A Vintage Nevco Folding Stool Is Transformed With Chalk Paint & A French Design Transfer

April 06, 2021


Photo of small wooden folding stool
I found this little stool at the thrift shop.  It was already painted green.

It needed a makeover!

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Photo of the brand name on the bottom of the stool
I recognized the folding stool as one that my Grandma used to own.  I know hers was shaped just the same with rounded leg indentations on one side.  Hers had a natural stain finish.

The bottom of the green one said it was a Nevco stool, made in Yugoslavia.  

Photo of me sitting on a similar stool in the 1960's
Here I am sitting on Grandma's stool back in the 1960's!

Photo of the folding stool being painted black
I sanded off a few paint drips on the stool, and then wiped it off with hot soapy Dawn Dish Soap water.

I then brushed on two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Caviar.

Photo of stool after being painted black
I decided not to distress the paint finish.

Photo of a gold script French decor transfer
I then pulled out a decor transfer that I had on hand.  The transfer is called Somewhere In Paris from Redesign With Prima.  (I received this complimentary transfer from Redesign with Prima, but all my opinions on the transfer are my own.)

I thought this gold script transfer would work on my stool seat.

Photo of decor transfer pieces laying on the stool
I cut out portions of the center of the transfer and laid them out on the seat of my stool.

More photos and details on how I apply decor transfers can be found in an earlier post HERE.

Photo of gold script decor transfer applied to stool
The decor transfer went on without a hitch, as I was very careful. 

When I waxed the stool, the haloes around the lettering disappeared.

Photo of a jar of Rustoleum Metal Accents paint in gold
I then brushed Rust-Oleum Metallic Accents Paint in Soft Gold on the edge of the stool. 

Photo of stool with gold metallic paint edges
I applied two coats of the metallic paint.

Photo of waxed top of painted stool with decor transfers

I love this paint color and the gold transfer.

Photo of staged finished stool
The stool is very decorative, and can be used as an extra seat or to hold a plant.

Photo of staged painted stool with decor transfer

Photo of small folding stool hanging on the wall
But, I actually like it hanging on the wall.

Photo of folding stool hanging on the wall like a sign
It's more fun than a sign, but it's kinda like a sign!

Photo of upcycled folding stool hanging on the wall
It doesn't take up much space so I will probably keep it!

Thanks for visiting!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Such a special memory! You looked like you were having fun with grandma! I sure miss my grandma and think of her quite often...I love the memories too.

  2. You look adorable in that photo! The stool came out so pretty!

  3. What an adorable picture of you!

  4. This is one of my favorite projects you have done to date!!!


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