They are one of those things.
Things you don’t necessarily think belong somewhere… until they do.
I am talking about little wood stools.
Painted, natural, detailed and simple – they come in all shapes and sizes and are absolute treasures for setting nearly anywhere.
I have been collecting vintage stools for years. The ones that have old peeling paint and years of patina from use speak the loudest to me.
Like this little chippy white one found in a junk shop. It was one the owner used all the time- and it wasn’t for sale but he sold to me after I fell in love with it.
And there is the one in the little cottage kitchen that has a special meaning. This was in my grandfathers workshop- and though the bright red and green is not my usual color scheme- I love the tattered seat and the memories that it holds.
And I do have some newer ones as well… because- slightly obsessed.
I love to use stools as little tables pretty much EVERYWHERE. And my number one tip to remember when buying a stool to use as a table- make sure the top is level. They make a lot of charming stools now that have a slight dip in the seat-which is probably super comfy compared to flat and hard wood- but those dips will not do the best job doubling as a table.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use little stools in my home and decor- and I have your back with a few shopping options included if you decide you neeeeeed one too. 🙂
7 Favorite places and ways to use little stools
#1. As an extra table
Love little stools as an extra table for spot to set a cup of tea or candle.
Or a few blooms… I mean- why not?
#2. In the bathroom
I love to use a stool as an extra little table in the bathroom.
And this stool is one I get questions about all.the.time. I love to have a couple of these for using all over the place. Love this small bleached wood stool that looks like it is the same as the one I have in the bathroom
This is another one- such a cute chippy painted charming Farmhouse style stool
#2. As a spot to sit
Painted stools are great pulled up to a small table for seating as well. This vintage one is in the little cottage dining area.
A similar look- this little blush painted stool– is available in quite a few colors & finishes. Tempting!!
#3. In the kitchen
Raw natural looking wood that is similar to the ones in the kitchen
I love to use stools as an extra work spot- for flowers, for holding scissors and linens- or propping your foot while you work.
love this Rustic stool
#4. As a small side table
When there isn’t enough space for a full end table- a small stool is a perfect side table.
#5. By the hammock
Love to tuck a small stool near the hammock for holding a glass of water or cup of tea- or fresh clipped blooms.
#6. In the dining room
We don’t always have an end chair at the table- so sometimes all I need is a small stool pulled up for a spot to sit. This is that favorite that moves all.over.the.place.
#7. In the greenhouse
Basically, a stool is always a good element to have to tuck pretty much anywhere and use for all kinds of things. I love to collect vintage ones- and as you can see- those vintage style new ones are pretty big favorites too. I hope this gives you some ideas on how to incorporate a charming little stool into your home.
Happy Wednesday everyone.
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