DIY Camp Stools: One Room Challenge Week 4
Week 4 is here, and I’m sweating it a bit. After a delay with the fabric, the Huntington House furniture is finally shipping out tomorrow and should take about a week to arrive. It’ll get in right under the wire, a few days before the reveal.
This particular ORC is tricky since it’s at the lake house, two hours away, which means I’m not able to be there all the time to oversee projects. Thus, everything this week has been behind the scenes, for the most part. Last week the electrician came over and installed a pair of new Restoration Hardware library sconces I’d ordered (similar ones here and here). He texted me this photo once he installed them:
Since we didn’t have the electrical already installed to put the sconces in, it required a little bit more work. This is where I was more than happy to hire out since that is way above my pay grade to do ANYTHING electrical (I learned my lesson the hard way on that after shocking myself last year). When I go to the lake house this weekend, I’ll be patching up the spots that were cut into, and painting them.
The sconces are articulating, which means that I’ll adjust them to not be sticking straight out like that. But I lurrrrve them. So shiny and happy. I’m also considering ordering some Roman shades from Loom Decor in a stripe pattern (to match the other one on the back door). There’s soooo much white in our house, which I love, but I feel like this needs to be a focal point somehow.
She’s so pretty. I love her. Yes, I do think it’s a she. Anyway, she lives happily in the living room when she’s not being rolled hither and yon on the boardwalk and I want to include just a whiff of that bright coral elsewhere in the living room without going full-on CORAL. I love this coral linen throw from Annie Selke and I think it’ll be just the right amount of repetition to give a nod to the color of the bar cart as well as provide a nice contrast to all the chambray and white.
Meanwhile, I got a wild hair last week to DIY a pair of vintage camp stools, inspired by these. I bought a pair from Etsy (there are tons of listings) for a song, and ordered some of my fabric durable striped fabric from Les Toiles du Soleil, a French line of the happiest, most colorful striped woven fabric. I fell in love with the brand when I was a student in France many moons ago and we have several linens, etc. of theirs.
The stools themselves aren’t terribly large, and the original fabric was secured with staples. I removed the existing fabric, and pinned on the new fabric.
Enter BFF Rita who agreed to let me come over to borrow a staple gun (hello, #lazyDIYer here) and in the end, I helicoptered anxiously while she stapled the new fabric to the wooden frame. And I promised to pay her deductible if she shot a staple into her eye. Because THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS DO.
Anyway, voila – 2 darling, Frenchy fold-up camping stools. I sat on them and they’re totally solid (although I don’t know that I’d technically want to use them for any long length of time as a seat). Archer thinks they’re the greatest invention since sliced bread. He loves that he can fold it up, and carry it off to set up shop out in the yard. I envision them used as an extra footstool or a place to toss magazines or a book. BOOM.
All right, Week 4, peace out! Follow along on Instagram as I’ll be posting progress on IG Stories over the weekend. Oh, and for those who have asked, I STILL haven’t been able to track down that Ikea Stockholm cabinet yet. WAHHHHH.
Special thanks to the amazing sponsors who are willing to help me realize my vision for the room. I couldn’t complete this challenge without the gracious help these wonderful brands.
HUNTINGTON HOUSE ( Instagram)// CRYPTON (IG: Crypton) // SERENA & LILY (on Instagram) // ANNIE SELKE (on Instagram) // MINTED
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