Stools...I have a ThinG for them!

Stools, simple upholstered stools...I have a thing for them. When I see one, the first thing that pops into my head is what it Could look like, the second thing is, where will I put it in my house or how can I sell it because I don't have room for another one in my house. Sometimes I even pass up these ugly little creatures Because, I don't want to have to deal with getting rid of them. Here are some of the many that I have made into beauties...some with before pictures, some without.

This blue one, for example was all white when I found it. I adore MacKenzie Childs and so my vision was to paint the curvy legs in their style. I found a needlepoint that would fit as the top and upholstered it using brush fringe as accent.
This was one of my very first addiction to stools. I still have this piece.

This next one, I was determined NOT to buy. I knew what it could be IF it was given some love. Oh well, I lost that battle.
The lady kept going down in price and I kept going back and looking at it. So now you see the beauty it became in my green toile guest bedroom post here.

This next one is another inspiration from MacKenzie Childs. They were putting tassels on furniture that I found very attracted to. So with this having the space for such a treatment, I purchased this ugly duckling and...
This stool is now used every day in my master bathroom post here.
This next one was another unexpected find. It had such attractive (sorry, no before picture) legs but again was unloved. I decided that toile was the way to go and gave it a shabby look.
Since I love how black and white check pops on my upholstered pieces, I added it as trim here. My girlfriend bought this piece from me as soon as I was finished with it. It looks great in her home and it is a versatile piece.
 This stool is unusual because the lid comes off for storage. I purchased it for $6 at an antique store and upholstered it shown in this post on my blog.

 The next stools that I will show you do not have before pictures. Some are in my home and some have sold or are for sale.
This stool I made a slipcover for.

Sold this stool and table that I painted.

I made the stool, cushion and pillow. Now I am selling the stool, it has black legs.
I made this one for my daughter. It has a needlepoint top and I painted cat prints on the legs.

This was purchased for $4 at a garage sale. I put the needlepoint top on it.

This was purchased for $6 at a garage sale. I upholstered it.

I purchased this for $10 because of the cute size and great legs. I upholstered with my leftover curtain material in my kitchen and use it for a step stool.


You can see the red flower stool in my post about my kitchen here.

Like I said...It's just an addiction.  Terry

I am linking up to these parties:
Funky Junk Interiors Sat. Nite Special  
Be Different Act Normal Show and Tell Saturdays 
Stephanie Lynn's Sunday Showcase Party 
Denise's Re Party 
Susan's Met. Monday
Carrie's Amaze Me Monday
Cindy's Make It For Monday
Cielo's Show Off your Cottage Monday 
Sassy's Trash to Treasure
Linda's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Kim's Boring to Better Party 
Gina's Transformation Thursday 
Becky's Under $100
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday 
The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday
Little Knick Knack's Everything but the kitchen sink
Cindy's Show and Tell Friday
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday 
Vintage Inspiration Friday 
Frugalicious Friday 
Flaunt It Friday 
Masterpiece Monday


  1. Wow, Terry, I like all of your stools. The slipcovered one is so cute! Do you take commissions? I have no sewing skills :(

    Ricki Jill

  2. I like your addiction!!! These are all gorgeous...and frankly I've never thought about painting stools!!! You've given me new inspiration!!!

  3. You have inspired me!!!! I am going to stat making stools.

  4. Oh how much fun I had seeing all your before and after pictures. My very favorite one was the stool with fabric that looked like writing. I have "spots" many of the others would look good in, too. I'm going to have to start looking for stools.

  5. Awesome! As beautiful as you make these stools, it would be a shame to turn any down.The top one is my fave, I think you are better than Mackenzie Childs!

  6. Dear Terry,
    I won't sleep for a week after reading your post on these beautiful stools. You have activated every nerve of creation in my body...You are awesome and what a stunning job you do. I can't believe I have not found your blog before now.
    Have A Sugar Sweet Day
    Simply Debbie
    I am going to read your whole blog

  7. Hi. I'm your newest follower. Love your style of decor. Did you just start blogging in November? Welcome to blogland. I look forward to getting to know you.
    ~ Julie

  8. You are "SEW" talented! Seriously, I wish I lived closer so I could purchase some of your amazing creations. The only problem I would have is which one to choose. They are all gorgeous!

