Last year for his birthday, Charlie received a kid-size table and two small chairs that came from an unfinished furniture store. My mom and I painted the new furniture and Charlie was thrilled. Not long after, Mark discovered that the chairs weren’t made to support a grown man. Sadly, we put the broken chair in storage thinking that someday we might get around to fixing it.
Meanwhile, Charlie loves the other chair (Mark only broke one) and carries it with him around the house to reach previously out-of-reach items. Most recently, he discovered that he can climb onto the very top of the back of the chair to reach things. Scary. So, it occurred to me that Charlie needs a designated stool for reaching things. That got me thinking about the broken chair.
Mark borrowed a small saw from our neighbor and sawed off the chair spindles so that they were flush with the seat of the chair. Then he filled in the holes with spackle. We let it dry, sanded it, added a bit more spackle, and sanded again.
Then I gave the whole thing a good cleaning to remove dirt and grime. We had some leftover semi-gloss paint (Benjamin Moore’s Natura, a no-VOC paint, in Decorator’s White) from when Mark recently repainted the bathroom trim. I definitely wanted to use a semi-gloss paint because I knew this stool would be well-loved by Charlie and semi-gloss finishes are much easier to clean than flat. I pulled out the paint and a brush and went to work. The new paint looked so nice on the stool that I decided to paint the other chair too.
A couple of coats of paint later, the chair and stool look brand new (and they look great with the table). And, since we had all the supplies on hand already, and were able to borrow the necessary saw from our neighbor, this project didn’t cost a penny.