A few years ago, my aunt and uncle moved. In the process of clearing out a storage unit, I salvaged a Cosco two-in-one step stool for my craft room. I love this model of chair, which was uber-popular in the 50s - 70s. My grandma had one. I think we may have had one at our house too. I think most households probably had one. They appear to have been heavily marketed toward housewives.
Who likes doing things the hard way? I wanted to rest easy.
Yes - a sturdy ladder and a restful seat! And I'm short, so I'm always standing no chairs and counters to reach things. Or wearing roller skates in the kitchen to add some height.
This is the stool that I received.
While its clearly been used over the years (I recognize that blue color; it was the color of the my aunt and uncle's previous kitchen I believe), it's still a fully functional stool. And I've been using it in my craft room as-is for the last 3 years. But I always wanted to spruce it up a bit.
I started by taking the seats off. And masking the chrome parts. I then made a huge mess and spray painted it light pink.
I'd be lying if I didn't say that masking and unmasking the chrome was a pain in the rear. But ultimately, I think it was worth it.
Once the painting was completed, I covered the seats. I ordered a couple of different patterns of laminated cotton directly from Heather Bailey. As an aside, the shipping was super fast and I love the fabric. It was a bit of a pain to attach to the metal and I ultimately used a combination of high powered craft super glue and duct tape. And voila....
I LOVE it. The seat is not completely secure. I'll have to wait until Rykert's home to help me properly affix it. And I'd still like to clean up the chrome a bit, but I haven't been able to find anything that will do the job. I need to hit the auto parts store.
Last weekend I was nearing the completion of the project, and I was talking about how I wanted another one. Again, this chair was EVERYWHERE in the recent past, so ask around, and ye shall receive:
My dad had this one. It's a different vintage and in a bit worse shape, but it's still worth a can of spray paint. So part 2 of this project to come...
This will give me 2 chairs in my craftroom, which is plenty, but oddly I still think I need another one. So, if you see one, let me know. If the basic structure is intact and functional, I can fix the aesthetics with some paint and fabric. I may have to start garage sale-ing.