I purposely bought it because it was in bad shape, was ugly and was cheap.
Normally I like my junk rusty, chippy and well loved, but this was on a whole different level.
Someone had obviously used it as their painting ladder and never before heard of using paper towels to wipe up paint spills, so I decided to pretty her up a bit.
I took my hand sander to some of the paint splatters. I just knocked off the high spots so they wouldn’t still show after I painted it.
That was the easy part.
The toughest part of this makeover was the ugly-butt wallpaper someone had stuck on it.
Now I love me some ladybugs, but just not on my furniture.
I ended up trying picking it off with my fingernails. Fail.
. . . sanding it off. Fail.
. . . using Goo Gone. Somewhat fail.
. . . using Goo Gone with my sander and fingernails. Almost a win.
. . . cussing at it and deciding that good enough was good enough. Win!!!
I used Krylon’s Covermaxx spray paint in White (gloss) and Jade (satin).
I would have used the Jade in gloss, but it didn’t come in that finish/sheen.
Krylon had a lot of pretty vintage-ish style colors to choose from, but I thought Jade looked similar to Jadeite and I love me some Fire King Jadeite.
A little off-topic for a second, but have you seen Pioneer Woman’s line at Walmart? She has a Jadeite cake plate that is calling my name!!!
OK, back to the story. I used one can of white on the legs and roughly 1/2 can of Jade on the steps. The coverage of the Covermaxx was AMAZING! Three light coats of the white covered up a multitude of paint splatter sins. There’s just something about the mistiness (if I can be so technical) that I liked. It seemed like a finer spray mist than other paints I’ve use?
I was going to get all fancy and hand draw some arrows or something on the steps, but decided I was going for simple and straight-forward for this piece.
I mean, it’s a step stool after all.
Edited to add: I’ve has some questions about how I painted the two colors without making a huge mess.
I painted the white not really caring if it got on the steps (because I knew I would paint them anyhow). When that dried I taped off the white closest to the steps and then wrapped some Saran Wrap a little farther up the legs in case I had any over spray (which I did).
Oh, and I used Frog Tape For Delicate Surfaces (yellow container), so it wouldn’t pull up any of the paint. Pretty similar to what I did on my Painting A Vintage Motel Chair post last year.
To compare and contrast:
And in a Pinterest friendly version for you:
OK, off to the thrift stores to see what trouble I can get into!
BTW, Krylon sort of almost sponsored this post since they gave me a couple cans of paint when I met them in Cincinnati for the Krylon 127 Yard Sale. All opinions are 100% completely my own. Just wanted to let you know, since I used to be a Girl Scout and all that.