Thrifted Stool Upcycle With Navy Chalk Paint & A Cozy Sweater Stencil

January 07, 2022

Photo of a small wooden stool.
This little stool was a local thrift shop find!  It had a Hobby Lobby sticker on the bottom, and it's still available at Hobby Lobby online HERE.

I paid just $4 for it. It was a great deal!

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Photo of a small wooden stool being painted navy blue.
After wiping the stool down with some hot soapy Dawn Dish Soap water and a rag, I brushed two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in "In The Navy" onto the legs and apron.

Photo of a stool top being painted off white.
After sanding the top to smooth it out a bit, I brushed on two coats of Dixie Belle in Drop Cloth.

I planned to use a decor transfer on top of the off white paint...

Photo of Dixie Belle's Cozy Sweater Stencil.
But after receiving this fun Cozy Sweater Stencil from Dixie Belle, I quickly changed my plan.

Photo of a small wooden stool painted with Dixie Belle's In The Navy paint.
I painted the stool top with more In The Navy!

Photo of the cozy sweater stencil laying on a wooden stool.
The stencil size was almost the perfect size for the stool top.

Photo of a cozy sweater stencil being taped onto a stool top.
I centered the stencil up and down and sideways, and taped it down with blue painter's tape.

Photo of a chalk painted and stenciled stool.
I moved the stencil to the right and to the left to add just one partial row of stenciling on each side. 

Photo of a chalk painted and stenciled stool.
Cozy Sweater is perfect for winter decor projects.  Pair it with a chunky cable knit afghan!
Photo of a navy chalk painted stool stenciled with a cable knit cozy sweater stencil.
I waxed the stool using a soft lint free rag and Dixie Belle's Best Dang Wax in Clear.

Dixie Belle Paint Company provided me with complimentary product samples. All opinions about this fabulous stencil or paint are my own.

Photo of a navy chalk painted stool stenciled with a cable knit cozy sweater stencil.
I actually found this off white yarn at Dollar Tree.  I just wound the skein into a yarn ball.  

I had the knitting needles on hand, even though I haven't used them in years.

Photo of a navy chalk painted stool stenciled with a cable knit cozy sweater stencil.
I like the little stool much better in navy with the stenciled top.

Photo of a navy chalk painted stool stenciled with a cable knit cozy sweater stencil.

Photo of a navy chalk painted stool stenciled with a cable knit cozy sweater stencil.
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  1. Carlene, I love what you did with the little stool, especially the "sweater" stencil on the top. You are such a good stenciler. I have never mastered the technique without smudging even though lots of people say it's easy. Anyway, great makeover!

    1. Thanks so much Naomi! I am not a free hand artist. I just have a lot of stenciling practice and a dry brush. Keep trying!

  2. Oh I really like the way that turned out. That stencil is really interesting and the color is perfect. Thank you for continuing to repurpose things. There are not too many left that just do crafting. I appreciate that you are still doing what you do best!

    1. I love upcycling and repurposing! I always wonder when it won't be be popular anymore. Thanks!

    2. As far as I’m concerned it will always be popular! I love it too and only wish I was able to do more of it. I’m getting there little by little. Health issues kept me down for many years but I’m on the mend and hope to get back into it very soon! Keep up the great work!

    3. I hope you are right! Wishing you a healthy 2022.

  3. thank you for sharing that Carlene. I am a newly upcycler and it's great to get ideas and inspiration



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