The onion footstool

January 26th, 2012 in member junk     
JunkAlley JunkAlley, member
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The finished product, pressed into action.
The top layer is detached and waiting to reveal the wonder beneath.
And the wonder beneath is ... this. Okay, surely there must be something awesome under this layer.
And under that ... a call from the 80s.
And finally ... mahogany. Who would have guessed?
The finished product, pressed into action.

The finished product, pressed into action.

I found this sad little stool in an alley a few weeks ago. I thought it had cool potential and was worth a closer look. It felt primitive with its hand-cut legs and several, obvious, repairs-on-top-of-repairs. 

I knew there was wood beneath the fabric, and felt I could easily paint the whole thing and give it a rustic feel, to fit its construction. So I pulled out the staples and removed the fabric, only to find another layer -- this one a mix of vinyl and velour. Off that came, revealing a leopard-print velour. 

What other mysteries lay below, I could only imagine. The tension building, I removed the final layer, exposing near-pristine mahogany. This onion had a treasure within!

I sanded clean the wood on top, stained and clear-coated it. The legs and supports got primer, dark blue, then flat white dry-brushed and crackled over it all. The contrast between the beautiful wood on top and distressed legs gave me exactly the weathered, nautical feel I wanted.

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, vintage, wood, cottage, , family room, white, kitchen, living room, bedroom, brown, sunroom, blue, mudroom, beachy, footstool

Comments (5)

gadgetsponge writes: Beautiful. The depth and richness of the wood is really nice. Posted: 10:56 am on January 29th
plumberdaughter1 writes: Love it! This turned out very nice! Posted: 6:17 pm on January 27th
MakinItHappen writes: OK, where do you live? I'm coming to get that thing. It's sooooo cool. And how neat that all that covering protected the top all those years. Posted: 10:45 am on January 27th
JunkArchitect writes: What an amazing transformation!

Posted: 8:45 am on January 27th
sandyrae writes: sweet! I love uncovering those layers too! Although some times they get pretty nasty. Your finished project is amazing!
Sandy Posted: 5:32 am on January 27th
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