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White Hot Kitchen Stool

Whether you have a small kitchen or are small in stature, you should consider making this handy White Hot Kitchen Stool. This tutorial will show you how to decorate a small kitchen with a simple yet cool step stool. The French theme is very popular, and for good reason. Paris brings thoughts of fashion, classiness, and elegance. This vintage kitchen decor is just what your kitchen needs for some French "ooh la la." Easy to make and lovely to look at, this White Hot Kitchen Stool will be the envy of your other kitchen furniture.

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White Hot Kitchen Stool


Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint

  • Lace (ADC02)
  • Relic (ADC28)
  • Serene (ADC18)

Americana® Decor™ Crème Waxes

  • Golden Brown (ADM02)

Americana® Decor™ Stencils

  • Distressed Harlequin (ADS03)
  • The French Bakery (ADS11)

Americana® Decor™ Varnishes

  • Light Satin Varnish (ADM05)

Other supplies

  • Water container
  • Palette or plastic plate
  • Paper towels
  • Ruler
  • White cloth
  • 1" flat brush
  • #12 stencil brush (Americana Stencil Brushes - DABK20)
  • Wood glue
  • 1" painter's tape
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Two 17" pine boards, 1" x 12"
  • 13" long pine board, 1" x 12"
  • 18" long pine board, 1" x 12"
  • 2" finishing nails (12)


Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Use a pencil and a ruler to draw a straight line down the exact center of the two 17" long boards on both sides.

  2. Spread wood glue on one 12" side of the 13" long board and position it on the center line of one board so that the pieces are flush.

  3. Use a hammer to nail the two pieces together with three finishing nails and then repeat on the other side to create the base of the stool.
  4. Add wood glue to the top of the base and then center the 18" board on top of the base and nail in place with the remaining finishing nails.

  5. Use a 1" flat brush to paint the entire bench Lace. Rinse brush. Let dry completely.

  6. Use the 1" painter's tape to tape down the Distressed Harlequin stencil on the top. Use a #12 stencil brush to fill in the stencil using Serene.
  7. Place Distressed Harlequin stencil on each side and use a #12 stencil brush to fill in the stencil. Rinse brush.

  8. Center the French Bakery stencil on top of the bench and use the painter's tape to hold down.
  9. Use a #12 stencil brush and fill in stencil using Relic. Rinse brush.

  10. Use the straight edge of the stencil to create a small 1/4" frame around the top of the stool.

  11. When everything is dry, use the 1" flat brush to apply Light Satin Varnish to seal the entire piece. Let dry completely.

  12. Use the 1" flat brush to apply Golden Brown Crème Wax and immediately wipe back with a clean white cloth. (Optional) Use a clean white cloth to buff wax to a satin finish.

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This stool is unsafe as pictured; easy to tip with the person standing on it. The sides should be flared out at the bottom and the stool should be wider then it is tall.

Hi Londa, Thanks for the tip. This is definitely good to keep in mind. Happy crafting!


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