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Farmhouse Spring Foyer & Updated Milking Stool

Hey everyone! The sun was shining this weekend which hasn’t happened around here for a while so it was glorious! So nice, in fact, I was able to do some painting outside and decided to give the old foyer a farmhouse face lift to celebrate. This included updating an old milking stool that we found in the basement of our old house about 20 years ago. I’m sharing this post as part of the Dose of DIY Blog Hop Tour with the lovely ladies again so check out their projects below too.


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So my foyer was a bit on the boring side…


Foyer Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek



Foyer Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek


We really haven’t done much to it because we will be replacing the flooring in a couple of months now that the fireplace is done and after that I’d like to add some wainscoting.  For now, we’ll just add a few new touches. We’ll start with this old milking stool…


Original milking stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Don’t get me wrong, you know I love chippy-pealy but this was too much for me and seemed dirty even after a good cleaning.  It was also a bit wobbly so I took it apart and used some wood glue in the notches.


Stool taken apart ready for some wood glue


Stool - wood glue


To clean it up a bit I used some leftover paint from my antique hutch project in Silver Like. I didn’t give it a full coat because I still wanted an aged feel. By the way, I’m lovin’ this grey!  It actually became the inspiration for this update.


Milking stool with new paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Next came the sand paper. I used 120 grit around all of the edges of the legs and spindles as well as the entire top. Here she is all done…


Milking Stool After Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek


To also tie in the Silver Like, I used it on this paper mache “P” I had originally painted brown.  The nice thing about this Pure & Original Paint is that it dries so quickly. I didn’t think of doing this until half way through the project and it was so easy to add because it was done in a jiffy. Yes, I just used the word jiffy.


Paper Mache Initial - Life on Kaydeross Creek


For the main wall I decided to use these metal numbers I got from American Farm House a couple of years ago. I had originally purchased them for the mudroom and then ended up doing something different. I love the colors and the grey is spot on with the stool. (affiliate link provided for your convenience, see my disclosure policy here)


Foyer area with number wall - Life on Kaydeross Creek


I love the way all of the grey ties in with the tile and the stone on the fireplace, from the stool and the “P” to the logs in the corner and the cute rug I picked up at Target…


Foyer area & Stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Foyer - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Foyer - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Milking Stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I love the way it turned out. The stool is a so fresh now and it makes the area much lighter than before. It’s amazing what a good coat of paint can do. I also love the metal numbers on the wall. They’re quirky and different and you know I’m all about it 🙂  So here’s to cool and unusual projects. If you have any coming up…

Happy DIY’ing!

Colleen Life on Kaydeross Creek





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  1. your little stool is adorable, and I just love the numbers you hung on the wall too! Visiting today from the Totally Terrific Tuesday party, I am one of the new co hosts who is joining the party. Please come back and link up again next week!

  2. Shirley Wood says:

    Small changes can make such a big difference. Your stool and those letters are awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday. I think a fun upcycle project is currently one of my favorite things.

  3. Stacey says:

    The stool is adorable and I love the numbers on your wall.

    We’d love for you to join us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday if you have time. 🙂

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