Hi all! So, I had to say good-bye to a dear friend today…it was gut-wrenching…she was just perfect and darling in every way….
Her story starts at Laverty’s in Waco (yes, the same Shanty Shopping Spree Whitney mentioned in her milk jug post). I had a lot going on that week and my shanty spending money was in the red so I told my mom, Ellen, and Whit I would have to wait until next time. My mom persuaded me to go by offering to buy me some pieces…..couldn’t pass that up! I found a few great items that I will be posting later but I wanted to share this antique wooden stool my mom managed to sneak by us!
So adorable! I love the rails on the back….
We convinced my mom that she needed a paint job….so, I agreed to paint it for her to pay her back for my purchases (great deal on both ends…trust me!) 2 coats of Behr Forever Black Satin brought her back to life….
Fantastic in black….
I used my 3M sanding block to distress the edges…I love how it shows off her great lines and detail….
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Lucky for me we have had non-stop rain for the past 8 days and I wasn’t about to put this beauty in the back of my truck in the elements. She found a nice place to rest in my dining room next to my hutch….it was meant to be…..
She looks so content…..
I took her for a visit to Whitney’s and she fit in so nicely among the other pieces in her dining room as well….
Now in her entry way with a few knick knacks……
I have to admit I’m going to miss her but I know my mom will love her as much as we do ~ if not…I’ve got dibs Whit!!!!!
*Update ~ I have had a few requests that I give detailed instructions on how I painted this piece so, here goes!
1. Wipe down the surface, with a damp cloth, to clean away dirt and dust.
2. Lightly sand the first layer off ~ I use my husband’s Dewalt Battery Powered Sander and it takes ALL the elbow grease out of sanding ~ I highly recommend one….very good for heavy varnishes!
3. Wipe down again with a wet cloth.
4. Paint first coat (I make sure all the brush strokes go the same direction). As far as brushes to use..I have used the expensive brushes and the cheap-o Wal-Mart brushes and the cheap-o’s do just as well!
5. Distress all of the edges – especially the corners ~ I use my 3M sanding block that I LOVE! You have to buy the sand paper separate ~ 80 grit works great for distressing. I dragged it along the legs in spots also.
6. I did not use a finish on this stool because it will be used for decoration only. However, if you intend to paint a piece that will see everyday wear and tear we use Polycrylic ~ 2 coats.