Friday, April 19, 2013

A Little Stool Makeover

I'm not sure if this little stool was originally used for trying on shoes or for shining shoes.....

but it sure makes a mighty fine footstool now.

I discovered this cutie at Alameda Point Antiques Faire a few weekends ago.  I almost walked away from it, but it was as sturdy as a rock and had lots of potential.

Nothing a little paint wouldn't cure.  Two quick coats of CeCe Caldwell chalk paint and a vintage grain sack remnant was just what it needed.  I padded the hard seat with two layers of batting and used upholstery tacks on the front end.  

Some heavy duty staples hold everything in place.

I wanted to keep some of the original character, so I left the foot pad just the way I found it.

Look what else I discovered at a college flea market last weekend; I think there's a theme going on here.  This very old and very dirty shoe shine kit is just waiting for a good cleaning and a lot of love.

I've been up to my eyeballs in projects this week trying to get myself organized for Mes Amis Vintage Antique  Show on Saturday.  This is always a fabulous show and the weather forecast is predicting a gorgeous day.

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25 comments:

  1. Very cute Betsy...like how you added the grainsack. Hope you have a wonderful show this weekend.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  2. Definitely a theme going on...cute stool, I use to work in the shoe department at JCP years ago...the 60's and that was what we used. Cute makeover.

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  3. Well done (the stool)! And I have a "thing" for shoe shine kits...Yours is a dandy :)

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  4. I love the little stool with the grain sack. What a great idea. Have a wonderful show. Is that one in the bay area too?

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  5. I love it. It would be hard to part with. Blessings, Trisha

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  6. Betsy the addition of the grainsack is so cute! Enjoy your weekend show!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  7. That is SO adorable now, Betsy! I sold a wooden shoe shine box a few months ago, and I'm kicking myself that I didn't paint it - it would have looked so much nicer. I LOVE the grainsack on top - 2 thumbs up!

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  8. Great redo! I also like the use of the grain sack.
    Have a great weekend.

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  9. Great makeover! Next time I see one of those, I won't pass it up!!!! There was a FABULOUS yard sale not too from me, she had some GREAT stuff, but her PRICES, OMG, I didn't buy anything but there was lots I would have loved to have brought home, kind of disappointed :(

    Have fun tomorrow!!!

    xo

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  10. Have a great show, Betsy. Love the makeover.

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  11. What a cute transformation Betsy! Hope you have a great show!
    xx
    Anne

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  12. I love it, perfect finishing touches. I think it is a shoe tryer on stool that the shoe sales clerk sat on and you put your foot up.

    Carol

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  13. LOVE that little foot stool...before and after. GREAT find :)

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  14. What fun and unusual treasures! I love what you did with it!

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  15. Love, love this transformation. Reminds me of shopping for school shoes. The salesperson would sit where your beautiful grain sack is, and my tiny foot would be ... anywhere but on the shoe portion. :) Great post.! (I really miss the Bay Area.)

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  16. The grainsack cloth was a great choice. Good luck at the show!!

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  17. That looks super adorable! Love the fabric & paint choice and I think it makes the perfect foot stool! Found you at Funky Junk!

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  18. Cute, cute, cute!! What a transformation!!!
    Jane

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  19. What a cute stool...love the grain sack!! Hope you have a great show!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  20. Neat idea. I have passed those little shoe shining things up at sales. -- Not anymore.

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  21. Good Morning Betsy, What a transformation. I love the grain sack which you added.....has any member of your family asked you to sit down and clean their shoes yet???
    Have a lovely Sunday.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  22. So great Betsy! What great work you do. Love the tacks and fabric... perfect!

    Love the shoe shine kit too - I bought a wooden shoe shine kit months ago when an Antique shop was closing down. It was only $ 7 as it was 75% off... I just sat it down in my studio until this weekend when I finally found a place to display it. Surprisingly, I found an awesome rusty metal brush inside too!

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  23. What a great little piece to find and redo. ADORABLE!! I can't wait to see how your show comes together. You will be the belle of the ball with all your salvaged treasures. You will have lots of photos for us, won't you? Pretty please?
    Liz

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  24. I remember using a stool like this when trying on shoes at a shoe store. Wow...yours has been well used, but you've given it new life!!!

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  25. Great timing Betsy ... I have a foot stool something like that. I think was used in a shoe department for trying on shoes. I have had it for a years just waiting for the right inspiration to do something with it. Now I know what I want to do!!! I will use painter's drop cloth and paint a stripe on it since I don't have any grain sack or maybe transfer an ad from a shoe store. Thanks for inspiring me.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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