Cool Stools

Cool Stools

Custom hand-painted and decoupaged furniture, maps of all kinds. www.coolstools.net Cool Stools, located in Richmond, Virginia, has been creating one-of-kind pieces since 1994, where Ellen was one of the founding artists at ArtWorks in Richmond.

Her custom pieces have found their way across the United States for discerning homeowners that are looking for unique and distinctive pieces for their home. The poured pieces are fluid and imaginative, created with a client's decor in mind. The map series of furniture are custom-designed with topographic maps, boaters charts, and pilot sectionals. More at www.coolstools.net.

Operating as usual

Photos from Cool Stools's post 03/20/2021

Frames for pics or mirrors. What are some other color combos that are hip these days? Coming soon to @thebohobasementrva.

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Photos from Cool Stools's post 03/09/2021

Frames for pictures or mirrors. Coastal blues, greens and blues, and black and white.

#shoplocalrva #rvashopping #thebohobasementrva #coolstoolsrva

03/06/2021

Yay!

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#coolstoolsrva
#handpaintedfurniture

Yay!

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#coolstoolsrva
#handpaintedfurniture

02/27/2021

New poured frame, old picture of me, c. 1970.

New poured frame, old picture of me, c. 1970.

02/27/2021

New poured frame, old picture of me, c. 1970.

New poured frame, old picture of me, c. 1970.

02/26/2021

Saturday @thebohobasementrva everyone for grand reopening! 4924 W Broad. 10-6pm. All items also available for sale on the website at 6:30pm if you can't make it in!

Saturday @thebohobasementrva everyone for grand reopening! 4924 W Broad. 10-6pm. All items also available for sale on the website at 6:30pm if you can't make it in!

Photos from Cool Stools's post 02/25/2021

Blue mirrors.

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02/25/2021

Blue mirrors.

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Blue mirrors.

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02/09/2021

Irvington/Kilmarnock topographic map stool. Stay tuned for other locations.

Irvington/Kilmarnock topographic map stool. Stay tuned for other locations.

02/04/2021

Blue leaf and table.

Blue leaf and table.

02/04/2021

Leaves and tables.

Leaves and tables.

02/03/2021

The barstool where it all began. Topographic map of Richmond, VA. Will be available at The Boho Basement grand reopening on Feb 27th! Stay tuned for other locations, especially you Rivah folk.

#shoplocalrva #thebohobasement
#customfurniture

The barstool where it all began. Topographic map of Richmond, VA. Will be available at The Boho Basement grand reopening on Feb 27th! Stay tuned for other locations, especially you Rivah folk.

#shoplocalrva #thebohobasement
#customfurniture

02/02/2021

Another tiny table!

Another tiny table!

02/01/2021

Notecards with scraps from monstera leaf poured paint prints. Recycle/reuse!

#monsteralove
#monstera #plantart #notecards

Notecards with scraps from monstera leaf poured paint prints. Recycle/reuse!

#monsteralove
#monstera #plantart #notecards

01/30/2021

Hand poured and hand cut monstera leaves, simple clip glass frame. Come get them at The Boho Basement's grand re-opening on Feb 27th! 8x10 or 11x14.

#thebohobasementrva #rvaplantclub
#monsteralove
#plantart

Hand poured and hand cut monstera leaves, simple clip glass frame. Come get them at The Boho Basement's grand re-opening on Feb 27th! 8x10 or 11x14.

#thebohobasementrva #rvaplantclub
#monsteralove
#plantart

01/30/2021

Poured paint plant stand.

#coolstools #handpaintedfurniture

Poured paint plant stand.

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12/17/2020

Rappahannock River stool

12/11/2020

Custom map covered stools.

12/11/2020

Cool Stools's cover photo

12/11/2020

Butterfly plant stand with handpainted accents. Beautiful Cavallini paper.

12/03/2020

Paint pour on this small chest. I can do this technique in other colors as well, to match your decor.

12/03/2020

This is how it all started. Topographic maps on barstools. These are the eastern shore of Virginia. I can use any map and can help you find just the right one. NOAA Boaters Charts, FAA Pilot sectionals and road maps to name a few possibilities.

11/06/2020

Stay tuned, folks! Cool Stools is coming back soon, better than ever.

03/15/2014

Richmond ladder back chair, rush seat to follow.

03/15/2014

Cool Stools studio back open now with the beautiful weather. Richmond ladderback chair, rush seat next.

07/07/2013

Great show in Deltaville this weekend. Also looking forward to having my stuff at American Cottage in Yorktown.

06/20/2013

Tall plant stand, with map of Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Will be available at my Deltaville Show in July.

05/21/2013

Hattaras deck chair.

03/16/2013

Detail of mirror done with maps of the Chesapeake Bay. Will be in my show at Arts in the Park, Byrd Park, May 4-5.

09/08/2012

How it Works

How I work:

First, decide what kind of map. Topograhic, boaters charts, pilot sectionals, road maps. Just about any flat surface can be covered with a map. The other surfaces are painted in balanced and corresponding colors that match the map. If you have a piece you are interested in covering with a map, email me a picture as a start, and then we can go from there. I can help you find a map online. Once we have an idea of the map and the furniture, I will send you back a design. I find that unfinished furniture stores have a wide selection of pieces to choose from. My barstools are either roundtop or saddleback.

If you have your own piece of furniture, send me a picture with the dimensions, and a general idea of what you might have in mind. We'll work together to come up with something perfect for your space. Paint swatches are an excellent way to start. I am a big fan of unfinished furniture stores, and can send you pictures of items that work for your space and your budget.

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08/01/2012

Choose the map you want for your custom bench or stool...

07/29/2012

Timeline Photos

07/29/2012

Saddleback barstool, 24" high. This one is covered with a topographic map of Deltaville, VA. The legs are wrapped in topographic maps of the Chesapeake Bay.

Website photos 07/15/2012

Beach vanity chair - detail pix to follow, as well as finishing the actual upholstery.

Beach vanity chair - detail pix to follow, as well as finishing the actual upholstery.

07/14/2012

Topographic map of Deltaville, VA and points east. This piece was made to hold a large comforter at the foot of the bed when not in use.

Address

Richmond, VA
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