Washington DC is not only the nation’s capital, but I’m convinced that it’s also home to the best thrifting scene in the nation. I find hundreds of treasures, and Ikea’s (now retired) Benjamin bentwood stool is a frequent find in my local thrift stores. I purchased mine for $3 a few years ago.
I originally bought it for my sister, whose home is adorably decorated with mid century modern furniture. However, it soon proved useful as a stepping stool, extra seat, extra side table, etc. so I kept it (Sorry, sis). I was tired of its ragged looks though. The surface was dry and cracked despite being oiled a few times.
I have a stockpile of paint in my home, most of which I purchase from the “oops paint” section in Home Depot. I also have a glossy turquoise that I got for $3 and thought it’d be a fun pop of color on my sad Benjamin stool. Some wood filler, a light sanding, and two coats of paint later…
Now, I can reach all of my upper kitchen cabinets (in style). Not too bad for a $6 update.