Farmhouse Step Stool


Another chalk paint project! This time using a super sweet retail chalk paint & wax called FAT paint. A dear friend of mine just opened her own shop in Vancouver selling this product and I had to try it out!!!

The colour I chose was Autumn. It's a perfect faded country red with a hint of an orange to warm it up. I love this colour!!!

Last summer I wanted to give my kitchen stepstool a makeover. It's gorgeous, shaker style and solid maple. I was very hesitant to paint it but I slapped some paint on anyway and instantly hated it. No photos. Sorry, I suck at before shots... I hate it when I want to make over a piece but have absolutely no clue how I want it to look. It took 8 months for this inspiration to come to me. Sigh.



My step stool looked kind of like this when I began:



I began by painting the whole bench red.  I even waxed it because I thought I was done, but I wanted something more.  Something special.  Something that I was really in love with...


I decided to paint a checkerboard pattern on the treads.


I started by taping off my squares.  I mixed up a tiny batch of home made chalk paint in ivory (just added some baking soda!) and painted the squares.  I pulled the tape off right away and, being the impatient person that I am, didn't want to wait for the paint to dry.  I discovered that my brush was exactly the same width as the tape I was using, so I just went ahead and painted the extra squares free-hand.


I added the "flourish" (found on clipart) across the fronts of the steps.  (scribbled across the back of the photo with HB pencil and traced the pattern onto the bench then went over the outline with a Sharpie)



Then I sanded the whole thing and added a thick coat of wax using a paint brush.  My supplies??


Lovely, lovely stuff!!!  


PS One of these lemons is fake and one is real - can you tell which is which??
  


Have an happy and creative week!


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61 comments:

  1. It looks amazing. I love the checked top. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Lovely indeed! Great job, Anne, as always. Love that you added the checks. I've never heard of that paint before, wonder if we'll get it down here? Great idea to include the scroll on the front. Nice styling too! And no, I can't tell which lemon is fake....the one on the left? Have a great weekend!

    Debbie

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  3. Your stepstool is too cute to step on! You did a great job bringing new life to an ordinary piece, and I'm loving the checks, too!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  4. The step stool is really cute! I may have to make a journey north to try this new paint/wax out! Since I'm just south of the border it wouldn't be too difficult.... and maybe squeeze in a stop at Ikea :)

    ~Chris

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  5. What a great project! I have never heard of FAT paint but it looks like it worked great on your step stool. Really nice.

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  6. Ann, that looks just fabulous and the checker board design was the perfect finish. The little scrollies are also perfection!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  7. Anne!!!!!!!!! (I'm screaming really loud right now)

    That stool is to drool over! I LOVE CHECKERBOARD! The curly design is AWESOME!

    If we guess the correct lemon do we win a prize? The one on the left looks real in a fake way and the one on the right looks fake in a real way. I have no idea!!!!!!!!!!

    XO
    ~K

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  8. So cute. Love that you did the checks - that totally made the piece. I've been following FAT paint for a while but haven't had a chance to try it yet - soon hopefully.

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  9. Anne you are so amazing, I love this. It has me dreaming of the country :)

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  10. Wow! That is really lovely! I have never heard of FAT Paint but will keep an eye our for its arrival here. What is an HB pencil? I'm still waiting for good weather to try a furniture piece and we got our first hint of it today!

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  11. You have done a really brilliant job. From now on you'll be storing your shopping on the top shelves, just for an excuse to get put the steps to good use.
    xx

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  12. Love it Anne!
    The checkerboard is wonderful and the effect you got really appeals to me!

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  13. This is such a pretty stepstool, Anne. I have an old one in my kitchen that I'd love to redo, so may give this idea a go!

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  14. Well Anne ... another masterpiece ... love the color and the checkerboard design. I may just need to copy this. Lemons ??? I think the one on the left is fake.
    Thanks for sharing your talent.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  16. Sweet paint job! I have one of these that my husband made "back in the day" aka the 90s, when wood crafting was all the rage. It's still in it's original stained state, but after seeing yours, that may change REAL soon.
    JoAnn

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  17. What a great idea and it looks fabulous! :)

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  18. I love this stool....it's just the perfect red...mmmmm and checks too?!!! PERFECTION!!! ~Tammy

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  19. Love it! You had me at checks :) Pinned

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  20. That is a sweet little stool and the checks are the perfect addition.

