Good Morning.....or should I say Goodnight Moon??? hehehe!
While on a girls out day with my dear friend Joycee at the Shady Rest Flea Market in Beach City........I happened upon this little old stool (thanks Gary & Jewell!). Kind of sitting in the back of a booth, not out in the front, I looked at it and saw the hidden potential of what it was about to become. See, I love giving old things a second chance at life......a chance to become something beautiful and loved and passed down from generation to generation. Most people would call me a packrat (and do)........LOL! And I've been known to haul things home from the curb (dumpster diver that I am) and give them a major makeover. Most of the treasures that I have saved from the dump have all been sold in my shoppe and at craft fairs over the years.
My favorite subject is pumpkins and when I saw this little stool, I knew that I had to paint the seat and make it into a big beaming pumpkin face! It was very rough with lots of layers of cracked chippy paint but that's exactly what I LOVE! So I just cleaned it up and sanded the top a bit before starting. After getting the face painted on that bumpy surface I thought......."Geesh! It looks like the surface of the moon!!" I can't wait for when, in the fall, the moon rises up over the hill and it's that glowing orange orb, and it's so huge and bright and you can actally see the rough irregular surface of it! I gave this stool an antique black finish over the painted surface and then a hand rubbed paste wax finish......I just love the look that it gives! SO vintage looking! And the crackle shows up beautifully when the stain is applied over the paint. It soaks down into all those little fine lines giving it such detail and character!
Around the outer edge, I painted it black and then let it sit for days (ok....weeks) while I tried to decide just what kind of trim I wanted to give it. Well.....I just love the penny rug fingers made from old book pages and have used that edge finish on my little canvas paintings for quite a while now. So, I decided to do it on this stool too.........48 little penny rug fingers in all! LOL When I discussed this with Joycee she said, "Do you know how much work that's going to be?" LOL I did....but I knew that was the look that I wanted. I know..........I'm a glutton for punishment! hahaha! I then decided to add those little upholstery tacks to the center of each pennyrug finger to give it depth. Well.......let me tell you what it's like trying to hammer those into solid oak wood......it just wasn't happening! So.....I had to go get the cordless drill out and predrill all 48 little holes so I could hammer those little devils in there! I think it was worth all the trouble though. I really like that little extra detail that it gives it! =o)
Anyhow......I'm very proud of the way that it turned out and very scared of listing it on eBay! This is the largest thing that I have ever listed on there and I'm just not sure that it will sell or if people will be willing to pay the shipping cost. Because of the weight of the piece and size of the box, I'm going to try FedEx ground since it was the cheapest way to go.
I hope you have time to stop by and take a peak at my little stool on eBay! I've done a 10 day listing. I really like ending on Sunday evenings and since I was so impatient to list this, I started it on a Thursday which I rarely do.
HaPpY Fall y'all!!!!!!!!