Painted Teacher Stool

It’s another edition of Monday Made It!  I’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest this summer drooling over all the cute ideas.  I know, we all have!  Well, I finally got away from my computer and got something accomplished.  I was originally inspired by this:

There is no way I could do all of that painting.  I’m not artistic enough and I’m certainly not patient enough.  Even though I love the stool, I was intimidated by it.  Then I came across this stool:

This stool has fabric mod-podged onto the top.  I love to sew so I’m more comfortable working with fabric.  The tutorial for this one can be found on The Crafting Chicks website and is super easy to follow.
Because I felt safe with trying the technique in the 2nd picture, I decided to make a red version.  One thing led to another and I ended up with a mixture of the 2 pictures. 
Here’s what my stool looked like before I began.

I started off by spray painting it red.  Then I traced a plate to make a template for the fabric circle.  I used my handy dandy sewing tools to cut out the circle and I printed a D from my computer to use as a template.

Here’s what the top looked like at after I glued my fabric on.  I punched holes out of construction paper so I could see what it would look like with added details.  I ended up painting larger dots around the edge.
Once again, I decided to add fabric instead of painting.  In this picture I’m wrapping fabric around each leg brace.  I applied a liberal amount of Mod Podge and it looks like it’ll hold up pretty well.

Ta-da!  The final product:

I think my next project will be to make new curtains for my classroom.  I like my old ones but I’m tired of them and I would like a new look.

I'm linking up with with Mrs. G at Teach on a Limb for her Mod Podge Mania linky.  If you have a Mod Podge project, go link up.  The big question is...How do you prevent bubbles when working with Mod Podge?  Inquiring minds want to know!  I must admit that I also ended up with bubbles, but only on the top of the stool and not on the leg braces.  Hubs seems to think my big butt will flatten them out when I sit on the stool.  He is so not funny!!


  1. LOVE IT! What a great idea to use fabric. You'll have to check out my Mod Podge Mania linky.

    Teach on a Limb

  2. It's precious! You have inspired me to decorate mine.

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

  3. I love that! I thought long and hard about using scrapbook paper or fabric on my bookshelves. Now I totally wish I would have. I guess I will just have to find something else to put fabric on now. ;)

  4. Your stool is super cute!! You did a great job!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  5. That turned out great - LOVE it! I'll have to remember to try fabric with mod podge! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  6. I have never heard about using mode podge on fabric!
    Thanks for sharing!


    Fancy Free in Fourth

  7. I love your stool. So fun!
    The Idea Backpack

  8. Super, super cute. Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower and would love to have you join my "Blogs of Inspiration" page.
    Happy Teaching,
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  9. Love it! I had no idea fabric would stick with Mod Podge!

  10. That is so stinkin cute! I have a stool at school and I'm feeling the need for a makeover. Thanks for sharing.
    Blog Stalker

  11. Well this turned out absolutely ADORABLE! I think you are very artistic! I definitely am in need of buying a stool or rocking chair because all of these paint jobs I am seeing around or fantastic. Yours especially! :D

    Reaching for the TOP!

  12. Oh my gosh, I couldn't love it any more than I already do! Wow! This is my inspiration for a future Monday Made It. I hope mine comes out half as good as yours did. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  13. Very cool... I also revamped a stool and posted about it on Monday Made It a few weeks ago! I painted mine... Check it out here: Painted Author's Chair

    Let me know how your chair holds up...I'm curious how many scuffs mine will endure throughout the year! Lol...

    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

  14. AMAZING! What an exciting stool. Good luck on making curtains. I made some earlier this summer, and couldn't be happier.

    P.S. I love your blog design!

  15. LOVE the stool! I have a boring stool and need to give it a facelift also. I like your fabric idea too! I just bought fabric today to make some curtains (my mom will help me-haha!). Love your blog!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  16. Ahhh! I've been drooling over that same stool!! I love your interpretation and the fabric!! It looks great!!
    Rowdy in Room 300
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  17. Wow! Your teacher stool turned out so super cute! Thanks for sharing it and linking up:)

    4th Grade Frolics