Compass Stool

Hi, my sweet friends!!

It’s been a busy and crazy week, which is quite common lately… but I wanted to share a stool I found curbside and was asking for a change. I’m in love with everything related to the sea: compass, anchor, rope, shells, there’s nothing I don’t like! And I had been lately thinking about doing something related to it, so I thought it would be great to use for that.

Compass Stool |

It wasn’t in good shape, I removed the veneer at the bottom and painted the whole thing white.

Compass Stool |

Once it was all painted and fixed, I had to decide what to do. I chose to use a compass, a vintage compass to be precise. You can get the full resolution image here.

Compass Stool |

The process was very simple, I transferred the image using ModPodge. If you are not familiar with this technique you can find a graphic tutorial here. Then I took some brown shoe polish and a piece of foam. I rubbed the shoe polish and tapped the borders and the legs to age it.

Compass Stool |

I also tapped softly on the top.

Compass Stool |

Compass Stool |

Then I applied some barnish to protect it, and it was done! What can I say, I simply love it?

What do you think? Do you like it too?



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  1. Renee says:

    I really like this project! I am a fan of nautical themes. This would be a cool addition to our decorations. (stopping by from Small Victories Sunday)

  2. Julie says:

    Hello Pili,
    Wow you did a great job fixing up the stool and I love the compass!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We love having you and hope you have a nice week.
    Julie xo

  3. Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage says:

    I love the look of a compass on your round stool. I’ve yet to try transfering onto wood, but may have to give it a shot after I’ve seen yours. I just usually go for the painting instead. Stopping by from Make It Pretty Monday.

  4. sue says:

    Once again another fantastic DIY idea Pili! Thanks for sharing you creative ideas with us at #AnythingGoes. What will you have in store for us next week?

  5. Catherine Holt says:

    What an amazing transformation! I bet if the previous owner saw it now, they would regret throwing it away!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  6. Carolyn @ Our Gilded Abode says:

    I love your stool, Pili! The compass is wonderful – would be perfect for a round wood top coffee table that I have. Thanks so much for the inspiration – stopping by from Welcome Home Wednesdays. Have a great day!

    • Pili says:

      Glad you like it, Carolyn. You can grab the high-resolution image from the link, and if you finally use it I would love to see the result!
      Have a great weekend!

  7. Life Loving says:

    This is so nice Pili. You’ve taken something so simple and made it really unique. How creative! I like the compass idea very much.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Pili says:

      Thanks Katrin! I’m sorry, I just sold it, but I can surprise you with something when you visit me! 🙂

  8. Audra @ Renewed Projects says:

    Love the compass graphic you picked. I did something similar a couple years ago but on folding TV trays. Its still one of my favorite projects and people still comment on them. The compass is such a classic icon. I bet that stool sold FAST! 🙂

    • Pili says:

      I agree Audra, the compass is such a nice and classic icon. And yes, the stool sold it in a blink of eyes!
      Thanks so much for stopping by

  9. Terry says:

    Bless your heart for rescuing this little stool and turning it into this amazing piece! Thank you for sharing at Making Broken Beautiful this week! You do lovely work!

    • Pili says:

      Terry, I really have a passion for rescuing and up-cycle things… They are usual made with love so why just throw them away? Second chances are great

  10. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    Pili, you need to have a store, I love the way you find the coolest images to transfer and create unique pieces. This stool would fit in anywhere in the home. I love how you aged it a bit with shoe polish. Perfect!

    • Pili says:

      You always look at me with good eyes, Nikki! I don’t have a store because I am not constant, I admit it… Nevertheless I usually sell all my stuff through Facebook; if I didn’t do it I would need a mansion to keep it all

    • Pili says:

      I’m a huge fan of nautical themes, you can’t go wrong with a compass on a nautical bathroom or bedroom.
      Thanks for visiting, Holly!

  11. Mimi says:

    Now see Pili, I’d make this, and then be really anal (no pun intended!) about which way my butt was positioned on the stool…lol! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou last week. Mimi xxx

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