The onion footstoolJanuary 26th, 2012 in member junk
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
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