Sometimes, I have these crazy ideas and when I google them, I realize I am not alone on my craziness world. I adore cement. Weird no? What can I tell ya. I love everything made with cement. I almost made my kitchen countertops with cement, but got to scared to try. When I was googling the world of cement I found an interesting post about a cement stool at HomemadeModern. If you haven’t checked that site you ought to. Everything there is crazily good. So… their cement stool seemed, uncomplicated and simple enough for me to give it a try 🙂 Here I want to blog about my experience and what worked for me and it didn’t…
First attempted. I didn’t use the right cement. They didn’t had Quickrete in my HomeDepot… it took me a few trips to HomeDepot to figure it out that what I needed was a type of cement with a smooth finish. Lesson learned. Not all the time you have to go with the brand of what you are being told. Just research for something that will represent the same thing…
Above is what you will need cement with smooth finish, 4 wood sticks, a cup to add water, a bucket and your gardener shovel. I added one small box of cement with one cup of room temperature water. I mixed it until I got a cookie dough consistence. After that, you gotta get your shovel and bang the bucket on the sides. This is to remove any air, that might have gotten inside of your dough while mixing it.
Sorry, I neglected to take a picture of my wood legs inside the bucket… basically you put the wood legs inside the bucket applying a small pressure until you reach the end and let it rest in the bucket like the photo bellow. You should measure the distance of the legs to make sure they are equally spaced. Let it dry for 24 hours. The remove it from the bucket. Don’t be shy. Use all your power to remove the stool from the bucket. Next, use your imagination…. I painted the bottom of the legs.
The legs need a finish still and it was not perfectly planned, so I bought a pipe cap and added a small piece of cork to the leg that seemed shorter than the others. I hot glue the 4 caps into the legs.
Now back to imagination… I made a stencil on the top of the stool with Annie Sloan Old White. My intake on this project. I loved it. I could follow the instructions of HomeMadeModern and even though I had some doubts, I was able to figure it out on my own. This is an excellent project if you are a busy bee. It took me 20 minutes to do the mix and apply the legs, 24 hour of waiting… and then 30 more minutes to paint and apply the caps. The stencil was about 15 minutes or so.. I mean.. summarizing this is a project you can do during the course of a week because none of this steps will need your immediate attention.