An Old Stool Meets a New Bread Board

Do you remember this charming antique piano stool?

Antique Swivel Stool Before

I picked it up a month or so back to use as a cute little side table in my parent’s living room.

And, for obvious reasons, it was pretty affordable.

Stool Top Before

I bought it for around $30 from eBay.

A major flaw, like this annihilated seat, can seem like a furniture deal breaker…though don’t be deterred! There are heaps of ways around this little problem.

The easiest of which being to use an affordable off-the-shelf “disk” as a completely new top.

I contemplated several options – including a pizza stone, a round paver and a marble tray – before simply stumbling across this perfectly sized timber bread board on clearance for $8 from Target one day.

Bread Board

Yes, I could have just replaced the seat insert with a circle of plywood or cut my own new top from a piece of wood, though I wanted to make this project a really basic “marriage” of elements – who doesn’t love basic? Plus, I needed a nice, flat, sturdy top as the stool is going to be repurposed as a side table.

But before I joined the two components in holy matrimony, I wanted to give the stool a mini makeover.

Its warm honey-toned wood was really lovely though it blended with my parent’s floorboards and felt a little insipid in the room. So, to introduce some contrast, I stained the stool a rich brown (Feast Watson Prooftint in Walnut).

I totally cheated here by doing no prep and applying the stain right over the existing varnish. Generally, this is a no-no as varnish will repel stain, resulting in uneven penetration and potential streaks and patchiness. I wasn’t too fussed in this case as I didn’t want the stool to look perfect and new anyway, plus the varnish was super old and dry and had already worn-off in most places.

I simply applied the stain with a rag, wiping it on and off again until I was happy with the depth of colour. Despite the varnish, it worked brilliantly and produced the perfectly imperfect result I was after! I was actually reasonably impressed by the success of my laziness.

Antique Swivel Stool with Bread Board Top | The Painted Hive

To provide consistency, I stained the bread board the same colour and finished it off with some linseed oil to add a bit of sheen (as it was pretty dry).

To attach the board to the stool, I simply used a few dobs of clear silicone. This holds it firmly in place though also allows for easy removal if mum ever wants to change the top.

Although the text on the bread board is sweet, it’s not really in-keeping with the feel we’re going for in this room so for now I have it plain side up.

Bread Board Stool Top | The Painted Hive

I absolutely LOVE the old cast iron swivel mechanism in this stool.

Antique Swivel Stool Adjuster

A beautiful testament to its utilitarian function and so full of charm. Plus it’s just plain handy that the height can be easily adjusted.

Here it is completely lowered…

Antique Stool with Bread Board Top | The Painted Hive

And at around three quarter height…

Antique Stool/Table with Bread Board Top | The Painted Hive

Oh, and do you like my new concrete vessel?

DIY Concrete Vessel Planter | The Painted Hive

I made a few of these sweet little planters on a whim a week or so back. Such an easy, affordable and rewarding project.

DIY Concrete Planter | The Painted Hive

Actually, there’s a bit of a funny story behind them…I was recently asked to participate in and style a video tutorial for one of my favourite brands (it was very exciting and I’ll be sure to share more deets about it when I can!). As part of the process, I was required to submit a visual style sheet of the decorative pieces I was planning to use. To represent a large grey pot I already had, I used an image of some cute little concrete planters – and received feedback from the creative agency stating just how much they LOVED them! Okay, eeeeek! I didn’t actually own any said cute little concrete planters! So, after some frantic and fruitless Googling, I came to the sobering conclusion that unless I wanted to spend a day or two (I didn’t even have) visiting numerous garden and homewares stores, two young children – who like to climb on and touch everything – in tow, looking for something I might not even find, I was going to have to make these things! So, I did.

There are a few tutorials out there for similar pots though let me know if you’d like me to do one too (I just kinda made it up as I went along).

Antique Swivel Stool Makeover | The Painted Hive

Seems this little guy couldn’t resist crashing my photo shoot again.

I know I say this every time I post an update of my parent’s room makeover, though we are really, really close now. Can not wait to share the finished space!