  9. Your stools are gorgeous! I love all the different ways you have prettier them up. Why you could run a reform school for wayward stools!

  10. You really have improved those stools, and then taken improvement to the next level. I can do a simple recovering, but I have never attempted to add the trim and, wow, what a difference that makes! I am going to become your newest follower!

    If you have time, I would love for you to link this post to my blog party at http://firstadream.blogspot.com/

  11. Wow! I love your stools, absolutely beautiful, bravo:-)
    Hugs, Biljana

  12. Oh, I have a stool/bench fetish, too. Love the first and the black& white gingham one. They are all amazing! You have a real talent. I'm in the process of making a couple so I really apprecited this post :D

    Take care,

  13. These are just precious! You've poured a lot of work into them and they are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing, you are very inspirational! I think I have an old stool around here that I can change up a bit!

  14. Wow....I mean REALLY wow! Your addiction to stools is something to behold. Your vision for each of them is spot on. Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. wow!!! YOU HAVE A LOT OF STOOLS! but very pretty ones!

    Come share this at my crafty mondays linky party!!!


    I also have a $15 giveaway going on too!

  16. What great transformations!! Absolutely stunning! Loving them all!


  17. Love your stools!!! Where do you get your needlepoint pieces?

  18. I have a thing for stools too. The minute I saw the first stool, I knew MacKenzie Childs had to be your inspiration. All of them are pretty and have there own personality.

  19. You are the stool whisperer! I don't think you should pass any up because they look sooo much better after you've had them!*winks* Vanna

  20. Your stools are gorgeous! You've got me sitting here thinking about the stools I have here in my home that are in desperate need of some love. ;)

  21. They are really lovely. What a talent.

  22. I bow to the master. I love the green and white one. I am always looking for stools myself.

  23. Ooooohhhh...now I want to collect stools! All of them are gorgeous...how fun!

  24. Coming from Kims and wow glad I did these are fantastic, I love them all but I think of all of them the $6 transformation is so darn pretty!

  25. I have a thing for stools too! (and chairs, tables, desks) :) Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites- Trash to Treasure Tuesday! We are doing a LABEL giveaway today, so come back and check it out!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  26. I love all of your sweet little stools and the way that you have transformed them into such pretties.

    I am new to your blog. I saw you on Kim's blog and decided to hop over for a look. I'll be back to see you often. If you get a chance stop over and see me, I'd love to get to know you better.


  27. You definitely have a talent for redoing stools! They all look fantastic! :)

  28. You really have a great eye for detail and your work is beautiful! I love all of the stools!


  29. Terry your stools are ADORABLE! I have similar addictions... to chairs (my Mom says I never met a chair I didn't like)... benches, stools... yeah, they have so much potential don't they? Wish I had more room for these projects but I had to stop picking them up because I just don't have the room to store them until I can get to them. Anyway - enjoyed your post.


  30. You have the knack for transformation ... love what you are creating here, especially the fancy trims you use!


  31. Wow!! What beautiful stools!! You have an eye for them for sure! I love the needlepoint and the frenchy writing one~ Sooo cute! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  32. oh wow, what an amazing imagination you have, your painting and upholstery skills are so creative!

  33. I have featured your fabulous stools on my latest post -
    All my recovering is so simple and after seeing the magic you work with trims, I'm thinking I need to be brave and play around with fringe and trim and cords and dangly goodies.
    Your blog is wonderful, with so many fabulous posts. I would love for you to come over anytime and join my latest link party!!!

  34. Oh my goodness, I love each and every one of your stools! Your painting of them is beautiful, the colors! And the fabric and trims that you use are gorgeous. You are the Master of Stools Made Beautiful!
    Best regards,
    P.S. I am going to become your newest Follower. I look forward reading more of your posts!

  35. Oh, Wow. Fabulous! Love it~
    I am your newest follower.

  36. I just found your post about stools! I also love stools! The one you have with the removable seat probably was a sewing stool. You would sit on it while sewing with your machine which was in a cabinet. The space under the seat could be used for sewing supplies. Singer made matching cabinets and stools.

  37. Each one of your stools is a great makeover. You have wonderful vision for these ugly ducklings. I enjoy seeing how you've transformed these pieces. Very inspirational!


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