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My Upcycled Furniture Project

Updated on May 19, 2013

Giving new life to old furniture

When I was cleaning up our old garage, a place I don't venture quite often, I found two gorgeous white stools which we used to have in the old kitchen, probably 10 or more years back. I gazed and I saw... Potential!

Both of the stools, even if they were really, really dirty, are in great condition so it would be a shame to throw them away... But as they are, well were, they wouldn't add value to my other furniture (not that it is too glamorous) as they were, well plain and even if I would decide to have them in one color some repainting would be in order.

I decided to go all mod podge on them and add some black and white details, the first one will become a small table for my partner and the second one a table for my mum.

All photos on this page are taken by me unless otherwise stated.

The Stool Before Makeover - Isn't it lovely?

I just couldn't throw something like this away. While it does look pretty cool as it is I still decided to give it a makeover.

Hello I'm Johnny Cash

For the number one Johnny Cash fan out there

My partner doesn't listen to a music genre, he listens to Johnny Cash. All the time... So you can imagine picking a theme for his stool was not all that hard.

I decided to make a Johny Cash Silhouette on a note sheet background with one of his songs naturally.

His silhouette wasn't all that hard to find online and the notes are from his The Essential Johnny Cash Songbook.

Naturally you could use any stencil and any background you wish. I will probably be doing a bird stencil for my mother but I have to wait while she decides what is her favourite song.

Getting started - Mod Podge Frenzy

Start cutting your stencil - cut out the dark parts. You can leave out the small spaces as they don't change much. I hope you are a patient person as this will take some time.

Prepare the surface of the furniture you are going to redecorate, clean it if necessary. And start applying the paper (sheet music in my case) with mod podge. Apply mod podge bellow and on the paper. I will admit, I have worked with mod podge a lot but never with regular paper so I did encounter a few problems - the paper wrinkled, there were air bubbles. I resolved the issue with a needle pin! I poked a hole in each and ever air bubble and wrinkle until it was straight (it took some time).

A very versatile little thing.

Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11202 Gloss Finish
Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11202 Gloss Finish

Perfect for decorating small objects as well as furniture.


Place the stencil on the stool and secure it with some duct tape. Color it with acrylic color (I used black, for the man in black). Remove the stencil when done!

Apply another layer of Mod Podge or varnish to seal everything and make it water resistant. This is a must for me as I just know my partner will be spilling the drink all over it and I would hate if if my efforts would be ruined.

And there you have it a stool that gives tribute to a legend.

Finished stool

What would you put on your stool?

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      I would put my husbands photo on it. It was taken when he was performing at a concert over 30 years ao, a reminder of the tall, dark, handsome man I married. But...I can see so many possibilities here. I think it's time we all re-thought the odd pieces of furniture we have and welcomed them 'home' again. Lovely lens!