Making a place for Dad’s coffee

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Dad comes over every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for dinner.

It’s our weekly ritual.

He arrives at 5:30, sits in the leather chair closest to the television, in time for the evening news.

While he watches the news, I make dinner.  That’s the routine.

Dad sits in that particular chair so he can read the closed captioning.

Unfortunately, that’s the one chair that doesn’t have an end table.

Occasionally… he’ll give me a hard time telling me I need a table so he can put his coffee

cup down.  Problem is there’s no room to put one there.

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Problem Solved…

I noticed this old stool down in the basement, paint splattered and water stained.  (a little ugly)

A make-over was in order and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I wish you could of saw the smile when I told him why I did this.  (I had to sneak the first picture)

He thought it was perfect.

Easily put away when not in use.

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Old Stool Make Over Steps


  1. I gave the top of the table a quick sanding with my palm sander to smooth out the paint splatters.  (I could of sanded the legs but I was lazy.)
  2. I used Tattered Angels Decor and DIY, Ebony*, I love that you don’t need to do any sanding or priming.  I love the smooth matte finish that it gives.  I gave the table 2 coats of paint and some touch ups.
  3. Allow the paint to fully dry and cure before starting the stenciling.
  4. I custom mixed Americana Décor Chalky Finish paint relic and everlasting for a light contrast to the ebony black finish.
  5. Center the stencil onto the middle of the stool and tape down the edges with removable painter’s tape to keep the stencil from moving.
  6. Use stipple brush to apply Chalky Finish paint inside open stencil areas.
  7. Remove Stencil.
  8. For the time being, I’ve decided to leave the stool as is.  You may want to apply a finishing wax to help protect the paint.


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29 thoughts on “Making a place for Dad’s coffee

  1. Ruby Walter says:

    I did the same thing with a twin to your stool, but mixed my own chalk paint. I then used dark wax to distress it and finished with a coat of clear wax. It has held up nicely for 2 years and is perfect for the spot beside my chair. Cherish the time with your dad. They are gone way too soon.

    • seldred2 says:

      Your stool sounds very nice. I guess great minds think alike.

      I enjoy my time with my dad. Wish my Mom was sitting here with him.
      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  2. Hilda says:

    I commend you on your choice of colors. This type of art is timeless. Your dad is blessed to have you in his life. Allow me to say how you too are bless to have a dad who gives of his time.(priceless)

  3. ConnieW. says:

    What a nice thing to do for dad. There’s only one, so its rewarding to make things easier for him while he is still around. Love the stool, and the reason. 🙂

  4. Sandy says:

    Thank you for sharing this story. This stool is very clever and creative and it’s just one more way that shows him how much you care. It makes me think of my own Dad who I miss so much.

    • seldred2 says:

      Thank You Sandy. I only wish my Mom was around to be with us. You don’t always realize what you had until it’s no longer with you. If I could do it again, I would of spent a whole lot more time with her. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. Have a wonderful day.

  5. Deborah says:

    My dad enjoyed his coffee with 2 teaspoons of sugar. He would have appreciated this thoughtful gift. I’m sure your father loves it. Way to go!

  6. Gail G Stephens says:

    Enjoy your dad. I have just been down that path. My 3 nights a week dinners went to 2 and then 1 and then I had to take the dinner to him at assisted living. Even though they had good meals it was nice to take him something special from home and eat with just him. It’s a difficult path you are on but enjoy it now and look at it as joyful later. I am still cleaning out his treasures from his house. You are lucky to have siblings.

    • seldred2 says:

      Thank You. Unfortunately, dad passed a little over a year ago. (the making a place for Dad’s coffee is an old post) I cherish the time we had together and the closeness that occurred. What I’d give for more dinner’s with dad.

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