I’m a sucker for a quirky, little [insert object here]. The kind of pieces with personality–ones that make the room, just by embracing their flaws, asymmetry, oddly tiny scale, etc. I think it’s these unusual pieces that give rooms/homes personality, approchability and charm.
I initially made this quirky little stool for my back hall. I wanted a little corner spot to sit down and tie shoes or set a heavy grocery bag on. The original idea was to use 1″ thick wood dowels and attach them to the top with hangar bolts/angled plates. It ended up being a bit of a Pinterest fail–it was really tough to get the hangar bolts super straight in the end of the wood dowels and because of that the legs weren’t very stable. Below is a shot of that version of the stool, where you can see it’s crooked. I actually really like with the fact that it’s crooked, but being unstable, no one could really sit or set anything on it. It was just taking up space.
I think it’s these unusual pieces that give rooms/homes personality, approchability and charm.
I decided to switch to pre-made legs that came with a hangar bolt already installed. Sometimes you just have to leave it to the experts. They’re more MCM-feeling than I originally set out to create, but I still love this project.
The wood top is actually this footed tray from Target with the “feet” removed. It’s perfect for a little stool.
Here’s a quick run-down on this little love.
- Remove the feet from the underside of the wood top by unscrewing the screws with a drill.
- Evenly space the 3 angled plates around the perimeter of the underside of the wood top, and mark the screw locations with a pencil. The plates should angle down toward the outside edge of the wood top.
- Drill pilot holes for the plate screws.
- Screw the plates to the top via pilot holes.
- Wrap the metal feet portions of the stool legs with masking tape. Spray paint the legs your chosen color.
- Screw the legs into the installed angle plates.