Repurposed Puzzle Stool

Wondering what a puzzle stool is??
Puzzle stools are made with a solid piece of pine with carved out letters and blocks. 
They are made for children.

I just couldn't part with my daughters.  When she grew out of  hers I kept it in my workroom.  After several years of  being indecisive {Should I donate it or repurpose it?}  I decided to keep it and repurpose it into a chunky wooden board for display.  

Here is the BEFORE  (minus the letters)
As you can see this was well used & has worn over the years.  I took the letters out and use them around the house for decorating bookshelves and tablescapes. 

I removed everything including the metal plates that hold the legs.
Flip it over...this is the side you are going to see after it is finished.

The legs are stored in a plastic bag... just in case I want to turn it back into a stool.

After everything was removed I sanded the whole piece.
Then I used a weathered gray stain and craft paint to give it character.
I also stained these drawer pulls that were on our entertainment center.

I placed the board on chrome drawer pulls to lift it off the table during the staining process.
 I was thinking of adding them to the bottom but they were to small.

I used hot glue to adhere the wooden drawer pulls to the bottom of the stool.
I like the rustic charm they add to the chunky board.

The last three letters of my daughters name spells SEA.  Perfect for summer decorating.
 I love the primary colors of the letters.  It is fun to incorporate them into my decor.

I added a driftwood sailboat that I made using left over fabric from the dining chair redo.

Chunky reclaimed wood is all the rage these days.  
Here are two more ideas on how to get the look using a puzzle stool:

I love the look of reclaimed wood used for shelving in a kitchen.
 {Not that this is reclaimed wood}
 I would call it sentimental wood. 
 I think a few of these placed on brackets in a kitchen wood look great! 
 {Skip adding the feet to the bottom of course.}

This would also make a really nice cutting board...just skip the staining process
instead use several layers of mineral oil.

Can you tell this was a puzzle stool in its former life??

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