Tale of Two Stools

Most of you have probably noticed by now my major faux pas on the lovely French Stools I showed you a couple of weeks ago.  I’m not even going to repost the photo because I feel so ashamed.  The number two stool (deux) is spelled wrong!  Doh!  Sometimes you’re so close to a project that you can’t see what’s right in front of you.  I was so excited to link them up to all sorts of link parties that week, and all I could do was hang my head in blogger shame.

I was going to quickly redo them and repost them, until one fateful day last week . . . I’m on Craigslist several times a day looking for various items to get my little hands on.  I had been looking for more stools (a couple of pairs) so I could recreate them (correctly) to sell in my booth at Nellie’s Barn Sale coming up in October.  When, lo and behold, I came across these beauties:

I had seen similar stools at TJ Maxx recently in black and I absolutely loved them!  But they were $100 per stool.  I do think our guests are worthy of sitting their behinds on a $100 stool, but I just couldn’t justify the price, so I’d pass on them every time I saw them.  The ones I bought on Craigslist were $30 for the pair.  Yep.  $15 each.  That price was much easier to stomach since I have champagne taste and beer money.

I had also recently purchased these lovely captain chairs on Craigslist ($40 for the pair) from an owner of a bed and breakfast

She said they were her mother-in-law’s chairs and they were given to them when they were newlyweds over 40 years ago.  I always need to know the story behind everything I buy.

I just love how worn the chairs are in all of the right places.  They now sit at each head of our dining room table.  And since rush seats remind me of the dining set I grew up with in my Nana’s house, it makes sense that I’m drawn to the rush seat stools as well.

So I painted the stools black and waxed them this weekend and think they look perfect in our soon-to-be-finished kitchen/dining area (I promise to provide pictures of our entire kitchen very soon.  We’re almost done!):

I distressed them ever so slightly.  I wanted them to look store bought, like the ones I saw at TJ Maxx.  I’m really happy with how they turned out and how much less expensive they were.  Double score!

Now I shall fix the number two (deux) on the French stools and they will be with me at the sale in October.  I may even do a second pair . . .

Linking to:


Furniture Feature Fridays

The Lettered Cottage


  1. Love the finds! Great job on the stool!!

  2. They look wonderful! I couldn’t handle the $100 price tag either.

    Thought I was a follower, however, didn’t see ‘me’ here so I followed again. You are very talented and I look forward to seeing more creativity.

    Stop by and say hi when you can ~

  3. Well, I knew I had to follow you straight away! I LOVE the dark colour you’ve chosen for your stools. They look so classy and cool. I’m drooling!

    Thank you so much for linking up to my Paint, Please link party.


  4. What a great deal you found and then did your magic on the stools. Perfect.

    I am popping over from Sarah’s great paint party. (Link #34)


  5. Hi Laura, these are the very same stools I feature on my newbie post. I recovered and painted mine. That is the nice thing you can always change the look of them. Yours look great too. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party. Please add my link or button.

  6. they look so much better and updated in black! great job!

  7. I really like them black!

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