Make Striped Stools

A lot of kitchen and dining stools are made from timber and finished with a clear stain or painted in white.

To make them unique and inject colour into a neutral space, wallpaper the stool tops and leave the legs.

We used Spice from the Poise collection as the bold stripes are a modern take on a traditional look, giving simple stools a classic update.

This technique also works for chairs and can be used on seat backs. Choose simple furniture, as cutting and pasting intricate shapes makes it trickier to get a flawless result.

Striped stool, handyman magazine, DIY, Choose simple furniture, as cutting and pasting intricate shapes makes it trickier to get a flawless result

Step 1. Cut out the wallpaper

Position the wallpaper right side down on a flat work surface. Turnthe stool over and position on the wallpaper. Trace around the seat with a marker pen, repeating until you have enough wallpaper circles for the number of stools. Cut out the wallpaper circles using sharp scissors

Step 2. Apply the paste

Mix the paste in a plastic tub and use a paintbrush to apply to the top of the stool, keeping a damp cloth on hand to wipe away any excess paste or drips. Don’t use too much paste or the paper may become soggy and tear. TIP Lightly sand varnished or painted timber to create a key for the adhesive

Step 3. Finish the stool

Position the wallpaper circle on the top of the stool and gently press it into place with your hands then use a wallpaper smoothing and edging tool to smooth out any air bubbles. TIP This wallpaper is washable but to seal it, apply a clear water-based matt varnish with a brush or roller.

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