Back in January when I was cleaning out my storage room, I came upon this little stool buried in a back corner under several boxes. It was originally from my mother-in-law’s house. Painted my mother-in-law’s favorite color, blue, and adorned with country geese and hearts.
About 5 years ago, my husband and I spent a couple of months cleaning out my mother-in-law’s 1950’s townhouse, it was known as a row house then, preparing her for a move to an assisted living home. The flights of stairs were getting increasingly difficult to manage and simple household tasks harder, if not impossible,to do. Even though the house held a million memories from raising 4 sons, it was time to move on.
It was extremely hard to whittle down the lifetime of memories and belongings to a manageable pile that would fit into a two room apartment, but eventually we managed after making dozens of trips to the local Goodwill. Some of her belongings went into our storage room so that she could take her time sifting through them at a later date…mostly photographs and letters and this lonely little stool. Judging by the geese and hearts, it had to be 30 years old. I say 30 years, because I remember doing similar stencils when I was first married…I think mine were cute little houses.
Needless to say, this stool needed a makeover.
First step was to paint the bottom of the stool with black chalk paint. The stenciling on the top also got sanded off, I didn’t want any goose tail feathers to show through if I did more sanding.
The top of the stool also got a coat of chalk paint, an off white color (linen). I wish I could say that this was the only coat I put on the top, but I actually changed my mind 3 times before coming to rest on this color.
I wanted lettering on my stool, but I didn’t want it to actually be read. I didn’t want anyone to be reading “I’ve done the laundry twice today and had to walk the dog. And did I tell you about me bunion?”
I figured a french letter would be the way to go, this one was found online here. I’m sure it says exactly what my translation says…OK, I have no idea what it says, but it’s very pretty and I love the “r’s” at the end of a word.
In Publisher I enlarged a portion of the letter to be exactly the size of the top of my stool and printed it out on 4 sheet of paper. The edges were trimmed and the letter was taped back together.
Since I still don’t own a piece of carbon paper to transfer my image, I went back to my old standby of scribbling on the back of my picture with a pencil.
I taped the pages onto the top of my stool and went over the lettering with a pen. The pencil scribbling on the back acts as carbon paper to transfer the image to the stool.
Now it’s just a matter of following the lines with a small brush. I decided to use dark gray instead of black for a softer image.
A light sanding, especially around the edges reveals some of the past paint colors. Finished off with clear wax and a bit of darker wax to muddy it up a bit.
I can totally see someone in 20 years redoing this stool saying, “Remember how 30 years ago they used to put lettering on everything?”
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