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The Story of a Stool…

I want to start off by thanking you for being so patient with me. Β I promise to have new recipes soon πŸ™‚ Β For now, I want to share with you the story of a stool.

My mom made this stool before I was born. Everything in the picture is exactly how she made it. Minus the torn fabric and worn wood… nothing has been changed. My dad assembled the legs and my mom upholstered it. As a little girl, I remember her sitting on this stool at her vanity putting on make-up & jewelry. When I went off to college I needed a stool for my desk. She gave me her stool and I gladly accepted it. This stool stuck with me all the way through grad school. After I graduated and got engaged to Mr. Weekly Bite we were going through all the things we wanted to move. He immediately picked up this stool and said “trash?” I refused to throw it away.

We’ve moved three times now. Every time we move I always see him try to sneak the stool in the throw away pile. I refuse. He questioned my craziness. My answer was always the same. I wanted to recover it. Thirty-five years later, this stool finally got a makeover.

I removed the material and cut new padding. Mr. Weekly Bite fixed all the legs and I went fabric shopping.

M supervised πŸ˜‰


Nineteen dollars and a little bit of wood polish later… this is the final result.

We love it!! It goes perfectly in our living room πŸ™‚

Here’s another before pic…

And the after…

M’s response… “SO PRETTY MOMMY!!!!”

I can’t wait for my mom to see it πŸ™‚ I know she’ll love it!


14 Responses

  1. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on June 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

    It looks great! I love repurposed furnishings πŸ™‚

  2. Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 17, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Thanks Samantha πŸ™‚

  3. Gregg Guenther said on June 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

    And of course you’ll write the long story w/details for M to carry on πŸ™‚

  4. Sarah said on June 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

    The stool looks great! I could stand to do that with a few of my own furnishings:-).

  5. Nicole, RD said on June 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I love it! Yellow is darling against that wood!

  6. Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama said on June 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Love it! You did a great job. πŸ™‚

  7. Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Thank you Maryea πŸ™‚

  8. Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique said on June 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Love the new fabric! Well done Estela. πŸ™‚

  9. Brooke @ Waiting to Rise said on June 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    So cute! I love the print…where did you find that? So bright and fun….goes great with your personality!

  10. Granny Deb said on June 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I AM LOVING THIS STORY !! It turned out just beautiful, Estela.
    I’m so happy that you guys revived it and have added to the history of it ! And, of course, I know that your Mom is really going to love it !!!

  11. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on June 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love this! We are all about repurposing things! I love when you can give furniture, especially with history, a new life. It’s beautiful Estela!

  12. Estela said on June 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you Sarena πŸ™‚

  13. Estela said on June 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Brooke – I ordered the fabric from they have such great stuff πŸ™‚

  14. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said on June 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Very cute! Love the story behind, it’s great that you kept the stool all these years.