The concrete love continues with these delightful little concrete stools.
These are super simple and fun to make. Seriously, I can’t stop making them.
To make these concrete stools you will need:
– concrete (I love using Quikrete, found at Lowe’s)
– bucket, I’ve made these using two different sizes; a 5 gallon & a little paint bucket
– 1 inch dowel, cut into 16 inch long pieces
If you use a short bucket, place it inside the 5 gallon bucket so there are sides to hold the dowels in place.
Mix up your concrete and put in into the bucket. The amount of concrete depends on how thick you want your stool to be. Then push the dowels into the concrete and angle them out evenly.
Let your bucket of concrete dry for a day or two.
Once dry, grab the sides of your bucket and bend them in and out a bit. This will help loosen the plastic from the concrete. Hold onto the dowels and pull your concrete stool out of the bucket.
Your stool may need a few additional days to completely dry. If there are some jagged edges along the bottom (which would have been the top in the bucket) this is a good time to sand them smooth. I used 200 grit sandpaper on mine.
Once your stool is completely dry you may want to add a little extra love with paint, leafing, etc. I did a little copper leafing on this one by first taping off the leafing area with painters tape.
I love the shiny, metallic, copper against the raw concrete.
You can also “dip” the legs in paint or add paint on top of the stool. For the stool on the left; I poured some paint onto a paper plate, dipped the top of the stool into it, turned the stool upright, then let the paint just run down the sides
These are a couple of stools I made using a 5 gallon bucket. And I used longer legs on one of them. These were the first ones I made so I learned a few things. With these, I mixed the concrete right in the bucket. I didn’t get all the concrete mixed together really well and, as you can see with the stool on the right, some of the edges crumbled off when I pulled it out of the bucket. That’s why I like mixing the concrete first then adding it into the bucket.
It does add character though.
To “dip” the legs on these stools I taped off the dowels and painted the bottoms.
They make great plant stands.
Another thing I’ve learned is that, over time, the legs will fall out of your stool. You’ll pick up your stool one day, the dowels with tumble out onto the floor and then you’ll be super sad. But don’t worry.
Using construction adhesive you can glue those babies right back in their holes. To prevent this from happening all together I would recommend drilling a large hole through the end of your dowel before you push it into the concrete. I think that would help anchor it in.
Until next time….