Fancy-Schmancy Heart-Shaped Stool

I know that some of you will read the title and think I'm talking about a heart-shaped bowel movement.  I'm not.  I'm definitely not.  That's not crafty.  That's gross.

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Anyhow, I recently noticed a need for a stool in Junebug's bathroom.  She's washing her own hands now but I have to assist with helping her up and down to the sink.  Being a terribly independent little gal, she's not always so keen on having mommy help.  So, I thought a stool would make my little big girl happy.

I found this beauty at my favorite local thrift shop.  It's just one of those generic bare wood pieces that you can find at most craft shops--I noticed from the tag on the bottom that it originally retailed for $9, but my thrift shop listed it for $3.  SOLD!

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I spray painted the stool bright yellow (left over from my mirror) and once it dried, I mod podged a lovely piece of scrapbook paper over the top.  (Since Mod Podge is both a sealer and an adhesive I coated the top of the stool with a thin coat before and after the paper was applied.)

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You won't see the strokes once the Mod Podge dries.

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Once the Mod Podge is dry, spray with a clear sealer since feet and who knows what else will be stepping on the stool.

Badda bing, badda boom.  A darling one-of-a-kind stool.

Here's where it gets really real.

I thought I'd take a pic of the stool in action.   You know, I thought you'd like to see it.

Terrible idea.

You see, Junebug, just like her momma, is short.  Like majorly short.

I told her she could use the stool to wash her hands but... it still doesn't get her to the faucet.  Which is terribly frustrating if you're two years old.  Apparently lots of things are frustrating when you're two.

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See?  I keep it real.  Really real.  I'll share with you my ugly 1985 builder-grade grey bathroom with blue tile (seriously, who picks blue tile?!) AND my fit-throwing toddler--all in the same post!  You're welcome.

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I think I may need to get one of these awesome inventions to complete the bathroom:

Found via Pinterest

And here's the stool again, in all its finished glory--sans screaming toddler:

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Cute, huh?

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  1. So cute!!! The stool...and the big girl, even in the throws of a tantrum is a cutie! ;-)

  2. I have to laugh because my apricot-and-beige (ugh) bathroom contains a fit-throwing toddler too! Clearly I must make this stool to complete the set.

  3. ohhhh my goodness I NEED one of those water sprouts too! must find it ASAP.

    stool turned out great!

    the miller's
    prezidential life

  4. The stool is just gorgeous! great job!

  5. I love it!! My little gal is short too....but I'm still gonna make one!

  6. I love the post and the tantrum throwing toddler, nice to know I'm not the only one with one of those! Gorgeous stool, will have to keep an eye out for one similar. Janette

  7. I'm a new reader, but being a "crafty" type of person, maybe you could figure out how to make one of those faucet "extenders". (btw, I'm throwing in the excessive " " just for my first post). :)

  8. How did you get the shape of the stool on the paper? I am AWFUl at tracing. Was it easy enought to do?

  9. Sara--I should have shared my tracing technique because it was a little tricky until I stopped trying to actually trace.

    What I did was hold the paper steady over the stool and then I used a popsicle stick (any similar item would work) running over the edge of the wood with a bit of pressure to create a "ridge" in the paper which became my cutting guide. Sheesh, I hope that made sense. It worked like a charm and it was much easier than tracing, I must admit.

  10. You're a genius!!! the whole tracing was stumping me!!! Thanks for your fabulous tid bits! I just got my first bottle of mod podge and I'm on a mission to decopauge anything that's old and boring in my house!

  11. New here!

    Think I saw a DIY for that faucet on Pinterest the other day - using an old lotion bottle! Here's the link:

  12. This step stool is precious! I hope it's okay, I just finished a paper crafts round-up showing ways to use decorative paper for home decor and just couldn't help but feature your heart shaped stool. You can see it here:

    Thank you so much for sharing :)

  13. I love this...but I have to admit, you do not need to know what I googled to get here!!!


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