. Since I was going to place it in our bedroom, I wanted to go with a meaningful pattern, so I chose a postal stamp pattern for each of the cities/countries we lived in. I only left Afghanistan out because we really didn’t live in a city there.
Once the paint dried, I waxed the step stool with white wax to achieve this nice smokey gray color. You may be thinking, what about the stencils? Well that is the good thing about chalk paint. It can be applied on almost every type of finish. Therefore I wanted to get the white waxing out of the way and reach the main color I wanted without having to worry about the stencils. When the white waxing was finished, I cut the stencils with my Silhoutte Cameo on a re-positionable adhesive backed vinyl and using the transfer tape, I placed the stencils randomly on the steps.
Using my homemade chalk paint prepared in cream color, I started stenciling the postal stamps. I applied only one thin coat of paint with a sponge brush.
The result was perfectly neat, but in real life, the stamp ink would have bleed a little. Therefore I picked a detail brush and started making those postal stamps not so neat-looking. One additional line here, some thicker dot there… and achieved the look I was after.
Before applying the final protective coat, I put the stool aside for a day. This was so the white wax would start curing and wouldn’t be removed when I applied the clear wax. The next day, I applied the clear wax as the final protective coat and my step stool was ready for use.
Here are the close-up pictures to show you the details a bit better.
The stamp below belongs to the city where I grew up and where my family lives. The date on the stamp is the date Greg and I landed in Izmir, and he met my family for the first time. What a day it was for him! LOL
Awwww… Saigon! Of all the places we lived in, Saigon has a special place in our hearts. Such a great city and such great people. I can’t speak highly enough of Vietnamese hospitality! We made so many friends for life there. I really can’t wait for Greg to write about the time we spent in Saigon. I am sure you all will love his Saigon posts!
Annnd back to normal beauty shots…