Up-Cycle An Old Step Stool

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I found this well loved step stool at the thrift store and I had to buy it.  My mom’s birthday is coming up and we had run across one of these before when we were together.  I has saw it at a local flea market and bought it.  She saw it and said she needed one too but there wasn’t a second one to be found.  I’m going to up-cycle this stool for my mom’s birthday!

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You’ll need:

White Lightning Cleaner

Dixie Belle Midnight Sky

Dixie Belle Silver Gilding Wax

Dixie Belle Silver Metallic Top Coat

 Dixie Belle Gator Hide

Before you get started – clean your piece with White Lightning Cleaner.

First paint on 1-2 coats of the Dixie Belle Midnight Sky letting it dry between each coat.

Once the paint was dry, I took the Dixie Belle Silver Metallic Top Coat and dry brush stroke lightly on the step stool.  This creates a streaky metallic look.

Kind of reminds me of falling stars.

The picture truly does not do this effect justice.  It is so much better in person.

Once that dries completely and you have the desired look you want, use the Dixie Belle Silver Gilding Wax and wipe on around the exterior edge and in the center hole of the step stool.  You can use a rag or your finger and simply wipe it on.

After letting that dry completely, add 3 coats of  Dixie Belle Gator Hide following the instructions to protect it as it will be well used and get high traffic.

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  1. Naomie Moore says:

    Love this! Your mom is going to be sooo happy! ???? Who doesn’t need a step stool? I am tall but even I need one for the top shelves of my kitchen cabinets. Doubles as a side table when using the low sand beach type chairs in the back yard for parties, and great as a seat while washing the dogs. Great score and great job. ????

    1. Thank you Naomie, and you helped me come up with more ways to use a step stool that literally a step stool 🙂 I love the side table! I’m thinking a foot rest/ottoman might be great too. My mom wants to use this as a seat for putting her shoes on, & love the washing the dogs idea too! Sending hugs to you my friend!

      1. Naomie Moore says:

        Awe you are so welcome! The possibilities continue . . . Sending hugs back to you too. ???? Have a fantastic day! ????

  2. I love your “falling stars” description. You have such a creative imagination! I’m sure will love her new stool. 🙂

    1. Thanks Linda, I’m so excited about how it turned out – the pictures don’t do it true justice. I am ready to make myself one now – lol. Hugs my friend 🙂

  3. Great makeover. Happy to see another Dixie Belle lover sharing projects! Have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks Virginia. I’ll be sure to stop by and see what you’ve been up to with Dixie Belle as well. 🙂

  4. That step stool looks like an expensive items that you would buy at an upscale store.

    1. You are so kind Elise, thank you very much 🙂

  5. This is lovely, your mum must be so pleased. I love the metallic edge finish, it really give it an extra something!

  6. Our granddaughter made a stool in her woodshop class and it would really look great in this color. Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks Sandra and I love that your granddaughter made a stool in her wood shop class. Thanks for hosting a wonderful place for all of us to share ideas 🙂

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