HOME DECOR | Cats Only Painted Wood Stool

I painted this wood stool for our cats only. They are a fan of sitting at the kitchen window watching wildlife...mostly squirrels...in our front yard. They also watch our neighbors and greet us excitedly at the windows. I might make a skinny bench by the front door too. I found this stool at AC Moore after several store searches. I tested it out for sturdiness before purchasing. Now, this doesn't mean I stood on it. I just checked the joints and levelness. Like with most of my artwork, I paint in layers. I like the contrast of colors and finishes, especially shiny and sparkles! You can alter the color palette to suit your decor. There are tons of DecoArt paints to bring your cat stool goals to fruition. The candy colors match my 50s diner inspired kitchen.

DecoArt provided me with their paints for this project. They didn't pay me. All thoughts, opinions, instructions and images are my own. I use Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases made using these links will result in Amazon paying me a small commision. 
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper plate
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil

1) Use sandpaper to smooth any rough spots on the wood stool. Use a damp paper towel to remove any wood dust.

2) With a wide paintbrush, basecoat the stool with 1-2 coats of Americana Acrylic Paint. Rinse and wash brushes between colors. Use the paper plate as a paint palette.
  • Top - Ocean Blue
  • Outer Sides - Sour Apple
  • Inner Sides - Sea Aqua
  • Bridge (piece between two sides) - Carousel Pink
  • Edges - Purple Cow
3) Using a small flat paint brush and Bluegrass Green, add arched stripes to the outer sides. With Baby Pink and the same cleaned brush, add vertical stripes to the bridge. With Purple Passion Glamour Dust Paint and a round brush, add dots along the purple edging. None of these details need to perfect, as cats won't judge your art skills.

4) On the stool top, with a pencil, lightly draw a cat head shape. Write the words "CATS ONLY". Fill in the cat head with Sea Aqua and a medium width brush you like. With a small flat brush and Bahama Blue, paint the letters.

5) Paint 3-4 layers of DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Peacock Pearl on the cat head. Lightly draw cat eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers with the pencil. Using Bluegrass Green, fill in the facial features. With Sour Apple and a small paintbrush, add the iris to the cat eyes. Mix 1:1 DecoArt Glamour Dust Limelight and DecoArt Craft Twinkles Lime Green on a paper plate. Fill in the irises with a 2-3 coats of this glitter mixture. With Ocean Blue and a small paintbrush, add the eye pupils. Go over those pupils with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Ice Blue. 

6) Mix 1:1 DecoArt Glamour Dust Ice Crystal and DecoArt Glamour Dust Crystal together on a paper plate. You'll need a large amount, but you can mix it in small batches as the ratio is the same. With a wide paintbrush, cover the whole stool (except the underside) with this glitter mixture. I use 2-3 coats for an extra glittery surface.

Cat models are so goofy that there's normally at least
one tongue photo before the shoot devolves into bathtime.

I painted this stool for my cats, but it would be handy for a small dog or child too. I used the last glitter mixture as a glitter sealer, but DecoArt does have actual sealers. I just haven't used any of their shiny sealers yet. I have more painting projects planned, from small stuff like kitchen wall art to big stuff like outdoor furniture. If you want to see what I'm making before it becomes a tutorial (not all projects are tutorials), follow me on Instagram. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!


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