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School Project – Antique Graphic Transfer on Wood Stool Makeover

My daughter came home from school one day and announced a project they had been given for school. Each child in year 8 was given a $10 note. They were explained the parable in the bible about the talents (money) that were handed out to three workers who were each told to invest the money while the master was away. Two of the workers invested wisely and made money on the amount given, while the last worker foolishly buried his money and was scolded by his master on his return who suggested that he at least could have put it in the bank where it would have earned interest.

The year 8 students were given the challenge to take the $10 and make it “grow”. With the money they make, they will give a large percentage to a charity that the school is involved in, and the rest they get to keep for themselves. What a great lesson for the kids to learn about investing, work, rewards for effort, etc.

So my sweet girl chose to complete a couple of furniture projects which she could sell and make some money on. Here is the first one…


This cute little stool cost $4 at a second hand shop. The wood top was covered in a thick old reddish brown 70’s paint and the legs were metal and all scratched up. The lady looked at me as I picked it up at the store and said, “You’ve got some imagination!” Ha. I just smiled.

So I helped her sand the top with my big sander which is a bit too powerful for her to use, then she helped with the smaller sander to get the finer details.



Here she is spraying the metal legs with a metal purpose paint. (above)
And stained the seat with some Baltic Pine stain rubbed on with a cloth. (below)



Here was the fun part: transferring an antique graphic onto wood using freezer paper method.
1. print in reverse onto freezer paper
2. carefully rub onto wood face down with the back of a spoon or similar object.




Of course, a beautiful crown from The Graphics Fairy!
Then allowed to dry and a couple of coats of clear satin varnish.





Dad’s muscles assisted with those screws to make sure they were in nice and tight.
And here is the finished stool!






It looks lovely with my Antique Sewing table. 
But she is selling the stool for $50.


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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Loretta
    May 1, 2013 at 2:08 am

    How cool is this! Love the outcome…great job!It looks very pretty with the sewing table!
    Loretta XO

  • Reply
    Pascale
    May 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Very beautiful. Would have been nice for our crowning day yesterday overhere in Holland. We have a new king now! You did a good job. I have to find out of I can get freezer paper in Holland. I want to try it out sometime. Thanks for the ideas. Regards, Pascale

    • Reply
      I Restore Stuff
      May 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Congratulations on your new king, Pascale. I heard that on the news here today.

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