September 10, 2012

Repairing An Antique Stool With Epoxy Putty

 I fell in love with this cute little antique foot stool at the thrift store, but it had a problem!



This is what the poor little thing looked like when I found it



And this is why everyone else passed it up...Bad Dog?!


No problem!  After I did some heavy duty sanding of the wood, I used epoxy putty and molded it as close as I could to the original shape of the handle.  


After it dried I sanded it again to get it nice and smooth...Can you find the repair?  Maybe, but it looks pretty good.


I then painted it with heirloom white paint that I made into chalk paint.  It's been so hot here in Florida that I have been painting inside with homemade chalk paint, adding plaster and water to regular paint, no real recipe, but you can find a ton of them on the internet.  

I finally caved and got some Annie Sloan dark wax...I love it!  It gave an authentic aged look to this little stool 


I covered it with pretty toile fabric and lined the inside with wallpaper 


Then I finished the backside of the lid by copying onto Fabric (Tutorial HERE) a furniture ad from Graphics Fairy.   I glued the printed fabric with Fabri -Tac and trimmed it out with braid 



Oh, this little stool is feeling much better now!


Epoxy putty is a great tool to have in your DIY arsenal.  I have used it to repair wrought iron, fix broken corners on tables, and to fill in missing gesso on ornate frames (Tutorial HERE)


I am going to price this cutie at $38 and put it in my booth at Orange Tree Antiques

 Thank You to everyone that entered the Goose Creek Candle giveaway, the winner is Gina @ Random Thoughts Of An Incoherent Mind

Congratulations and Happy Creating!

60 comments:

nádya said...

Dear Carol, as usual the result is incredible! I love that new look of the stool, the fabric is so, so cute!!!
Have a lovely week!!!
Blessings,
Nadya

Gina said...

Wait a minute! Here I am oohing & aahing & then I see my name!

Ok, first of all I am in love with this little footstool. I can't believe the transformation! I love the fabric choice & I love how you went the extra mile wallpapering the inside & adding fabric to the backside of the lid.
You amaze me!

Second of all, I won? I won! Thank you so much, Carol!

Anita said...

Very sweet...thanks for the tip, I had not heard of epoxy putty.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It's beautiful, Carol! You did a great job on the repair; I can't even see where it was. Love the color and the fabric you used. I'd buy this for $38.00! : )

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

The little stool not only feels better, it LOOKS so much better too ...even inside! Thanks for the tip on epoxy putty!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Love the shape of this sweet footstool, and you did such an amazing job transforming it! It won't last long in your booth, that is for sure!

Congrats to the winner of your giveaway! So sorry to have missed out on entering it, I just haven't been doing much blogging lately...busy with other things.

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Vesna - Kalipso said...

It is a real beauty! I love it.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is just gorgeous! I would look so cute in my romantic bedroom! And congrats to Gina! Hugs!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol,
No doubt it will fly out of your booth quickly. What a little darling. Love it. I am going to have to try that wax too.
Happy Creating,
CM

Celestina Marie said...

Oh and forgot to Congrats Gina on her win. She will love it. CM

Into Vintage said...

Your transformation in amazing!!I've passed up a few pieces of furniture that were a little too rough for my skill set but epoxy putty may change that for me! I too make my own chalk paint but I splurge on AS wax because it's the best I've used so far.

Cyndi said...

Thanks so much for showing another "tricks of the trade"! The stool is adorable.

It's All Connected said...

It's lovely inside and out! Who wouldn't be thrilled to find this for only $38? I'm pinning so I don't forget the great repair tip. ~ Maureen

laurie said...

its beautiful, you worked your magic once more,

Carrie@comfortablycarriedaway said...

Carol-
I just put that very same putty to use yesterday on a chair that is missing a "chunk". I also have used it for many dressers, cabinets etc. I use a lot of Elmers wood putty too, but for the BIG holes...this is the ticket! Your stool is adorable!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG! an unbelievable transformation! Simply gorgeous!
*hugs*deb

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Way to go for seeing what everyone else missed...a treasure with hope. Great job, can't tell which part was damaged! I love how it turned out, and especially love the graphic you used.
Debbie :)

Katherine Wolak said...

What a lovely transformation! Girl, you cannot see anything! Fantastic job!!! :D I love the colours and the images work so well! :D

Hugs,

Susan Erb said...

Wow - now that is an awesome transformation, as usual! Where did you get that gorgeous fabric? I need to try the homemade chalk paint recipes I keep seeing in blogland.

Congrats to Gina!

Sue

Connie said...

What a wonderful tip. This product is new to me. Your stool is far beyond pretty and I love that it has a little hiding place. You amaze me with your marvelous attention to detail. That chair is gorgeous too!
Have a great day, Connie :)

Shabby Gr8 Dane said...

Another inspiring and incredible transformation. I think that I forgot to tell you that I stopped by your booth back in May when I was in town for a few interviews. Such a feminine and shabby booth, I immediately knew which one was your booth, it left me wishing for a quick move to Florida. Will finally be moving beginning of November! A tad bit longer than I had planned, but at least we have a date pinned. Can't wait. Thanks for sharing one more fun and creative piece!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Oh thanks for this! I have an ornate frame that needs help and I wondered what I could use! ♥

NanaDiana said...

Carol- Great repair job- I just love it! It turned out beautifully- xo Diana

Pat C. said...

