Before & After: Vanity Stool

Love a before and after transformation? This week’s is truly that – a transformation. Patra Philips, fellow DIY lover and blogger at The House Enthusiast, submitted this week’s project: a total refresh of a vanity stool, fabric and all. 

“I’m a relatively new blogger. Recently I’ve been painting auctioned and unloved furniture and I’m hooked. I live in Dallas, TX with my husband and twin 4-year-old boys,” said Patra. Patra bought the stool featured in today’s post at an auction and gave it some serious chalk paint love. 

Here a before shot of Patra’s vanity stool.


“I picked Old White from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint this time. I thought that, with the arms and decorative features of the stool, a nice French County color scheme would look perfect. As you can see, the top of the stool was stained and dirty. It had to go. Also, I hated it. I had some fabric to choose from and, believe it or not, this was a harder decision than the paint color,” said Patra.

“I painted 2 coats of ASCP and then did some spot distressing. I followed up with clear wax… or so I thought. I guess I didn’t clean my brush very well after I had previously used it with dark wax. So the clear wax had a touch of the dark wax on it when I brushed it on. It actually, it looks great! Happy accident,” said Patra.

Annd here is the vanity stool AFTER Patra gave it some DIY love!


And here are a few detail shots.


Amazing transformation Patra, and thank you for sharing!

You can buy chalk paint, brushes, waxes and all the supplies you need to transform unloved furniture in our online store and in our retail store.

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4 Responses to Before & After: Vanity Stool

  1. Stephanie says:

    I really like the paint job and “happy accident,” but why is the pattern on fabric not centered on the seat? I feel it takes the eye away from the great paint job!
    but….just my opinion.

  2. Patra says:

    Because I’m new at this 🙂 Thanks for featuring me and for the constructive criticism!

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