Building a couple of toddler vanity/toothbrushing stools

Posted By on September 4, 2018


Since it was a hot 3-day holiday weekend (nearly 90 each day) and was both a work weekend and work holiday on Monday for Brenda, I opted to spend a little time in the basement workshop. Besides being cooler during the heat of the day, we want to have a little vanity/toothbrushing stool finished for Annalyn.

StoolHorseShoeNail180903StoolParts180901I worked from an online photo, but made my own modifications in order to make it unique. I decided to use Poplar since it is easy to work with AND I’m planning to experiment with some distressed painting. I’m tinkering with a "horse shoeing" nail as an old fashion "for show" trim nail. My mother-in-law put some David T. Smith cabinets in her kitchen a few years ago and her girls (Chris, Brenda and Ann) ended up with a couple distressed-look pieces of furniture that I’ve always admired. Since I’m making two stools, I’m going to try to give them a similar look. We’ll see?


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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