Unbelievable. Just unbelievable. That cannot be the same footstool you bought! It can't be! What a ***gorgeous*** job you did on it!! Your talent and attention to detail are truly inspiring!

xoxo

violi igłą malowane said...

Beautiful footrest ...

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol,
Another great transformation! Love the fabric! I will be adding the epoxy putty to my tool chest for sure!!
Hugs,
Deb

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Turned out just gorgeous which I have not seen a piece you have done that is not!!!

Fleur4Her said...

Very sweet. Nice job on the repair. - Fleur http://apalaceinwonderland.blogspot.com/

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

I have a larger version of that stool, a bench with almost identical fabric, only no boo boo. I hope you don't mind if I copy you. It's so sweet! Thanks for the inspiration.

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Oh my goodness! This is beyond delightful. :-)

Marilyn said...

You are brilliant!! The stool could come to my house and be very happy!♥♫

Createology said...

Love your repair and final transformation of this adorable little stool. I would have never known it had been a teething toy for a dog. Beautiful...
Congratulations Gina.

Diane said...

Girl, you are a genius! Can't tell it was ever gnawed on! LOL. And congrats to Gina, she cracks me up...

Debbiedoo's said...

That is a cutie pie of a stool if I ever did see. Thank for the tip on the puddy, never heard of it.

Perfectly Printed said...

So sweet!!! I'm sure it won't last long in the booth.

chris

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

It's another great project by Carol! You sure gave it a new life and it's so pretty now too!
Congrat's to the candle winner! Thank you for your kind comment about ME!
Warmly,
deb

Pam Lambky said...

Wow, Carol. You did a superb job seeing all the hidden potential this old footstool had buried way beneath it's surface! I love the shabby cottage colors and feel of it! I wish you had your booth in my state! Even though I love my french, I also love and incorporate a few pieces like this in my house. I'll let you see a few of my pieces soon! xoxo's Pam

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Carol!
Oh wow what a beautiful job you did. I loved seeing the before and afters and reading about how you did it all. Clever girl you! And the way you finished the bottom is just so pretty. Love it to bits.
Thanks for sharing.
Holly

Deborah said...

What a great job you did. Noone would be able to tell from a cursory glance taht the dog had been chewing at it :) Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit. I just liked your page again on my new FB account -- long story :))so I will be visiting more often.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I had to fix dining room table legs once with this method...we had a Saint Bernard puppy..need I say more? :) I love that toile you put on it--where did you find that? I am always looking for a pretty toile like that!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Carol,

Beautiful footstool! I thought how in the world can you fix it. Well not only did you fix it it's just darling inside and out.

Dee

Darlene said...

So clever. I love the pink/cream/brown toile fabric you paired with it. AND the little slipper chair. So cute.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Fabulous save! What a great idea to use epoxy putty, I can't even see where the repair is. I love the toile you used on the top...such a pretty soft pink.

Stampin D Amour said...

Carol - this BEFORE & AFTER makeover are amazing!!! Love it!!!

So funny that you finally caved and bought some of the AS dark wax, what do you use to apply it on? (brush, foam brush, rag, etc...)

-pmalea ;)

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

GEEZ! I thought it was adorable even BEFORE you showed that you lined the inside of the stool AND decorated the underside of the cushion! You are one talented lady!

Teri Coleman said...

I LOVE IT!! WHAT AN AMAZING TRANSFORMATION! ok I'll stop screaming now ;-) I learn so much from you! all I need to do is put it into practise and at that point I will prob be in touch every other day crying HELP!

I love your blog! keep up the good work :-)

SavannahGranny said...

You are a genius! Nuff said. Love to you, Ginger

Rebecca said...

Totaleeee fabulous girlfriend. WHAT CAN'T YOU DO?

Um...NOTHIN'!

xoRebecca

Connie@shabbyforsure said...

Hi Carol, I love how your stool turned out. It is absolutely beautiful...Connie

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

You are a genius! :) Now to the wedding....when is it? I read the post on the shower....what fun that was. Loved the game y'all played with son and you look SO cute in your polka dot dress! xo

Simply Lokal said...

The stool turned out so beautiful. It won't stay in your booth long. - Revis

Little Susie Home Maker said...

That is one of the best tips. Puppy teeth damage exists on some of my furniture, so this is a great idea for me. Love the way you did the lining inside and the graphic on the bottom of pad. It looks so nice and pretty now!
Blessings,
Susie

Gill said...

Hi from a Brag Monday neighbour! You did a fabulous job on this stool and it looks lovely. Gill theshoogliebrush.com

20 North Ora said...

Carol - That little stool turned out precious. You did such a good job!!

I have loved going thru and reading all of your wedding preparations. You've really done a fantastic job.

Judy

Little Miss Maggie said...

Carol, you never disappoint. I have never heard of epoxy putty but I use epoxy glue all the time. The fabric is absolutely perfect for this little gem. I can't even tell you did a repair. Simply perfect.

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

This is the most precious thing I have ever seen! Love it. Thanks for the idea for damaged furniture.

Vintage Street Designs said...

Your little stool is just sooo cute! I'm sure it will sell right away! Great repair job! :)

Katie said...

I love the fabrics you used on the chair and the stool! I need to go get some of that putty, I have a naughty puppy too! XoXo

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Another WONDERFUL project, Carol! Thanks for the heads up about the epoxy putty!

Chenille Cottage said...

What a delightful transformation, Carol! You turned an ugly duckling into a swan!
thanks for sharing, my friend,
Carolynn