Hi all! Sorry for the delay – it’s been a crazy past few months between the end of school and back surgery, I’m lacking time for projects. Which makes for a cranky me. Going back through some of my pictures, I realized that I hadn’t shared this little project! It’s an industrial fan kids stool DIY project – super simple and unbelievably creative.
I picked up this vent fan, industrial fan wheel from my picker dude for $10. It is flat on the top and bottom without any wobbles or sharp pieces. Instantly, I knew this would make an awesome stool but I didn’t want to put it on wheels or legs – kids size was what I had in mind. First thing that this little dohickey needed was a cleaning – I had to use a scrapper to get rid of the crusted on lint and dirt followed up by a wipe down.
I cut pieces of leftover plywood (1.5 “) into circles that would fit flat on the top and the bottom of the fan. The “attaching” the wood part was my only hurdle and I decided to attempt to drill through the top and bottom of the fan. My thought was to attach the wood using heavy-duty wood screws through the drill holes and into the wood. Miraculously, the fan metal was easy to drill through and I made approximately 8 holes into the top and bottom of the fan.
I sanded and stained the bottom piece of wood before attaching it with 1″ wood screws. To make the top of the stool comfy, I used a piece of leftover 2″ foam, batting, and some cool vintage-looking car fabric. Once the top was upholstered, I attached it from the bottom through the holes in the fan using 1.5″ screws. *Of course, I neglected to take photos…so take a look at the fabric from a birds-eye view!
It’s truly awesome how this stool turned out and now I can envision it in a little boy’s room…if it doesn’t sell at the Vintage Market at the Old Red Barn, that bad boy is going into Colt’s room!
Have you ever used an unexpected item to create a new project? Let me know in the comments below!