Every home with young kids has a little step stool like this in a bathroom. I mean, how else are they going to glop toothpaste in the sink and spray water all over the mirror, if they can't reach? I guess I'd gone too long without holding a paintbrush, because I spontaneously decided this stool needed softening.
I raided my fabric swatches for something that coordinated with the Kids/Guest Bathroom, and found this sample. I had checked it out from JoAnn Fabrics ages ago for $5, and apparently never taken it back. I'm assuming that means I paid for it, and it's mine? Hope so, because my stool is wrapped in it.
These samples are the perfect size for a throw pillow or other small project, and $5 is a fraction of the cost per yard for these high-end fabrics. Jackpot! Does anyone know the proper protocol for "purchased" samples? (JoAnns refunds your $5 if you bring the sample back.)
Moving on. For the base, I simply took my fabric to the craft store and chose a coordinating color from the row of $1 acrylic paints. After brushing on a few coats, I sprayed it with a high-gloss finish. Then I cut the fabric to size and stapled it to the underneath, folding the corners like a package. (No foam or batting needed since this is a foot stool.)
Remembering this stool's intended
Now instead of junking up the bathroom with kid gear, this little stool adds to the decor! (Just because kids use it, doesn't mean it has to be hosed down with yellow duckies.)
|Of course it looks like this everyday. Don't your kids keep their bathrooms this tidy?!|
|Someone needs to touch-up that vanity paint. 'Someone' usually means me.|
Kid tested and approved!
Have you turned an everyday household object into something special? Don't flog me, but if you're in the know regarding the fabric samples, please share with the class.
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