1 project, 2 ways. In 2 different parts of the world…ready?! For our first round, Belinda and I choose to work on these round stackable stools that everyone seems to have right now in their home. As I mentioned in my teaser post yesterday, Belinda from The Happy Home worked on her version while I worked on mine…not really knowing what we were each up to!
And here’s the result…
So…what do you think?!
While I was working on my little cross-stitched version in New York, Belinda made this gorgeous hand-painted stool inspired by aboriginal art. Pretty uh?! Now, now, this is the only picture I’ll share of Belinda’s stool, so make sure to go to her blog for more!
For my version, I found inspiration in the current dipping trend – even though what I did isn’t exactly dipping- and in some of the amazing cross-stitching work that I’ve come across lately. Here are some images that inspired me: this flower cross-stitch mural, the work of Jessica Decker, and this piece of furniture.
Want to make this stool for yourself? Hang in there, the DIY instructions are right after this jump!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- stool (something like the FROSTA stool from IKEA – unfortunately they don’t carry it in the US, boohoo)
- masking tape
- acrylic paint
- power drill + 1/4 drill bit for wood
- wool in 4 different colors. I used this Garn Studio wool -a bit fuzzy for this project I’ll have to admit…but the colors are so gorgeous!
- large-eye needle that will fit your wool
- paper and a printer
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Print out my cross-stitch flower pattern (you can click on the link to view then print, or right click to save the file to your computer).
2. Tape the pattern to the top part of the stool so it won’t move. Using a push pin or other needle through the paper, mark each corner of the Xs on the pattern – it will show you where you have to drill holes.
3. Drill holes with your power drill where you made the tiny marks. As you’re drilling, make sure to avoid any screws that are already in the stool to hold the legs. Do so by drilling sideways into the wood whenever a hole is meant to be direcly above a screw. Dust off the stool so that it’s clean for the painting part.
4. Use masking tape to cover that sides of the leg that aren’t going to be painted.
5. Paint the edges of the legs and the top part. Let dry. Add as many coats of paint as necessary until you are happy with the result.
6. Varnish the painted areas.
7. Let the stool dry for a few hours. Once it is completely dry, thread your needle with the wool and start cross-stitching your way through the flower pattern. If you have never cross-stitched before, you’ll see, it’s easy – just find a tutorial on youtube!
8. You’re done!
PS: If you like this stool but drilling holes ain’t your thing, you can just paint the cross-stitch flower on your stool instead. Super easy and you’ll get a very similar look!