I love that my current kitchen has a ton of cabinets and storage. But let’s face it, when you’re 5’2 it doesn’t matter how many cabinets you have when half of them are out of your reach. To solve that problem, one of the first things I did after moving into this house was to hunt for a good step stool. There are two things short girls absolutely love, high heels and step stools! I realize that several of you are blessed with height and may not be able to relate. You have my permission to look down on me (literally) and gloat that you don’t have these kinds of issues. And while you are at it, I’m okay if you laugh because I can’t reach the plates on the second shelf. But keep in mind, if we ever get on an airplane together and one of us is cramped in the seat and the other one of us has plenty of leg room due to her “travel sized” legs I may not feel bad for you. As I sit in comfort, I will remind you that you laughed at me. lol
So now that we have established I am essentially the size of a middle schooler, you can understand my love of stools. I was hoping to find something like grandma had in her kitchen. You know the kind that looked like a chair but also had those wacky pull out steps that transform it into a stool. Did your grandma have one too?
The Yard Sale Find…
It wasn’t but a few months after moving in here, that I was driving through town with one of my very best friends and on a whim we decided to stop at some yard sales. It was on our third stop that I spotted an old Cosco step stool from the 60’s. I was happy to buy it for 10 dollars and immediately took it home. My husband was equally excited when he saw the grimy 50-year-old vinyl masterpiece of a purchase. He completely understood my vision and we both burst out and did a happy dance. Kidding. He has never spontaneously broken out into a synchronized happy dance with me but it is a pretty funny thought. What actually happened was, I showed him my new stool with a big fat grin on my face and he gave me the puzzled look that basically says, “You are a whack-a-doo but I love you”. He probably would have complained that I was bringing home more junk but I think he was secretly celebrating that he wasn’t the one in the car with me on the yard sale adventure. The truth is, he would rather have his teeth set on fire than go to a yard sale.
So here she is in all her glory. How about that not so clean vinyl? Lovely huh?
Cosco Step Stool Makeover begins…
The rubber tread pads on the stool were already peeling up so I took them off knowing I would re-glue them after I gave this modern wonder a fresh coat of paint.
Before I start projects like this, I always grab a Ziploc bag and label it with the name of the project so I can keep all the screws together. I have been known to have a screw loose from time to time so I like to take extra precaution! Okay in all seriousness, this has saved me many times from losing those pesky little pieces. Especially when projects get set aside and finished at a later date. I also snap pictures with my phone before I start and step by step as I disassemble furniture. That way when I put the pieces back together I have pictures to reference if I get stuck.
Before I could paint the frame, I needed to remove vinyl from the seat and back support. I turned the stool over to see how it was put together and figured out the order to take it apart. Fortunately, it came apart easily.
The seat and back support of the stool each came apart in two pieces. The top was covered in the vinyl and there was second metal piece that fit inside the bottom that held the vinyl cover in place. The two pieces were secured with metal tabs.
Once I had my stool apart I gave it several coats of off white spray paint. I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover in Heirloom White.
After I had it all painted, I removed the old vinyl and used a scrap of piece fabric to cover the seat and back support. The material I used was really thick and didn’t conform easily. The fabric and I got into a little battle and that’s when I got resourceful and pulled out the plastic clamps. The plastic clamps helped hold the material in place while I stretched the fabric around the seat and back support.
I was careful how I placed my fabric so the pattern of my fabric wouldn’t appear crooked once it was on the seat. Once I had the fabric just the way I wanted it, I pulled off the clamps and inserted the plate that fit inside the back and secured the tabs. Now all that was left to do was to attach the seat and back support to the stool frame.
I glued the tread pads back on and I was done.
Hang in there 2nd and 3rd shelf dishes, I’m coming for you.
I loved how cute it turned out and for 10 bucks I couldn’t be happier.
How do you feel about yard sales? Do you love them or hate them? What are some of your favorite yard sale finds? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
Ps. If you like the little flower arrangement I put together in the stool picture, you may want to check out my tips to create your own arraignments from simple grocery store flowers.
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