Zero Budget Project: Bedside Stools


We’ve had these stools since we lived in California. It feels like 3 lifetimes ago when we were there. I bought two (one for each side of the bed) for $10 each. We’ve since resurfaced the tops with a bright yellow. But they’re just not quite right.

They’re dirty from all of our moves, too. Currently we have an expedit next to Chris’s side of the bed so we can house chargers, pocket contents, books, etc without cluttering up the room too much. (it’s still a cluttered mess, though) And I’ve got two of these stools on my side. It works in a very asymmetrical way, but I’m not digging on the decor in our room. I want to cool things down a bit, I think there’s too much yellow and orange going on.

Our bed is pushed up against a bold orange wall (seriously the color is perfect), so I’m thinking of introducing more cool jewel tones into the decor. I’ve been thinking about staining my dresser indigo, so the above fabric might be perfect.

I’ve been obsessing over plums and indigos as of late (see this month’s houzz ideabook), so when I saw this fabric at a yard sale, I couldn’t help myself. It was $1, and I have at least a yard of it. It’s sort of late 80s, early 90s, but I think I can pull it off. What do you think?

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    1. kate says:

      Looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    2. mandie says:

      I vote a big fat YES! and then send me what ever’s left over. ;)

    3. Melissa says:

      Of course you can pull it off. It looks fun

    4. Brenda Rhodes says:

      I love the material. I can’t wait to see it against the orange wall I am having a hard time putting it with the wall in my mind, but I would love to see it in action. Bet that would sell me. Hurry and do this so I can have an action pic to look at! Haha

    5. Riki says:

      I have exactly that side table – except I found mine on the side of the road for free! I sprayed it Oil Rubbed Bronze and use it in my office beside my comfy reading chair.

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