Gadora Wilder recently refashioned a rickety 25″ stool. A kitchen had been redesigned and the stool used to fit just fine. There was nothing particularly special about it before, but it had been used to support the making of cookies, or knead dough, or grate cheese, or any other mundane kitchen chore. The finished piece has a mosaic top, a chicken theme quietly carried throughout the rest of the space, and with glazed legs matching the cabinets the stool earned its Cock-a-doodle.
Rockin' Rooster close-up
Once the tile grout dried, a wet cloth was smoothed over the surface. A second round of grout was added, taking special care of the areas near more ragged plate shards, then wiped down again. Once dry, a clear varnish was brushed across surface giving it a subtle sheen.
The pieces were glued onto the surface with wood glue by first applying glue to the backside of the plate pieces, then set on surface. The tiles for the general chicken theme was set out on the ground, then transferred to the stool. Not an exact science.
The placing of the tiles...
To break your place into pieces, place solid plates face down between two towels and hammer away. You can control how large or small your pieces are by your force. Some pieces will need refining, while others may not be usable.
The project pieces.
This country stool was given a longer lease on life with it’s new coat of paint, glazed legs and mosaic top.
The Stool - Before
Supplies: Stool. Old plates (this project re-purposed 4).
Hammer. Glue. Grout. Paint. Paint brushes. Varnish. Wet rag. Drop cloth.
Time: This project can be completed in two days. Gadora worked the surface top and allowed glue to try on day one, then followed it up with the grout and finishing on day two. Easy and fun!