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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.