How to Upcycle a Metal Stool

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by Shop at Blu
4 Materials
45 Minutes

I found this beautiful vintage library stool at the thrift store. All she needed was a paint refresh and some charm. Check out how easy it is to upcycle a vintage metal library stool.

These vintage stools were primarily used in industrial warehouses. I remember them from the library in my grade school. This will be great in my kitchen to reach high shelves and seldom used products.

The first step was to lightly sand residual glue and any rust from the metal surface. Next, I cleaned the stool completely with soapy water and allowed it to dry. I used Frogtape to tape off any section that I did not want painted.

My paint of choice is Rustoleum 2X gloss in Seaside. The coverage is fabulous.

I traced the shape of the top of the stool and the 3 small steps and then traced them onto decorative paper and cut out the shapes.

Finally I glued the paper onto the stool top and steps and allowed it to dry completely.

Last step was to set this beauty in my kitchen and give her a test.

She passed!

Suggested materials:
  • Rustoleum Spray Paint   (Walmart)
  • Elmer's Glue   (Walmart)
  • Decorative Paper   (Walmart)
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  • Shop at Blu Shop at Blu on Jan 28, 2022

    The Polycrylic coat makes it quite resilient. Plus, the colors and patterns are limited with contact paper. I was simply using what I had on hand. But that certainly would be an option! Great suggestion. Thank you!

  • L L on Jan 28, 2022

    I have an ugly old black one Think I will do Never thought of this thanks!