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Kids Vintage Campstool Makeover

January 8, 2020

I’ve always loved being able to repurpose a small piece of furniture without the need for help to lift or move it! When I spied this super cute and well used collapsible vintage camp stool scaled for kids, I knew it was the perfect piece for this challenge!

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Today the Thrifty Chicks and I are kicking off the new year with our first DIY challenge of 2020. Can you believe weโ€™re facing a whole new decade? This month we decided to get going with a small furniture makeover. For the piece to qualify it had to be small enough and light enough that we could pick it up and carry it. No brute force required and definitely no trucks involved! I can’t wait for you to see the small furniture pieces we’ve each transformed, and at the end of this post I will share links to all of the furniture projects in this challenge for you to see.

Thrifty Chicks DIY projects based on a common theme.

A Collapsible Camp Stool For Kids

When I spied this cute, little collapsable camp stool in the toy section of a nearby Thrift it snagged my heart. Camp stools are hard working and never ask for anything in return. How could I let this one go?

To the undiscerning eye, the surface wear and water damage definitely overshadowed its cuteness not to mention the tattered and frayed cord that hung from it. But that’s the fun thing about these challenges – it’s our job is to look beyond the ‘seen better days’ and come up with something new. Our hope is that you will be inspired, too!

2-in-1 Paint and Primer Spray Paint

I didn’t really have a game plan, but because of the water damage the first thing I decided to do was spray this guy black. I used matte black spray paint that I had on hand. It one was a 2-in-1 paint and primer Rust-Oleum product, so I knew it would be tough enough for the water damage.

I have to say, it was definitely easier said than done to get all the surfaces of this guy evenly sprayed out because it kept wanting to collapse on me. I was also working with a window of weather opportunity that wasn’t supposed to last long so I had to work quickly. I was pretty happy to be using the 2-in-1 spray paint for this step.

Once I had the stool fully painted in black I left it to dry, but also kept an eye on the clouds in the sky. Luck was on my side and I was able to get some good drying time in before moving the stool safely back inside.

Camping and Board Games

It was so hard to narrow down all the possibilities for a fun refresh of this nifty design, and I definitely toyed with a few. In the end I decided to give this stool a multi-functional purpose for hanging out at the campfire. I don’t know about you, but camping and board games played a big part of my life growing up.

That’s when I realized I had just the right piece to turn into a two-in-one portable game. With the 8 slats of the seat I had the perfect starting point to create a game board for playing checkers and chess. And since I started off with black I was already on my way.

Fun fact, I already had the game pieces from a very cool vintage game set I thrifted in the summer. This meant I was more than half way there! The ivory coloured checkers and chess pieces established the other colour to paint the playing squares. I used Craft Smart paint in ‘Parchment’ for this.

DIY Checkerboard on Campstool Seat

To get a quick visual of how the checkerboard would look on the seat, I downloaded this printable from Pinterest. The size of the squares and board were an almost perfect fit for the seat. This made the next step of taping off the squares for painting so much easier because I was able to use it as a guide.

The only downside is I didn’t have any narrow painters tape on hand so I had to improvise with my wide roll to tape off the squares. This part was probably the most finicky because I cut my tape into individual squares rather than strips, placed them one-by-one in the checker pattern, and then painted each square.

Before the paint was fully dried I gently removed each square. I used a toothpick to help lift the edge of each piece up just enough so I could fully remove it without pulling the paint. Some of the edges were a little rough so I used a black Sharpie to touch them up. This is a camp stool after all.

This camp stool is meant to play games on, and I did say camping, not glamping so it can’t be too refined and precious!

Earlier in the post I promised to share links to the other projects and you will find them below. Just click on each link to see what these other talented ladies have done with their small furniture makeover.

  1. This first one is mine ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces โ€“ A Winter Vignette and a Simple Makeover Project
  3. Lora from Lora B Create and Ponder โ€“ Easy Stapled DIY Feedsack Mini Stool
  4. Tuula from Color Me Thrifty – Decoupaged Table Makeover with Postage Stamps
  5. Tania from Little Vintage Cottage โ€“ Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage
  6. Kathleen from Our Hopeful Home – French Provicial Table Makeover
Pinned & Shared at Audrey Would

Can you picture this little set up in your campsite? I’d love to know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by. Iโ€™m so glad you did.

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  • Reply littlevintagecottage January 8, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    I love this! It’s so perfect that it folds up for storage!! Are you going to make a cute little bag to store the game pieces in?


    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 14, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you Tania! You know what, I actually toyed with making a little sack for the game pieces, but I didn’t quite get there. It’s not a lost cause though, I might still make it happen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Tuula @ Color Me Thrifty January 8, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    What a great repurpose for that camp stool Sheila. It turned out great!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 14, 2020 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you Tuula! It was just so much fun to bring this little stool back to life and I’m happy with the end result…

  • Reply Easy Stapled DIY Feedsack Mini Stool - Lora B. Create & Ponder January 8, 2020 at 11:24 am

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  • Reply Our Hopeful Home January 8, 2020 at 10:53 am

    WOW, just WOW! Really, what a creative project! I grew up camping with my family and we used to have camp stools — of course they all seem to have disappeared! I’ve been on the lookout for them in thrift stores for years to no avail. Great score and even better project! Love it. xo Kathleen

    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 14, 2020 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you so much Kathleen! I really appreciate your feedback…and I hope you come across a campstool soon. This one was so much fun to work with and I bet you have a ton of great ideas for fun makeovers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lora Bloomquist January 8, 2020 at 10:42 am

    This is brilliant! I never would have thought of using this as a game board; love it! Don’t know if I would have had the patience to tape it all off though; I’m sure I would have messed that up! Pinned!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 14, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      Lora, you made me laugh because I am the queen of shortcuts. Patience is not my strong suit when it comes to prep, sanding or tedious finishing. I kind of backed myself into a corner by not having the thinner painters tape on hand so I had to run with the wider stuff and hope that worked out!

  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces January 8, 2020 at 5:55 am

    What a wonderful project, Sheila! I did not see that coming…so creative!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 14, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Linda, thank you so much! I really enjoyed this challenge and had fun with this makeover.

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