I hope that you had a good start into the new school year! After the calendar and the wallpaper (you can download them here), I propose to you to transform a piece of furniture that almost everybody has in their homes, the stool. For me it’s the Frosta stool from Ikea.
Even if Ikea was inspired by the stool of the renowned Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, I cannot stand this stool anymore! Sorry Alvar! So, let’s go for a spectacular transformation into a table. Yes, just that ;-)
– An Ikea stool Frosta
– Edding or other spray paint
– Paper tape
– Double-sided adhesive
If your stool is already assembled, disassemble it. If you bought it to make this tutorial then unpack it and let’s go!
Draw a circle on the back and on the center of the tray of your future table. This circle is going to help you to position the legs in a triangle. Once the position of the legs is defined, draw their outlines.
The legs of your stool already have their holes, so mark their location on the back of the tray.
Now drill the holes in the back of the tray. If you are afraid of drilling through the tray, then you can do this: insert the bit in an existing hole in the back of the tray, and wrap adhesive tape around the bit to mark the place where you will have to stop drilling.
Screw the legs in the back of the tray using the material supplied with the stool.
Sand the tray and the legs. This will remove the layer of varnish, and the paint which you will apply will have a better hold.
Protect the edge of the tray with the paper tape.
If you want that your table seems to wear socks, then delimit an area of 8 centimeters in height on each leg. Cover these zones with the paper tape to protect them from the paint.
With the paper tape recover the screws of your table.
Prepare the place where you are going to paint, outside or in a well ventilated basement. Protect the floor as well as the walls or the objects in the surroundings with newspaper, cardboard or plastic. The particles of paint could settle there and damage the place, so protect it well! You can also wear a mask, gloves and clothes which you can make dirty.
Position your table with the top of the tray against the ground so that the paint does not get on it.
Spray a coat of primer. The primer is a base which we apply to surfaces to be painted to make them smooth and uniform. Let it dry for 2 to 4 hours, according to the temperature and the humidity of the environment.
Spray one or two coats of paint. I used the gentian blue of Edding. Let the first coat dry for 30 minutes, then spray the second coat. Let it dry again for 30 minutes or more depending on your environment.
Finally spray a coat of satin clear varnish and let it dry for 24 hours.
You can use paint nozzles of different sizes. Here I used a white nozzle, which allows a fine spray, ideal for spraying the thin legs of our table.
Using the template above, cut seventeen scales from your cork. The eighteenth scale will measure a little bit more than 6 centimeters in width. When the 17 scales are set, measure the exact width of the eighteenth.
I used cork with a thickness of 2 millimeters, but you can choose a thicker cork. Be sure to handle the cork carefully, it is a fragile material.
Remove the paper tape from the table and place the double-sided adhesive tape on the edge of the tray.
Stick every scale edge-to-edge on the edge of the tray.
Turn the table over on the cork. Mark the outline of the tray with a pen, and then cut the circle.
Stick the double-sided tape on the top of the tray and place the circle of cork on it.
And voilà, you can admire your new table!
The former stool totally disappeared! We changed the positioning of the legs, so this table is not made to put your bottom there! But a good hot chocolate, books or decoration will find a nice place there!
If you follow me regularly on Facebook or on Instagram you know that I imagined this project as a part of a competition organized by Oui Are Makers. Check out the other great projects of the competition on their website.
Does this step by step guide give you ideas to customize a piece of furniture, which you do not like anymore?