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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Hallway Update: $8.00 Goodwill Antique Stool Makeover

An $8 antique wood and rush saddle seat stool gets a quick and simple raw wood makeover!

It's been months since I've found anything worth buying at my local Goodwill.

I stop in often and every time, I walk out empty handed. 

It can be extremely discouraging, but that's all part of thrifting.  Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't.

Luckily, on my last Goodwill visit, I found an antique wood and rush saddle seat stool that immediately caught my eye.

Vintage modern, high contrast hallway

The wood finish was worn and flaking off. but the rush seating was flawless.

It was one of those pieces that you don't really need and you have no idea what you're going to do with, but you just can't leave behind. 

antique rush saddle stool before

$8 antique wood stool before

The stool may have looked a bit rough, but the wood was solid and the seating was sturdy, which made it a perfect candidate for a quick and easy raw wood makeover

antique wood and rush saddle stool before

I hand sanded the stool to remove all the chippy finish then used my Dewalt Orbital Sander to remove the majority of the old stain before finishing with more hand sanding.

Sanding wood stool

I planned on sealing the wood with Cerusing wax, but after testing a small spot I decided I like the pure raw wood better.  

raw wood antique rush saddle stool

I wasn't exactly sure where I was going to put the stool in my home and if I was going to use it as a stool or plant stand, but after moving it into the hallway for pictures it seemed to be a perfect fit.

antique rush saddle stool plant stand

raw wood antique rush and saddle stool

I absolutely love how the antique raw wood and rush saddle seat stool looks at the end of the hall and against the dark Iron Ore wall.  The fun pop of green from my Pothos plant isn't half bad either.  

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antique saddle stool as plant stand

raw wood antique saddle stool,  wood plant stand

black and white decorated hallway

The only problem?

As much as I love the look of the stool at the end of the hallway, I've already busted my toe on it once, so I'm thinking the best place for the stool isn't in the hallway.

With that being said, if you have a long hallway with a little more space, a stool or plant stand is a great way to decorate and add interest. 

vintage modern, high contrast hallway decor

So, what do you think of my $8 Goodwill purchase?  Would you have also bought the stool if you spotted it while out thrifting? 


- White wall and trim color:  Sherwin-Williams Super Paint Semi-Gloss White
- Dark accent wall color:  Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore
- Door color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore
- Geometric Rug: World Market 
- Black Planters:  HomeGoods 
- Light Fixture: Lowes (similar light linked from Wayfair) 


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  1. I love this old stool. I wouldn't have left it behind either. Great find.