Thrifted Stool Makeover

I’ve been thrifting more regularly again lately. In CO I was thrifting with my brother every weekend and I’ve really missed it! I’ve been picking up some little pieces to makeover almost every time I go and this week I gave this $2 thrifted stool a makeover! I finally tried the oven cleaner wood stripping technique and it worked super well on the weird black finish that was on the legs. I did try it on another project too and it did nottt work as well. Apparently I need to do a little research to figure out what type of finishes/woods it works best on.

If you’re interested in more thrift flips, we’ve done a few in the past and we’ll be sharing more soon!

vintage rug in front of wooden book shelf and stool filled with plants and books

What I used:

  • I started by using a hammer and pliers to pull out the upholstery nails.
  • Removed the fabric and padding.
  • Sprayed oven cleaner all over the wood and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Used wire brush to scrub the wood.
  • Rinse with water and let dry.
  • Repeated this 3 times to get all of the finish off the legs.
  • Used an orbital sander to smooth out the top and hand sanded the legs a little bit.

Shared how the makeover went in a reel – watch below!

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side by side picture of a thrifted stool
thrifted stool makeover after photo with plants and ceramics on top

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