Garden Stool Light

Garden Stool Light

Garden Stool Light

Garden Stool Light

Garden Stool Light

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Bringing a Stool Inside

Do you ever see something that you want in your space, but don’t really know how you will use it?  I know.  It happens to me all the time.

I love glazed garden stools!  Quite some time ago I found a pair at BigLots (similar to the one above).   The ones I found were decorated in traditional Asian pattern which didn’t work for my interior but I saw the potential. I got them knowing I would paint them.

I purchased some ceramic paint in aqua (my favorite) and commenced to transforming them to work better with my decor.  The paint worked well it just took a number of coats to get it opaque like I wanted.  Anyway, I was pleased with the result and counted it a successful revamp.  

 Check out this beautiful floor mirror project!

 

Garden Stool Light

 

A Second Look

Then one day I looked at the stools and thought they were not being shown in they’re best “light”.  Then it came to me, the stools weren’t just stools they were potential statement pieces (isn’t everything?).  Garden Stool Light

 

Just like I had done before, I painted the interior of one of the stools using a gold metallic paint for ceramics.  I did this so that light would bounce and reflect off the metallic paint better than the original dull glazed finish.

Garden Stool LightThen one day I stumbled upon a light like this at the Goodwill.  
 
As luck would have it the light fit the opening under the stool perfectly.
Ooooooo!  Look, at my stool now is also a light!  
 
Garden Stool Light

Even though this would probably technically be considered decorative lighting, both the openings on either side and on top of the stool allow quite a bit of light.  

Garden Stool LightAnother light source, like a flameless candle (the newest ones even have timers), would also work quite well.  You could also use simple holiday twinkle lights as a budget option for the same effect.

CAUTION: I would use only a very low wattage lightbulb for this project and NEVER use a real candle.

My stools live in our living room, but these could easily reside in a bedroom as unique side tables or even back outside for a new twist on that garden stool. How romantic right?  

What do you think? Do you have a stool like this? How do you use them?

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