Monday, October 4, 2010

happy little feet

collaged-stepstool

1 stepstool from Target, 2 pieces of patterned paper, 3 coats of Mod Podge on each step = happy little feet! I looked at this plain old thing for a year, and finally decided it needed some color. I love spontaneous creative explosions like these! They give me a surge of energy that longer, planned-out projects cannot deliver. I need to do more of them simply for the rush. Have you done any creative quickies lately -- projects in less than an hour or two?

32 comments:

Buffalo Lucy said...

That's gorgeous Aimee!! Love the owl, too!

nacherluver said...

adorable!

cindy said...

love this project, aimee. hoot hoot!

Chel said...

love this! I'd love to do it. My husband has been "building" a step stool for Gracie (for the last four years) and I'm tired of the plastic temporary one we have in place until the "real" one gets built. Might need to borrow your idea and jazz it up!

Kolleen said...

i LOVE this!

it made me happy just looking at the pic!!!!

great idea!!!

xoxoxo
k

Eden said...

Man, this rocks!! Makes me want to go out and buy something white, so that I can modge podge some cool paper to it!! Love this!!

Lisa said...

I love that! Oh my - we have one of those too. I've got to try that. (Yep. Copycat here.) :)

I recently bought two binders of recycled cardboard because I couldn't find any fun artsy ones that I liked. I've covered one in scrapbook paper & then colored w/pens/markers, etc....can't wait to do the other!

Doesn't this kind of thing just brighten your day?

Nina Crittenden said...

Fun! Did you mod podge, paper, mod podge, mod podge? Or paper, mod podge, mod podge, mod podge? I need to get me some mod podge! :)

Amanda May said...

I know, so satisfying! The paper you used is really pretty too.

Last week I made a headboard, just covered a piece of humasote(?) with foam and batting and some pretty fabric. Made a huge difference and took maybe an hour.

aimee said...

good question! a thin layer of mod podge helps cement the sheet on more easily. thicker paper seems to bubble up more easily so you constantly have to be on the lookout on the first round of podgin'. make sure to smooth any wrinkles or bubbles out before it dries. i found these papers in the gift wrap section of world market - they have a gorgeous assortment of handmade papers and they are only $2.99 a roll!

lisa/amanda - cool projects!! they sound fun!

peggyfussell said...

Love it!! I know exactly what you mean about spontaneous project combustion. It really is fun to just whip something up on the spur of the moment! I need to do it more.

Janie B said...

So cute! I love that the papers are different. Great job.

joanne said...

LOVE this! going to have to try this out too~

speaking of mod podge...

old mason jars/jelly jars + mod podge + food coloring or small amount of watercolor paint... very thin coats (one or two)... dappled onto the jars with with a paint brush or foam brush to avoid brush stroke lines... voila... very pretty vases or votives in soft pastel colors... eaaasy...

Kelly Warren said...

This looks awesome! My girls have this exact same stool from Target in their room, and I've been thinking ever since I bought it that it's rather boring! Totally stealing this idea. Just sayin'.... :-)

fluffysam said...

Now I really, really need to mod podge something...

Yvonne said...

LOVE this!! colour explosions really do it for me these days :)

Move ahead - sure to be doing plenty of (too) quick projects in the near future, also a few long and boring ones... For now? Chilling with feet up, for as long as I still get to ;)

Phoenix Peacock said...

thhis is just too cute!

stephanie levy said...

so cute and sweet - love this! can you please come over and decorate my girls' room Aimee? I can offer free room and board in Munich!

rachel awes said...

you are
stepping up
in beauty,
darling.
xox

BT said...

What a superb idea, well done you.

Jane said...

Thanks so much for featuring this on 52 Projects. I love it!!! It's amazing what a colorful piece of paper or two can do to a piece. I made an upcycled scarf yesterday in a tiny bit less than an hour. You can check it out at my regular blog :)

Nicole said...

Love this idea and I love quickie art projects! It's been awhile since I did one, but quite some time ago, I did blog about this quickie apron I made from a funny tea towel I had- http://www.threebysea.com/three_by_sea/2008/12/11/crafty-sluts-enjoy-a-quickie-now-and-then.html

K A B L O O E Y said...

Having a tough day, and this completely brightened me up. I love the stool -- the papers are beautiful and vibrant, and I love that they're not "cutesy" and pastel-y. We too have a plain white Target step stool, so I'm going to show my daughter the picture and see if I get the nod of approval. Her whole gigantic bed is white laminate too, but I don't want to get carried away. Thanks for inspiration. And I LOVE your header.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, wow, you are on a ROLL! KaPOW!

Okay, seriously, Target needs to hire you to design their furniture line.

●• Thereza said...

looks lovely!

Lisa said...

so... so... SO cute.

gypsy said...

I should look for ways to use my favorite patterned papers! My daughter and I painted two huge terra cotta pots for the back porch container garden - no planning - fun!

Mod Podge Amy said...

This is SOSOSO cute! I love it!

Jen said...

I just did this with a step stool that my triplets use. It is super cute and holding up really well. After the mod podge, I put a coat of varnish on top.

Becky said...

i just love this and will have to find a stool to do this to

AG Ambroult said...

So damn cute. Way to take a ho hum stool and make it a masterpiece, Aimee. No creative bursts in the past few weeks, but the ideas come and go faster than I than remember them. Does that count for anything?

Megan Walker said...

Hey Girl!
I'm so happy you did that! And I *LOVE* your paper! I have a little step stool here I've been meaning to do the same thing to for months now (in fact it was Cindy's idea) and you just gave me the *push* I needed! Nice job!

xoxoxo

P.S. I'm always so late to your freaking cool posts... !@#$%&!