Monday, June 11, 2012

"S" is for Stools #2

Build: teacher stools

My girl #2 will be graduating Kindergarten in a few days, she and her classmates have been together with their teachers for the past three years so we wanted to make something special.

(The teachers' last names have been blurred out for privacy.)

I used Ana White's simplest stool plans to build stools for the teachers:

The seven Kindergarten classmates added their own special touch by leaving their fingerprints in paint on the stool seats:

And I handpainted their class year:

and all seven names on the rungs:

We used DecoArt Americana paints in bright colors to stand out against the black 'chalkboard' stool:

Here's how I made the stools:

1. Cut 15" circular seat tops from 3/4" plywood using jigsaw:

2. Spray paint both sides using flat black:

3. Print out teacher name to fit space (I used Calibri font, 150 point):

4. Have kids decorate seat tops with fingerprints:

5. Cut base pieces using Ana White's simplest stool plans:

6. Assemble legs, I used pocket holes with my Kreg jig throughout:

7. Assemble bases and sand smooth:

8. Spray paint bases with flat black.
Print out names to fit rungs, I used Calibri font, 100 point:

9. Line up names to fit rungs, using a ballpoint pen trace outline of letters:

10. The pen leaves an indent in the wood:

11. Paint on and inside the indent left behind from the pen:

12. Attach seat:

13. Seal with clear acrylic gloss:

Thank you to DecoArt for providing the paints and brushes.

I'm linking up to:

Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots and Jello
Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
All Things Furniture @ Perfectly Imperfect
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
POWW @ Primitive & Proper


  1. THose are precious!! I'm sure the teacher will cherish them always!!

  2. What a great idea! Stools are certainly something that teachers can use everyday! I'm sure they will love them. Megan

  3. What a GREAT idea! I'm sure those teachers really appreciated such a great gift.

  4. Adorable! What a great gift! I'm sure the teachers loved them. AND, you built the stool!!! That's great.

  5. that is such a great and unique gift! i am sure the teachers loved them!