This stool has been with me for a long time. I bought it in 2004 to use in my photography sessions and I used it in pretty much every session including this one from my daughter taken in 2005.
Since then it’s seen better days. It’s still a nice, sturdy old stool but the finish was rubbing off and you were bound to get a sliver if you rubbed it the wrong way. I struggled with redoing it because of the memories, but ultimately decided that it’s doing me no good hiding in the basement and I really wanted to see what this stool would look like with a makeover and I just love the results – I’m so glad I finally did it.
Here is a before picture of the stool in it’s current 2013 state (along with some other pots I plan to repaint to fit my current décor)….
And here are the afters…
I used two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint on this one and was starting to panic a little as the paint was drying. It was looking like a bright, bright red. But after the initial paint layer dried I applied a layer of clear wax and then went over it with the dark wax and immediately started to love it again. I absolutely love how the dark wax fills in where it needs to and showcases the years of age and memories this stool has been through. Thanks for looking! ~Jess