Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Another Step Stool Revamp

 Ever since I started blogging, I can’t look at store-bought furniture without trying to find a way to revamp it.  Little by little, I intend on revamping the furniture (or knick knacks) in our house to make them look like they are a fabulously personalized item.  But this takes time and time is a very precious thing when you have a life. 

For the moment, let’s concentrate on this simple little step stool. Step stools around my house never stay in one spot.  The Sun Kissed Boys are always carrying them to reach places that they should or should not be into.  This stool is in my kitchen right now.  I first sprayed painted it with Heirloom White.

I discovered this wonderful spray paint color by Rustoleum called Summer Squash.  It’s like sunshine in a can!!  My kitchen only has one window so it can use a little “sunshine”.  So I did a coat of Summer Squash. (I thought I had a picture of that but I guess I forgot to take a pic.) I distressed it but thought it needed a little something else.  

Because I am not good at freehand, from my printer, I printed “Sunny days” using Zapfino  font, bold, and sized at 110 to a plaint piece of paper.  I then traced it onto the step stool using carbon paper.

I filled it in with paint using a sample paint I had called Bittersweet Chocolate.  (I love names!  I've been know to buy paint colors (and wines) just for their name.  I'm a sap, I know.)  I knew I was going to distress the letters so I didn’t worry too much about staying in the lines.

Finally, I distressed the words.

Seeing it in its final spot makes me smile.

Seeing it being used makes me smile even bigger! 

Don't you love it??!!  

On a related note: While I was taking pictures for this post, Sun Kissed Boys #2 & 3 came by for a photo shoot themselves.  This is a rare one that I had to share.

Don't you love it??!!

Sun Kissed Boy #3 has taken it upon himself to revamp this stool.  I left paint out and he stepped on it then on to the stool.  For sentimental reasons, I couldn't paint over it.  This is what it looks like after he worked his "magic".

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To The Moon and Back said...

Love this step stool! thank you for visiting my blog and asking about my daughter's lunches. I purchased that divided container here

Love the photos of your kiddos and I found AshleyAnn Photography through your blog. What amazing inspiration! I am also in SFLA:) Trying to find a photography workshop in our area. Do you know any?

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Thank you! I'm trying to write you back but can't find your contact info in your blog. Can you e-mail me at

Unknown said...

yes, i do love it!! so cute

COTTAG3 said...

That turned into a really cute stepstool for your boys. Your boys are precious.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cute cute stool and cute boys. Thanks so much for coming by. I love your crisp clear photos. One of these days I want a really good camera.

The Ware's said...

Really cute! Great picture of the boys too!

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Wow! Love it! I would really like to see this on Modern Craftswoman Monday. Please link it up if you have time. Rory

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the little footprints! What a great project.

Cheryl said...

Nice project from beginning to sentimental end. That photo of the boys is fantastic.

Nice sunny S post.

Viki said...

I love it. The two boys are adorable hugging. LOL on the footprints. I really think it adds something to the footstool. Great S post.

Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler said...

Perfect little footprints! Adorable.
I buy things because their color names sound yummy, too.

Jo said...

the photo of your boys hugging is just priceless! wonderful project!

Jenny said...

Yanet, what a wonderful, wonderful post.

I never thought about making templates from blown up letters and I love that idea.

But even more I love the footprints. They are precious.

And so was this link to Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "S"!

Thank you for participating. I really hope we see you again!


Terra said...

wow, That was cool to see come together. It looks great.

jenn said...

i love what you did with this! so cute!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Aw...first of all...your boys are too cute :o)
And your son's perfect prints was the perfect touch for your awesome step stool.

Blessings & Aloha!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

It couldn't have been better if you planned the footprints. They make the stool!

Lori said...

SOOOOOOOO cute! The little footprints are just the perfect touch. Love it. Your boys are precious.

She's The Love of My Life said...

Very Cute!! What a great idea.

Cara said...

I'm in the market for a new stepstool right now for my potty training son. I LOVE what you did to this one. The color is so cheerful, the words and distressing are perfect (you know, in that non-perfect way). I'm so glad you left your son's footprints. They add such character and a personal touch!

B E C K Y said...

O My Goodness, CUTE! I just got a step stool from Goodwill this morning. Looking for inspirations and so glad I came across your adorable blog. xx

Unknown said...

OMG! That is so cute! Great picture of the boys too!