Enhancing and Elevating a Garden Stool

I am slowly changing things about the house after removing the Christmas decorations . .

~ ~ yep, you read correctly. . the Christmas decorations.

We have had a pretty busy month in January with traveling and other commitments.

I had this garden stool next to my chair . . .

~ ~ however, it just never seemed right . . loved the color and design, but not the height.

I decided it needed a “lift” . . .

~ ~ so I shopped the house and found the column bases I purchased from the High Point Market.

Hmm..let’s see if this will work.

The color of the base seems to work . . or should I paint it?..

The column base elevated the stool to the perfect height!

Topped the garden stool with a book and a plush velvet heart by “Plush Pumpkins” . .

I LOVE PARIS !!!

I think this will definitely work . . even my hubby gave it the thumbs up!!

Still debating on painting/color washing the column base . . . what say you?

Also, my Soft Surroundings Giveaway is still going on . . .

~ ~ ~ so if you have not entered ~ ~ you can enter HERE for a chance to win!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Comments

  1. Looking good! I like the contrast between the column base and your garden seat…looks more collected. Enjoy your weekend! ;)

  2. I love your idea…also love your pumpkin..my fav

  3. Oh I love the base just as it is. That was a great idea and how lucky you had a piece that would work so well. I think it looks very designerish mixing the two textures these pieces offer.

  4. The base is perfect for your garden stool! You’re right, it’s a better height for the chair.It’s so pretty. I love your plush velvet heart! It looks like Valentine’s has arrived!

  5. I love the base as is….it echoes the tan colour of the checked chair beside it perfectly…very lovely vignette, N.xo
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  6. Linda Miller says:

    No paint, please. It raises the stool to the right height next to the chair, and looks collected with the aged appearance. I would leave it as is. I should put some Bronco orange and blue out but instead, I am thinking of adding a little bit of Valentine’s decor today as I clean. Happy weekend.

  7. Love this change up, Shirley! Also happy to see your copy of Claudia’s Paris Flea Market Style!
    I have four various garden stools in my home and garden and you have inspired me!
    xoxo
    Karena
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  8. I like that. You could wash it and age it. I still need to do mine.
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  9. Great idea Shirley and it looks wonderful. Love the contrast of the stool and column base.
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  10. I love the way this looks I wouldn’t change a thing. No washing is necessary. Have a great weekend!!

    Cynthia
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  11. LOVE it as is Shirley…the contrast is so pretty!!
    I need to find one of those bases!!
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  12. Looks great Shirley – I love those little garden stools. Don;t change anyting.
    Have a great weekend.
    Mary
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  13. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says:

    I vote not to paint it…..maybe it’ll find it’s way somewhere else (when and often we get the redecorating bug) and you’ll need that neutral color……..just a thought. It’s so much fun to shop our own homes and give new life to cherished treasures, tfs…

  14. Great idea. I’ve seen these column bases around and thought about purchasing one. I can see how they would be very versatile. This looks perfect. If you paint it, you may want to use it in another way and wish you hadn’t. Love your cream colored garden stool too.

  15. What a great idea! I need to find a way to recreate that lift.

    THanks for the inspiration! Have a happy weekend xoxox
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  16. Perfect. I saw those at Kim’s house.
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  17. I love how that looks! The base is such a great addition. I would not paint it. I love it just as it is.

  18. I, too, vote to leave the base “as is.” It works perfectly and echoes one of the colors in the carpet beneath it.

    GREAT styling! I LOVE that base!!! And don’t feel like you’re the only one still struggling with dismantling Christmas. I am still looking at a small pile that somehow didn’t make it back into the appropriate boxes. Wondering whether to try to pull out and put them in the right boxes or just go out & buy another box to mark “Miscellaneous” for next year. I just don’t have the strength or the inclination to do either right now! :-)

    Have a great weekend, my love!
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  19. It is all gorgeous. I bet you just keep thinking about Paris again and again.
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  20. I LOVE the contrast of the column base and the stool, I would leave it as is!! Love that heart too! Have a great weekend!!!!!
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  21. It looks great Shirley, I love the contrast of the two pieces. I wouldn’t paint it.
    Sandy

  22. That worked out great, Shirley! An easy fix and it was great you had those column bases to use for this.
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  23. Brilliant!! I love how you’ve elevated your garden stool. If it were mine, I would leave the base alone. I like the color and texture it brings.
    Mary Alice
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  24. I actually like the way the column base blends with your rug…and I think it makes a great transition to the garden stool. Love it- sometimes those simple ideas are the best ones, aren’t they?! xo Diana
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  25. Beautifully done! Thanks for the great tip! I think the new height works wonderfully with the chair. Shirley, I would leave the riser the color it is. I think if you colorwash it too much attention will be given to it. Right now my eye goes to the fabulous garden stool! I always learn something when I visit!
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  26. I love the base, Shirley. It makes such a difference to the presence of the garden stool and seems like it would make it more user friendly. I vote for leaving it just as it is and not painting it to match the stool!
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  27. Wonderful idea! I think it’s perfect the way it is! I love the contrast of the ruggedness of the base and the shiny, smooth, sophistication of the stool! I wouldn’t change a thing!~~Ang
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  28. What a great solution to add a little height….very clever! Your little heart velvet pumpkin is so cute too :o)
    ~Des
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  29. I know I’m the minority here but I say give the base a wash. The stark white of the garden stool seems too “different” to me. I know you’ll make the right choice, after all, you live there. :)

    Love the plush heart!

    xo
    Pat
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  30. Very nice! I love that base! Personally I’d leave it or just give it a slight whitewash. The velvet heart is so cute too!
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  31. The base is gorgeous – love the color and would not do a thing…great look!!
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  32. If the hubby gave the thumbs up – it’s a great thing! I love it – wouldn’t change a thing about it!
    Kelly
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  33. When you ask an opinion, you get a lot of answers. Here’s mine. I like both pieces, but they have very different details which to me are a little conflicting. That being said, I’d paint the base the same color as the garden stool to give the appearance of a cohesive unit. Well, you asked……
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  34. I love it, Shirley! And, I wouldn’t paint it … it blends in nicely with your beautiful rug, allowing your garden seat to take center stage! I “want” your colorful pillow, please. :)
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  35. Brilliant!! Layering is so important,and this reminded me to do it more often. I LOVE the layering under the stool :)
    Stacy
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  36. Looks PERFECT as is! Very pretty!! :-) Love the heart too!

    xo-Lisa

  37. No don’t paint it, you’ll lose the beautiful patina and I love the contrast between it and your stool! Isn’t it interesting how many different opinions you have?
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  38. I say no to painting the base. It is just perfect!

  39. Looks wonderful… You are so full of creativity… Love it…

  40. The column base is perfect for your garden stool, Shirley. Personally, I would leave it just as it is — I love the contrast. But that’s just me.

    Denise
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