Cosco step stools are a '50s kitchen requisite. This one belonged to my Great-Grandmother who lived in a 1930s Craftsman-style house with a 1950s kitchen. Although she lived in the city, she had chickens in her backyard, which we would eat when we visited her house. It was years before I realized that the chickens in the backyard were the same ones on my plate. I was very upset when I found out.
I can remember sitting on this stool in my Grandma's kitchen while eating fried chicken. I was very young at the time and liked sitting on the stool because it made me taller. My brother and I used to fight over sitting on it and we had to take turns.
It has beed used a lot and it really shows. A lot of the paint has worn off the back of the seat.
The vinyl on the seat is beginning to split.
The chrome legs are rusty and there are paint splatters on the red metal parts. The rubber on one of the steps has cracked and broken off and one of the rubber feet has cracked. There is a defect to nearly every area of the step stool. It's in pretty rough shape, but still very functional. It's a very helpful item to have in the kitchen, especially when you're short, like me.
I'm wondering if I should try to restore this step stool, or if I should leave it just as it is. I saw a vintage aqua Cosco stool at the flea market recently and it was beautiful. It was in like-new condition. It made me think about the potential this one has to look shiny and new.
Of course, if I were to change the color to turquoise it would match my turquoise kitchen.
Has anyone out there ever attempted to fix up an old Cosco stool?