All summer, I’ve been working with the Skinny Cow team to find my WoCave (or “woman cave”). For my third and final mission, they challenged me to make over a piece of furniture that I might use in my own WoCave. When I think of my “happy place”, I really just envision being able to sit down for five minutes without anybody calling my name (Mommy) and drink my morning coffee in peace. Simple enough—right?
I decided to keep my furniture makeover challenge simple, as well, by giving this white garden stool a Chinoiserie-style update. I thought it would be the perfect spot to set my coffee—assuming I actually get to sit and drink it.
I already had the garden stool (a clearance steal at Big Lots several years ago for $14!), and I bought a couple of blue Sharpies.
I used some of my recent blue and white purchases as inspiration and went to work:
I started in the middle by tracing some circles with a plastic cup and filling them in:
While I was working, I kept my iPad nearby and referred to Pinterest several times to get ideas on different designs to try. As you can see, I went a little crazy with the Sharpie near the top of the stool. This ended up being a happy mistake I’ll tell you about in a minute. (By the way, this is one of those projects that’s great to mindlessly do late at night while you listen to your favorite shows. . . It’s my therapy.)
The nice thing about this project is that perfection isn’t required. None of my lines were straight or perfect, and it didn’t matter. I just varied the width of the lines by using the chiseled tip on the Sharpie at different angles. Once I had my “borders” drawn, I started filling in my random pattern:
After looking at all kinds of designs, I ultimately made up my own with a series of curved thin lines with thicker “spokes” coming out of them. In my mind, they look like a cross between weird eyelashes and tree branches. . . Again, it’s hard to mess this up.
I did notice as I was drawing that the Sharpie went on as a pretty royal blue, but seemed to dry with a more purplish tint that I didn’t love as much:
Where I showed you that I messed up the top of my stool at the beginning, I spray painted over that part but some of the white mist got on the other parts I’d already drawn. I noticed that this actually made the purple-blue fade a little into a much softer, prettier shade.
So, once I was finished with all of my drawing, I misted the whole stool with a light coat of white spray paint. It makes it look less “marker-ish” and more painted, if that makes sense.
Ummm, I should not have sprayed on my driveway, but I was in a hurry.
One other side note if you decide to try this. . . I used two coats of white spray paint to cover my original mistake. The Sharpie would not go away. I ended up having to use Zinsser primer first and then spray paint over that to cover up the original blue.
It works perfectly as a side table in the spot where I’m trying to have a few moments each morning–my very own WoCave. I’ll show you where I ended up using it next week.
Thanks to Skinny Cow for sponsoring this post.