antique swivel stool redo

Hello! Happy Wednesday! So, I’m not going to lie to you folks, this post is a straight up one of those “hey! look what I did!” posts.  I found this lonely stool at the salvage shop by my office, it was too cute to pass up.  The only thing was it didn’t have a seat, just the empty remains of what was once a swivel chair.  So I did what you would do too, picked ‘er up, took ‘er home, and gave her a make over!



There’s really no tutorial needed for this lady, but if you want to know the secret to her beauty, first I traced out a piece of 3/4″ plywood for the base, grabbed some foam and batting and fabric, and stapled myself a luscious white seat cushion.  I drilled the seat in place, and since the stool still had its original swivel hardware, it’s now a fully functioning swivel stool!



The original wood was a bright cherry red.  I painted over it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Ironstone milk paint, 3 light coats, then distressed with a sanding sponge.  I finished ‘er off with some dark finishing wax.

I’m just happy to have something to sit on while I work on “low to the ground” projects, or a place to put my laptop when I’m sitting in my leopard chair!



  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    Once again love it and also love how you started this post: “Look what I did” and you did an awesome job 😉

  • Jennifer@TheChroniclesofHome

    Sometimes “look what I did” is all there is to it! Beautiful. Love the finish on the wood!

  • Shelby

    LOVEE it. I want one. It would be a perfect little stool to use to put on makeup in the morning in front of my mirror (I usually stand). Now I’m on the search for one to redo. 🙂

  • It’s gorgeous! the paint is perfect. I’ve got an old cherry table with a marble inlay top that i’ve been dying to paint. I think this look would be perfect.

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