Stool transformation and reveal……

I picked this stool up today at a yard sale……

I loved it just like it was but this was a piece for re-sale and I felt it needed a change.

Tracy from Tracy’s Trinkets and Treasure’s did an awesome job on a stool transformation that she posted….


Her foot stool inspired me to get a little creative with my stool.

And I did.

Wanna’ see?

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Think it adds up? I love her green but thought this blue may work with my “beachy” clients.

Mine is actually a stool for sitting, so it is a little higher than Tracy’s.

One of the worries I had when painting this piece was how she painted it without getting paint all over her woven seat.

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That really was not that hard.

So, don’t worry about that. You are distressing the piece, so it doesn’t have to be perfect up to the edges of the seat. I just carefully used my brush around the seat and it turned out great.

I have a lot of questions on how I distress my pieces, so I wanted to really show pictures showing the level of distressing I do.

I really went heavily with this distressing to “mute” the blue a bit.

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My look I’m going for?

Loved and worn.

Not worn out.

Paint will be bare in some places, where I picture hands rubbing over time.

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I know one day, when I look back on these pieces, I will probably freak out about how “elementary” they look with the techniques I am using….

But many of you need to know…..I learn something new every few pieces.

I look back at some of my earlier stuff and cringe a little, but hey……..

If I never started…..where would I be?

Probably still thinking I should have tried it.

I am glad I did.

Speaking of which…..

Drum-roll please…….

This is me.

I needed tags for my product….

And this is what I decided to name my “line”.


Whatcha’ think?


Love it? Hate it?

I really love it…..

Just so you know.

I love embracing the age of a piece…..the beauty of it’s structure…..

But making it new for more generations to come.

Transforming it.

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This is a new step in my life.

A healing change.

A transformation……….

And I would never have made it this far…….this fast……

Without you all.

Let me know what you think about this stool.

What do you think of my “name”……

And what you want to see.

Check out Tracy’s inspiring stool and her other more recent projects!



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0 thoughts on “Stool transformation and reveal……

  • October 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Here is my favorite part   “If I never started…..where would I be?” 
    I’m needing to change things up a bit myself!
    thanks for the inspiration
    love your Transformations (and the name too!)
    love your blog!

  • October 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Great name, and love all the work you do, and how much you really do enjoy each piece you transform. And you know what? The earlier pieces you did that make you cringe, somebody loved and thought you did an awesome job and are proud to own!

  • October 2, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I liked the stool very much as it was, but that color blue is just lovely and I do think it makes it more sellable.  And I love the name Transformations!

  • October 2, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I love the name you picked out for your business.  It is perfect.

  • October 2, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Love, love, love this stool! I wish I could run down and buy it from you right now for my kitchen. It’s exactly what I want at my island! Your pieces are just beautiful Rebecca you should be so proud of the work your doing and I love the name! 


  • October 2, 2011 at 3:04 am

    First of all thanks for the shout out.  Next I have to tell you that when I saw the stool thumbnail on my sidebar showing you had a new post, I thought hmmm that looks a lot like my little stool. How nice of you to mention it!  :)  I like the blue.  I use to not like blue, but I do now.  I think the distressing looks good too.  I know how far you have come because you use to paint in leaves and grass with spray paint.  I think Transformations is a really great name. 

  • October 2, 2011 at 4:11 am

    It’s a wonderful treasure and you did it up perfect! You are so right, we all have to start somewhere. Be proud you had the courage to start =D Heartfelt congrats on living your dream. Transformations is a fab name and it really fits what you are doing. Thanks for sharing.

  • October 2, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I think your business name is wonderful!  I think that it speaks to the furniture and to something personal to you makes it so much more meaningful.  🙂

    Your words about being where you are today because you took the first step is so encouraging!  I very much needed to hear that, thank you!!  Now, when you look back, look back with a kind eye at your early projects knowing that she was still new at things!! :)The stool is so cute in blue!!  I like how you take care to distress in places where it would naturally be worn…very nice effect and it certainly does make it look loved!! 🙂

  • October 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Well I love it   The color is so heavenly blue  and your distressing is perfect in my eyes.  Transformations is a great name for what you do….Like a caterpiller into a butterfly… right ?  the same piece of wood and fibers, but with a new look…fresh and unique.

  • October 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Thank you Laura! Tell me…..are you taking your sky pictures with your old camera? Those are gorgeous! Love your blog! Love, Me

  • October 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Tracy, always love seeing what you are up to and will always mention how and when you inspire me! Thanks for stopping by! Love, Me

  • October 2, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I wish you could run down here and visit! I would give it to you! Thank you for all of your encouragement and for stopping by! Love, Me

  • October 3, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Yep, you got it goin’ on, girl!  Perfect name, perfect little stool.  And in the future, when you’re famous,  can I say  “I knew her when….”?

  • October 3, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Oh, thank you!!!!  🙂  I love yours, too!!  But you probably noticed that!!!  🙂

    No, actually that’s my point and shoot!!!  Honestly, I often liked the pics off that one better than off the dslr!!  Of course I had the stock lens and was realizing it’s limitations in certain situations.  Light, or lack of it, had always been my weak spot.  I just never got good pics with it in low light.  However, the p&s does better.  Just as I was starting to get brave on the dslr with non-manual settings, it died.  🙁   Sad that I had it for like 5 years and didn’t really get off manual til a few months ago!!  Live and learn, right!!??  🙂

  • October 3, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Pretty and love the name

  • October 3, 2011 at 4:11 am

    beautiful colour and love you got it and transformed it all today! that’s quick work

  • October 4, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Nice color choice.  I think you did a great job, and “transformations” is a great name.

  • October 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Very nice! I like the shade of blue….thanks for sharing. I’m thinking you’re pretty pleased.

  • October 7, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Love it! It would be great if you joined my party too!!


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