Antique Stool Makeover using a Bread Board to Cover the Damaged Top | The Painted Hive


Catch up on earlier posts about the room redo here…

Part 1: The Plan
Part 2: Progress and Pieces
Part 3: New Decisions and More Finds

  1. laura says:

    So lovely and a great easy solution. Your photos are fantastic too.
    Can not wait to see the finished room.

  2. Val says:

    I would really appreciate a tutorial on the concrete bowls, and I love what you are doing with this room. I am getting lots of ideas.

    • Great. I’ll see what I can do Val :)

    • Hi again Val
      Did you see my most recent post? I finally got around to sharing a tutorial for the concrete vessels :)

  3. Deb from Maryland says:

    Kristine! Love, love, love that color. Great job – it has great depth now. And, isn’t it great to “stumble” on a solution? It doesn’t happen to me often, which makes it more the sweet when it does. Looking forward to the next install. :)

    • So true Deb. I was looking around online though couldn’t find anything large enough to use for the new top that wasn’t going to cost more that the whole stool in the first place!
      When I came across that bread board in Target I couldn’t believe my luck!
      I think the next install will focus on the large scale bird art – looking forward to sharing that one :)

  4. chris aka monkey says:

    no other word for this but gorgeous, and waiting for the final reveal is like reading a who dunit lol xx

  5. ShellSmith says:

    I just love this! You’ve given it a make-over but managed to keep its aged appeal. Clever you

    • Thanks Shell. Just a simple refurb.
      I did get your previous email too – I’ll reply later on today :)

  6. Will and Kay says:

    Great idea! Fabulous!!!

  7. Lauren says:

    An amazing transformation! Your concrete bowl is the perfect accent with the books — so pretty!

  8. Gail says:

    Great stool and perfect for this project…..a one of a kind. Would like to see a tutorial on the concrete planter if time allows. Thanks.

    • Thanks Gail. I’ve had a bit of interest in the planter (through my blog and via social media too) so will get onto a tutorial :)

  9. Ron Carrier says:

    WOW. I love the refurbished stool. It is a great side table.

  10. What a beautiful stool that was, I absolutely loving it.

  11. Meg says:

    I still can’t believe how beautiful this turned out! I never thought of using a piano stool as a side table. I’ve always wanted an excuse to buy one and I think I finally found it :)

    • Ha, yay! Be sure to tag me when you find one Meg so I can check out its loveliness :)

  12. Your pretty stool caught my eye at the Creativity Unleashed party. Beautiful restoration, nice staging, beautiful photography! Pinning to share.

  13. You did an incredible job on making over that piano stool. It is stunning. I would love for you to share this at the Friday Favorites link party going on now.

  14. Terry says:

    Drooling over your stool! I have been wanting one for so long but they are always priced super high around here. You are so lucky and you did an amazing job on it! The color is perfection! Have a great weekend!
    The Curator’s Collection & Making Broken Beautiful

    • They are usually pretty pricey here too Terry. I think I just got lucky because the seat was broken and no-one else could be bothered fixing it. Win for me – yay!

  15. Cheryl Licht says:

    I love this stool makeover. We have an old organ stool that broke years ago now sitting in the garage waiting for some creative makeover. The age and depth and beauty, even though it’s broken just cannot be thrown away. I love what you did, and the ingenious Target find to make it a table. It’s perfect!

  16. krishnadecores says:

    i always read blog but this is one of the best for the viewers thanks for the real and helpful blog

  17. Clever idea! I love how you breathed life into the old stool with the new top. And you have a very good eye for decorating. Thank for you sharing this on the #HomeMattersParty

  18. Debbie says:

    Love the remake on the piano stool. Would love a tutorial for a concrete planter. Thanks for your excellent posts.

  19. Bridget says:

    Love the dog. He/she upstaged your project (which I liked).

  20. AlyssaWog says:

    Hello to all
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  21. Khristine Doiron says:

    I just love how the bread board instantly changes it from a stool to a side table. Well done!

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