A Nordic Thrift Shop Stool Makeover and Nordic Themed Decor


This stool was one of my recent thrift shop finds.  I paid $10.  I shared it in a blog post HERE.

The tag underneath the seat identifies it as a Donie Chair Company product from 1992.  Judging by the heart stencil, I think it's from that "cutesy country" time frame.  

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I took the stool apart cleaned it up with hot soapy Dawn Dish Soap water and a rag. Sanded it a bit with 220 grit sandpaper.  (just to rough up the finish)

Next I painted the wood frame with two coats of Homestead House Milk Paint in Fort York Red. I distressed the milk paint with 220 grit sandpaper.

I then pulled out a Tim Holtz Mini Layered Stencil Three Pack, that I purchased about a month ago.

With the stencil, I created a Nordic style braid on the back slats of the stool.

I stenciled part of the braid with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in White, and the black using Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash. 

Now for the seat.  I thought at first that it was a rush seat.  I found a couple of different blog posts in which the authors stained the rush seat.  I tried that first with gray stain, but unfortunately, the stain remained sticky.  It just didn't soak in, even after overnight.

Plan B.  I used mineral spirits on a rag to remove the stain.

I then brushed on a couple of coats of gray chalk paint that I had on hand, Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Country Gray. 

I "wet distressed" the seat with a damp tee shirt rag to remove some of the paint.

A Nordic Thrift Shop Stool Makeover and Nordic Themed Decor #stencil #gnomes #tomte #nisse #NordicChristmas #dalahorse #upcycle #thriftshopmakeover #milkpaint
The stool frame was sealed with Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil  and the seat was sealed with Dixie Belle Big Mama's Butta.

After the hemp oil was dry, I also rubbed some Big Mama's Butta on the frame as well.  I used an INTEX Fiber Rag to apply both.

A Nordic Thrift Shop Stool Makeover and Nordic Themed Decor #stencil #gnomes #tomte #nisse #NordicChristmas #dalahorse #upcycle #thriftshopmakeover #milkpaint

A Nordic Thrift Shop Stool Makeover and Nordic Themed Decor #stencil #gnomes #tomte #nisse #NordicChristmas #dalahorse #upcycle #thriftshopmakeover #milkpaint
The stool update is complete.

A Nordic Thrift Shop Stool Makeover and Nordic Themed Decor #stencil #gnomes #tomte #nisse #NordicChristmas #dalahorse #upcycle #thriftshopmakeover #milkpaint
I have to admit that I have been slow to jump on the gnome band wagon.  These are the first two that I have ever purchased, including garden gnomes.

Gnomes seemed to coordinate with my Nordic theme, and with good reason.  Swedish gnomes are called Tomtes, and Norwegian gnomes are Nisses.

A Nordic Thrift Shop Stool Makeover and Nordic Themed Decor #stencil #gnomes #tomte #nisse #NordicChristmas #dalahorse #upcycle #thriftshopmakeover #milkpaint
Remember my small Nordic chair post?  

I added the chair to my vignette, along with a $3 consignment shop towel, a hanger with an Anneko Swedish Dishcloth ($5.95), an enamelware Dala horse plate marked Sweden (from a consignment shop for $3), and a MeraVic gnome sign (purchased at a local drug store $8.95.

Also two gnomes from the local drug store, the larger one was $31.95 and marked Dei Designs and the smaller Gerson gnome "Open House" priced at $2.99.

A Nordic Thrift Shop Stool Makeover and Nordic Themed Decor #stencil #gnomes #tomte #nisse #NordicChristmas #dalahorse #upcycle #thriftshopmakeover #milkpaint


A Nordic Thrift Shop Stool Makeover and Nordic Themed Decor #stencil #gnomes #tomte #nisse #NordicChristmas #dalahorse #upcycle #thriftshopmakeover #milkpaint
Going Nordic with red Christmas decor!

A Nordic Thrift Shop Stool Makeover and Nordic Themed Decor #stencil #gnomes #tomte #nisse #NordicChristmas #dalahorse #upcycle #thriftshopmakeover #milkpaint
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