Flea Market Stools for the Kitchen

Every kitchen island needs a couple stools where friends can sit and hang out while you finish preparing morsels of tasty goodness. My kitchen island had no stools and I didn’t want to buy anything new. As luck would have it, I found two matching stools on two separate occasions at the local flea market. They were painted differently so I had to give them a makeover. Here’s what they look liked after redoing them …

Old Ochre from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was the color of choice.
It’s such a great color to pair with vintage script paper, book paper, or music sheets.
I chose a black and off white French toile for this project,
since I want to infuse Frenchy goodness into my kitchen.
And here’s the before. I found the stool on the right back in March at the Kane County Flea Market.
A month later, I found the one on the left, also at the Kane County Flea Market.
Different vendors, but when I saw the second one, I was pretty sure it matched the white one.
 I recently picked up these French dish towels (can’t remember where).
The towels are the color and style inspiration for re-doing the kitchen this summer.
Not an entire makeover, just a color and slight decor change is all.
After painting both kitchen stools in Old Ochre, I distressed them slightly and applied clear wax.
The toile scrapbook paper is from Michaels (just 59 cents per sheet).
One sheet didn’t cover the entire top of the stool, so I got to cutting pieces, matching the curves.
Using Mod Podge, I glued the pieces to the tops of each stool.
I kinda used a crazy quilt type approach  for the pieces, placing them at different angles.
After all the pieces were applied with Mod Podge and dried, I brushed Mod Podge over the top.
I’ve always loved toile and this paper reminds me of some of the toile fabrics I’ve seen.
I love all the details in this paper. I need to buy more and decoupage some boxes.
From mismatch, to a pleasing pair.
Well, at least I think they’re pleasing.  {smile}
Total cost was under $30 for the pair, since I already had the paint on hand.
Next on the to-do list … choosing the paint color for the kitchen walls.
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  1. Great stools and I love how you made them over. How fun finding two at different times.

  2. I love them! What an awesome idea. TFS!! I WILL be copying this 🙂

  3. Love them they look amazing awesome job . Have a wonderful day !

  4. Great pics! Happy mothers day again had fun today hope you did too

  5. Wow! Two great finds! Love the makeover! Great job! Now….I’m looking at my two plain stools..!!!

  6. Pleasing they are!! Isn’t it funny how you can find two like things in different places? Meant to be. 🙂 Great!! ~Zuni

  7. I love what you did with the stools, the scrapbook paper is neat!

  8. I love your Frenchy stools. You did a great job. I need something similar for my new kitchen that I just remodeled. Thanks for stopping by and leaving kind words. I’m a new follower. Peggy~PJH Designs pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com

  9. Love how you did the stools! They look great, and I have lots of scrap paper to use… I’m now a follower!

  10. Those are absolutely beautiful. I found you on Under The Table and Dreaming and I am a new follower. Come by and visit.

  11. Very nice! I love your color choice and the toile looks great!

  12. Love them. What a great find. Thanks for sharing, liz

  13. Beautiful redo! I am a new reader and I cannot wait to check out your blog. I am creating over at http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

    Tanya 🙂

  14. I love your stools and I think what you did with them is great!


  15. Great makeover, Jennifer! I love the way you matched them up with the paint and paper on top. They look the same ~ what luck finding the second one. Love that toile paper. I always stop to look at toile anything!

  16. I bet they finish off the kitchen area beautifully. Don’t you love when you find a match to something at another sale. So fun! I found your post at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia!


  17. What cute stools. Love how they turned out!
    Mary Alice

  18. Really love the stools! Just gorgeous, thanks for linking up.

  19. they turned out beautifully! xo

  20. You know….. I picked up a stool at a garage sale last week. I was thinking of doing a graphic on it, but now I’m thinking of copying your idea instead.


  21. What a beautiful stool, inspired on antique graphics, it looks very nice, I like the contrast with black and white.

  22. Fancy-smancy or should I say Fronchy-smonchy of a remodel. They look great!

  23. I love those, especially since I have a weakness for black toile. You did a great job on them Jen!

  24. They look like they belong in a magazine! Thanks for sharing at cowgirl up.

  25. Definitely a pleasing pair!! Adorable transformation~Angie

  26. What a fabulous idea to modge podge the paper onto the stools!! I have modge podged fabric and paper onto different things in the past but I would never have thought to use it on a stool…Brilliant idea!! Love your dish towels too! Great work. Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share you ideas with us.


  27. A lot of work but it turned out great!

  28. Hi Jennifer,

    Your kitchen stools are beautiful! How lucky to find the match. I love how you decoupage the tops.


  29. Perfect!

  30. Those look great–you did a fantastic job!

  31. The perfect pair. Nice makeover.

  32. Love all your decoupage projects, that toile really does bring it to life! Your photos are always wonderful, Jennifer, you have a great blog!! Thanks for being a part of Vintage Inspiration!

  33. These are so pretty! I love the toile!

  34. Super pretty! What a cool idea. I’m visiting from the Liz Marie Link Party. 🙂 ~ Jamie

  35. Came over from Funky Junk to see your stools. I love the toile – especially the crazy quilt idea. I vote for using that green color in the towel somewhere in your kitchen.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  36. Saw your stools on Kerryanne’s shabbilicious party. Great idea, love the way you’ve done them and the paper you used.
    Have a great week-end, am a new follower now, hugs Robyn x

  37. The stools turned out wonderful! I love the final results.

  38. Your stools turned out so cute! Mod Podge is one of my favorite go to craft supplies and I loved seeing what you’ve done with it. The stools look great!

  39. The stools look fantastic Jenn and I especially love the toile paper top… it’s a great effect for a little French touch.
    Thanks for linking to Shabbilcious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  40. I love the toile decoupage- your stools look great! I’m enjoying exploring your blog, lots of goodies! 🙂

  41. Laurie Cann says:

    Beautiful work!

  42. How fun!

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