Photo of Kim Yeager stool project
I had the leather hide and Kim had the adorable little stool. Together we created the finished piece. We love it!

The adorable, energetic and oh so talented Kim Yeager of Lark Nest Design and I met two years ago at the wild and crazy-wonderful September Junk Bonanza event in Shakopee, MN. She was displaying a cool piece of hers from Flea Market Style that featured Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in the Annie Sloan Unfolded booth where I was working. Plus, she was working the event with Ki Nassauer, upcycling guru, creator of Junk Bonanza and editor-in-chief of Flea Market Style Magazine.

During the three days, and over the most scrumptious Sunday morning group brunch with Kim, well, we bonded. She and I have kept in touch and recently we shared a brainstorm – let’s do a joint project to share on our blogs! We both love using Chalk Paint® and creating a great painted piece. The dilemma – I live in North Carolina and she lives in Minneapolis. No problem!

Kim’s stool before the 2-state magic began

Here’s what we did. I had a $5 yard sale leather hide and Kim had a little stool. So I selected a Royal Design Stencil (the Small Moroccan Inlay) to use with some Old White Chalk Paint®. Then I rolled up the piece and mailed it off to Kim to work her magic.


Photo of leather painted with Chalk Paint®

Lay the leather out flat and measure a piece larger than you need for the stool, allowing extra material to tuck under. Mark with a thin marker and cut. Find the center of the piece and position the stencil with tape. Be sure to add a tiny piece of tape under the little registration marks on each corner of the stencil and color in the arrow with the black marker. These marks will serve later as you move the stencil.

Using a large stencil brush, stencil one coat of Old White Chalk Paint® using a swirling motion. Fill in the entire piece with the pattern. Let dry.

No wax you ask? The Chalk Paint® sticks like glue. And over time if it wears, even better!

Photo of Kim Yeager painted stool

We love the piece we created so much that it will be on display at Junk Bonanza September 25, 26 and 27 in the Annie Sloan Unfolded booth. Our friend Amanda Ficek of  Mama’s Happy will be demonstrating finishes there. If you are lucky enough to attend, stop by and check out how to use Chalk Paint® on leather and Kim’s fab dry-brushing technique! Say hello to Amanda and if you wait long enough, Kim will probably fly by!

I will be at Junk Bonanza in spirit. Such a beautifully curated event. Every booth is a masterpiece.

Now, hop on over to Kim’s blog, LarkNestDesign, to see what she did to finish up our cute stool!

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