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Checked stool

Turn a simple wooden stool into a funky piece of furniture with a little bit of help from Resene.

Fun with furniture with Mark Rayner - Project 15

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: a piece of red and black checked fabric (we used an old Swanndri jacket), a clean cloth, laminated wooden stool (ours came from ‘The Warehouse’), paintbrush, sandpaper, scissors, staple gun and PVA glue. Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer and Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Black.

To get the look: Mark painted the background wall with Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen tinted to Resene Float.

Other ideas: Use a piece of black and white checked cloth and paint the stool legs with Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Alabaster.

Step 1
Step one
Lightly sand the laminated surface of the stool to provide a ‘key’. Wipe off any sanding dust with a clean cloth.
Step 2
Step two
Apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to the stool legs and underside of the seat and allow two hours to dry.
Step 3
Step three
Apply two coats of Resene Black to the underside of the seat, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Apply two coats of Resene Black to the stool legs, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 5
Step five
Apply a coat of PVA glue to the top of the seat, brushing to create an even layer, as shown.
Step 6
Step six
Press the seat down onto the piece of fabric and staple around the underside edge, as shown.
Step 7
Step seven
Trim any excess material and apply a second line of staples, close to the cut edge.
Step 8
Step eight
Fix the legs to the stool using the screws and allen key provided.

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