The in­dus­trial trend is big in home­wares this sea­son – get the look with our con­crete stool that will ap­peal to buy­ers who love ur­ban trends.

Craftseller - - Make It - By Pip Ley­land

How to make the con­crete stool

Cut the wooden dowel into three pieces mea­sur­ing 50cm (19¾in); th­ese are the legs for the stool. Score lines in the top of each leg 1cm (½in) down from the edge – this will help to se­cure the dowel as the con­crete will fill the gaps and an­chor the legs in place.

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In a clean and dry plas­tic bin, mix to­gether 2.5cm (1in) of con­crete and 2.5cm (1in) of sil­ver sand. Add wa­ter and con­tinue to mix un­til the con­crete is wet through but not soak­ing. Add a cup of PVA glue to the mix to add strength and give a glossy fin­ish, and stir well. Shake the bub­bles out of the con­crete be­fore it sets by tap­ping the bin on the floor and around its sides – the bub­bles will come to the sur­face and pop, but don’t worry too much as this will be the un­der­side of the stool.

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Place the bin onto an even sur­face, then po­si­tion the legs, score side down, into the con­crete mix; make sure they do not touch the bot­tom of the bin. Po­si­tion them in the shape of a tri­pod and, once happy with the po­si­tion­ing, lean them against the sides of the bin and use mask­ing tape to stop them mov­ing.

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Check the dry­ing time of the con­crete on the in­struc­tions and add two hours due the thick­ness of the con­crete. Once dry, tap the sides of the bin un­til the stool be­comes loose

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enough for you to re­move it by pulling it out by the legs. Be care­ful not to wig­gle the legs un­til the con­crete is 100% dry. Use sand­pa­per to rub down the legs, re­mov­ing any grazes and flakes of con­crete that may have fallen onto them. If the legs are un­even when you stand your stool up, then keep sand­ing the bot­tom of the legs un­til the stool sits evenly on the floor.

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Seal the wooden legs by rub­bing them with nat­u­ral beeswax. Ap­ply mask­ing tape to the legs, just above the bot­tom, then spray paint the bot­tom of the legs with rose gold paint for a dipped ef­fect.

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