What’s one thing you keep telling yourself you need for your house but just never have the motivation to get? For me, it’s a step stool. Can you believe I’ve never done a step stool makeover? We’re talking the smallest piece of furniture really! We have littles so we need one for the toilet and one for each of the sinks and it would be great in the toy room for the upper shelves, and while we’re at it we need two for the kitchen so they will stop banging chairs into my cabinets. Needless to say, we’re at that age where they are both getting into everything!
Boy, if you give a mouse a cookie… am I right?
Buffalo check is all the rage for Fall but I pretty much love it year round. So when I found craft paper with the pattern already applied my wheels started turning. I knew I couldn’t be trusted to paint lines, not even taping them off. Nope, no way. If they would have been even a little off my perfectionism would have put me in over the roof. No good.
Craft paper is the perfect way to add a little fun to a furniture piece without needing artistic abilities! A crafting decoupage or sealer to put the paper on and a coat on top to keep the paper safe. But how do you protect paper on furniture that will be used for plants that need watering? That’s where EnviroTex Lite epoxy comes in. Their pour on high gloss finish is like putting on 50 coats of varnish. Ain’t no one got time for 50 coats!
Step Stool Makeover
The first thing I did was paint it with white chalk like paint. I thought I wanted white. I changed my mind. It happens. Wait, I said no painting required. That’s right, I could have put this directly on the wood and there will be great examples from other bloggers at the end of this post. Buffalo check would have looked great on wood. Then I did use the craft decoupage to adhere the paper so I wouldn’t have to deal with a moving target. I also put a coat on top of the paper since it can yellow on white paint, wasn’t sure about paper so I was just playing it safe. I let that dry overnight. Mainly because it was already so late that night.
Then I needed to fill the hole in the side of the stool where a handle originally was. I figured this was the perfect time to practice using the epoxy since it would be covered by paint anyway. The next day I poured the coat over the top and kept checking it to brush away drips. It’s cold here in Colorado so it took pretty much all day to set up. But the top now is so smooth! You can’t even tell there’s paper on it!
I learned two things. 1. It probably would have been easier to use wood filler, and 2. the epoxy isn’t that difficult to use. Messy, but not difficult.
Tips for UsingEnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish:
- Read all the directions, multiple times. Not trying to scare you but I didn’t understand it at first. After reading it out loud to my husband it made more sense.
- Use a disposable plastic dropcloth. Trust me! It gets everywhere!
- Your breath can get rid of the air bubbles that come to the surface. They eventually come to the top and you just blow a little hot air on them and they vanish! It’s magic. Or CO2
- Think about all of the parts, not just the top you’re covering. If I had, I would have thought to cover the legs with plastic wrap to protect them from drips. No big deal I just used a damp cloth (shop towels) to wipe it up.
- Come back often to wipe away drips.
- Tie your hair up, epoxied hair is no fun.
Some of these suggestions might be a no-brainer but if they are listed it’s because I didn’t think of it.
What comes in your kit?
- 1 container of resin
- 1 container of hardener
- stir sticks
- mixing cups
- brushes for drips
Here’s a photo of the bubbles disappearing. Just with a little hot breath. After this, I just cleaned up the overflow with a wet shop towel.
It’s hard to show you just how awesome this epoxy looks on the top of this step stool. It’s so shiny you can see a reflection in it. Perfect for a modern look.
Have you done a step stool makeover? I would love to see it. Or have you ever used epoxy?
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