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Vintage Step Stool Makeover (with 6 Free Mandala Stencil Files)

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In this vintage step stool makeover, I painted an old stool with a deep-colored chalk paint and then adorned the seat with a stunning mandala stencil brushed with dark silver and rose gold metallic paints. I’ve included 6 free mandala stencil files for both Cricut and Silhouette machines for you to download and enjoy!

When I look at my recent posts, it seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve painted anything. But the reality is, I’ve been painting all along! It is just that I don’t post every time I decide to change the paint color of a room or a piece of furniture. I guess it happens a little too often, so I don’t want you to question my sanity – or Greg’s sanity in that matter…or should I say whatever left from it, hahahaha 😀 [People, you gotta understand something here – we’ve painted our interior walls three times in the four years we’ve lived here. THREE!! And we have 18-foot ceilings! GAH! The woman drives me bonkers! -Greg]

What can I say – I love painting and the power of paint! Hence I just keep changing the color of things until I am happy with them, and this little vintage step stool is a perfect example of that.

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I bought this little stool 3 years ago from a tag sale for $3 and I really love the shape of it. It is one of those old world stools and it’s very useful for a shrimp like me.

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When I gave it a makeover for the first time, I was influenced by all things Farmhouse on Pinterest, hence I painted it with these grain sack stripes. But the thing is, it never matched anything in our home and became kind of a sore thumb. Besides, when I painted it 3 years ago I never applied shellac before painting, hence the knotty part in the wood started to bleed up into the white paint. When that happened, I had no choice but to keep this guy out of sight. That is, until last weekend, of course…Yup, I again got an uncontrollable urge to paint last weekend, so I decided to give this little guy a second makeover. 😉

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Just recently in one of our facebook groups, I saw a couple of painted bed side tables and I wanted to try the same color: Wise Owl Chalk Paint in Abbys color. So as usual, right after cleaning the step stool, I grabbed my favorite paint brush and gave it 3 thin coats of paint.

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Once I finished painting the step stool, I worked on the stencil. I love mandala stencils, so I prepared a bunch to choose from. Though I was leaning towards the first one, I couldn’t decide, as they all look great. That is when I turned my babes to help me.

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Among these 6 mandala patterns, my babes also liked the first one best, as it was the least busy one.

Oh, before I forget  – if you like any of these mandala stencil cut files, you can download them from the VIP Patch. I am sharing 6 PNGs and 6 SVGs as and they all will work with both die cut machines: Silhouette or Cricut 😉

After uploading my file to the Cricut Design Space, I scaled my stencil to the size I want and sent it to my Cricut for cutting.

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Once my stencil was cut and weeded, I placed it on top of the seat using transfer tape.

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Next, I picked my dark silver metallic paint and started stenciling the mandala design using a sponge brush. The paint I used was Martha Stewart’s metallic paint in Thundercloud color, as I had it on hand, but if you can’t find the same one, Modern Masters Metallic Steel Gray color is pretty close to what I used.

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Once the second coat of dark silver metallic paint dried, I started stenciling the middle part of the mandala with Folkart’s brushed metal paint in rose gold color. Here is a note about Folkart’s brushed metal paint: it goes on much easier and looks much better if you use a brush to paint it. But for the transition area where the color goes from rose gold to dark silver, I found that a foam brush works better.

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When the rose gold paint dried, I carefully peeled off the stencil. After slightly sanding the stenciled surface, I wiped the stool clean and applied Annie Sloan clear wax to the entire step stool. And that was that!

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Not too shabby, is it?

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I really love the look of mixed metallic paint, and I’m pretty amazed how a little stencil completely transformed my old step stool to something this lovely! I hope you like it, too! 🙂

Now it is time for sharing the free stencil cut files: if you want to use any of these mandala stencils files, please help yourself by clicking on the picture below. You’ll find all these beautiful mandala patterns under the “SVGs – Stencils” section of the VIP Patch. Enjoy!

Handan, xo

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23 Comments

  1. Wow, I would never have thought such a country, rustic piece could be made to look sophisticated, but that is exactly what you have done! It’s beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much, Derry! I am so happy finally getting this stool out of the closet. Now it is living where ever I leave it last, as it goes well with the rest of the furniture we have 😉

  2. Nice job. Love the choice of colors. Just spotted the small print of the ladies legs with drooping nylons, can you pass that along? Would Look so cute in powder room. Your Postings Are Always entertaining, Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much, Betty! Oh the french lady legs – yes of course we can share them. I’ll tell Greg to prepare them as printables and post them as soon as possible 😉

  3. i love a project that is beautiful and useful, and this stool is a prime example i am tall and have to get stuff from the high shelves in the cabinets for all the stumpy people i live with but even i need an occasional lift and this would be so much better than dragging the ladder out every time xx

    1. Thank you so much, Chris! Hahahaha – now that our son grew more, I am the shortest in our house. But then again I’ve always been a shrimp, hence step stools will always be my best friends. 😀

  4. Beautiful colors. And showing with your tassels they all “go together “ very nicely. I love your stencils but I don’t have a way yo cut them out.

    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! Yes, the tassels go great with the new look of my step stool! Also, soon I am planing to share a post about making signs and in that I will show an easy method to transfer patterns / writing on wood. Maybe that way you can transfer these mandala patterns to wood and fill in the lines with paint 😉

  5. I was disappointed that you were changing the colours as I thought they looked good. That was until I saw the changed version. Just lovely!
    Suzanne (excuse what you may call spelling mistakes, I’m from Australia)

    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne! Hahaha- I don’t see any spelling mistakes, since I learned my English in UK.So I also spell certain words like you do (such as colour) and Greg proofreads everything I write to Americanize it LOL 😉

  6. The first one in blue and white was so beautiful but the stain coming thru would drive my OCD off the charts. I am not disappointed in the finished oroduct. You’re a genius, great job!!