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  21. I love the fat paint. You did a great job on this project, it turned out so pretty, love the checkerboard design. Always love seeing your inspirational pieces of work. Have a great day!


    Jody

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  22. So adorable and such a neat idea to paint it then stencil! I'll have to google the Fat paint and see all the colors, they have!

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  23. Super sweet Anne, love the checkers - you've done a lovely job!

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  24. I wanna Fat paint my bathroom vanity - love how your stool turned out!

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  25. Love how you added the checkboard and scrolls too Anne - so pretty!

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  26. I love FAT paint too and Autumn is my favorite color right now. I am using in on small items as well as some furniture. Great finished step stool.
    Joy

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  27. how simple to use the painters tape for the checkers....awesome

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  28. The step stool looks great in red. I know how you feel when hesitant about paint or not, but this was the right choice! Love the checkerboard.

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  29. I love this Anne! You're so creative, and that creativity has translated wonderfully to your little step stool. You realize of course that it's too pretty to step on ;-) Thank you so very much for sharing your FAT Paint project!!
    Victoria

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  30. Again with the step stool (and the paint)! This one is soooo cute with the weathered pattern :)

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  31. Love it! This is definitely one of the few times that FAT is good!

    Hugs,

    Mary Beth

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  32. I love this post because you told us exactly what to do! I'm not too good with the wax step so if this wax goes on with a paint brush it might be perfect. Adore the red.

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  33. What a cute little project Anne! I love the red checkerboard paint treatment.

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  34. I Like the new look here! Cute bench! I never heard of Fat paint and wax :)

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  35. I love the checkerboard pattern Anne -- I've never heard of Fat paint before...gonna have to go check it out! :)

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  36. Hi Anne! This is too adorable for words. I love the checker board pattern and the color too. I have a small bench that I have been wanting to do a checker board on. I am hoping to find time to do it now after seeing your project. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  37. Hi Anne, great choices on your kitchen stool! I love the color and the checkerboard pattern! Real lemon on the right? Thanks so much for sharing at the Rock N Share!

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  38. I have a little stool I painted green and stenciled blue numbers on, but I am loving your checkerboard design. I might just redo my stool.

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  39. I love your re-painted pieces! Love the checkers too!

    Thanks for sharing Anne!

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  40. I love your re-painted pieces! Love the checkers too!
    Thanks for sharing Anne!

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  41. Ooops sorry Anne. I almost left you a 3rd identical message. I think it's my computer's bed time. It's doing some funny stuff!

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  42. This step stool is too cute!

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  43. Hi Anne, Thank you for visiting me and becoming my latest follower and introducing me to your lovely blog and DIY! I am so impressed with all you have achieved and there you have some great ideas.
    Sarah x

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  44. You are a furniture painting phemom!

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  45. I love, love, love your way of describing how you did this project! Very cool! I would love to know your ratio of baking soda to paint!? Hmmmm, I have a stool, now I just need the paint! Awesome job, I really like it!

    ~Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

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  46. I love this little stool. You've inspired me to paint mine in the same pattern. Thanks!

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  47. Hi Anne, remember me, girl with almost the same coffee table from Belgium :-)? I love your step stool! It would be awesome if you could join my first link party with this project! It totally matches the theme (country & cottage). It even matches my blog button haha.

    Goedele

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  48. Impressive makeover!! So cute...Love the color too!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  49. Very cool! I love the result.

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  50. the checkerboard was such a great idea! how did you ever come up with it?

    hugs x

    Crystelle
    http://www.crystelleboutique.com

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  51. It came out amazing. I will be featuring it tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  52. love your stepstool anne! the addition of the checkerboard is great!
    catching you
    gail

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  53. I have a boring little stool for my grand kids. Shall I ad that to the list of potential paint victims?
    Bliss

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  54. A great red stool! I am so thrilled for Victoria and her venture. I have yet to pop into her shop but plan on painting my piano with FAT paint this summer!

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  55. Great review and tips! Sharing over on the Porch Productions page on Facebook now! :)

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