Toddler Chair and Stools

Hey guys!  A while back someone contacted me about a few little projects she was looking to have built for her kiddos and I’m here tonight to show them to you all!  She was looking for a little seat and a few stools and I think they came out so cute!!  I’m beginning to realize I really need practice in the “Taking pictures as I go” category of blogging so I apologize but I did snap a few pictures and the rest is really easy to figure out.  Here are the finished pictures though because everyone loves to see afters!

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Aren’t they cute!  I had my 3 year olds test them out and they are the perfect size.  Unfortunately one of my daughter’s favorite color is purple so she just doesn’t understand that the purple stool is not for her.  Guess my list of things that I need to make my kiddos just got a little longer.

I made these out of 1×12 whitewood from Lowe’s.  The trickiest part for me is cutting out the shapes.  For some reason me and the jigsaw just cannot seem to get along but that is something we will just need to work out on our own.  Maybe counseling will help us.  Or I guess if I get desperate I can just spend a few hours cutting out different shapes to help get more practice!  But enough about me and the jigsaw.

To start I cut the 1×12’s down to size.  For the chair I cut 2 pieces @ 14″ and for each stool I cut 2 pieces @ 7.75″.  Next I traced the shapes onto one board from each project.  Here’s is the drawing for the chair.


The stools I just used my yogurt lid and traced a few half circles were I thought they would look good.  Next step is to cut these puppies out.  I think the best way to do it is to clamp both sides down and cut them out together.  This way you are sure they match up.  This is the chair after I cut them out.  It looks pretty rough but I got in there with the sander and a dremel and smoothed it all out again doing it while they were clamped together.


Here is what the stool pieces looked like.


After this point I sucked and didn’t take any pictures.  I know…bad blogger!  But it is really easy to figure out.  For the stool I first attached the back rest to the leg pieces.  I used a 1×6 cut @ 13″.   Just remember…use glue, countersink your holes, and make sure it is even on both sides.  My back rest hangs over each side by about 1/4 of an inch.  Next step is to add the seat.  I used a 1×10 cut @ 13″.  Just screw through the seat making sure you are going into the legs.  Last step is the support on the bottom.  I used a 1×2 cut @ 11″.  I attached it with glue and 1 1/4″ screws through the outside of the legs.

The stools were assembled pretty much the same way.  First top and then the bottom support.  For the stool tops I used a 1×12 cut @ 13″ and a 1×2 @ 10″ for the support.  Now all you need to do is fill the screw holes with wood filler and sand everything down when it’s all dry.  To finish these I used Zissner 1-2-3 primer and a few coats of ColorPlace paint from Walmart.  Once they were all done I sprayed them with Design Master Dresden Clear Glaze to protect the finish.  Here are a few more shots of the finished product.


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So what do you think?  I am really happy with all 3 pieces but I am really loving the stools!  Hopefully one day I get around to making some for my house.  I think I will have 3 happy kiddos if I do!  Unfortunately my to do list is usually about 40 pages long so for now I’ve got a few other projects in the works.  I’m also working on re-doing my girls’ bedroom so I will share everything with you guys.  I have a bed built that I just need to finish painting.  I will share some pictures of it with you later this week and the list of what needs to be done!  Until then I hope you all have a great week and I hope you are able to get a little DIY-ing done!


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    • Ghy says:

      This is so interesting. I have had some old, paeintd chairs along the way as an antique dealer. More than once I have had some with dipped legs, but always with black paint on the bottom. I have wondered if it might have been so that the chair legs wouldn’t show dirt, as if the chairs had been used first in primitive houses in the country.I also have some newish, colorful bar chairs with black paint at the bottom. Maybe I will shoot a picture, post it, link back to you, and see what others know about the old ones and what they think of the new trend!

    • Chima says:

      This stool looks great. I built the original vioesrn you posted a while ago. It came out nice but the hardware used to join the dowels together all bent. I was wondering if you had a similar issue with the original? Did you use different hardware on the new stool?

      • says:

        Hi there. When I make stools I actually join everything together with pocket holes. I use a Kreg Jig. Hope that helps!

  1. Tiago says:

    I love this idea, but I don’t think I would have the heart to implement it on brand new chrias. Especially if those chrias have a Flemish finish, another trend. I like the idea for a vintage set in need of some lovin.I recently stripped years of paint of my mother/mine/ and now my daughter’s childhood dresser and it was a nightmare. I used to be willing to paint anything that didn’t move, thinking I could just strip it one day. I now have second thoughts.

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