|this is one refinished foot|
It was only recently that I decided it was time to bring this gem out of hiding for a make-over. First up, were the feet. This is my favorite product to use to get grim and old polish off of wood.
Using triple 000 steel wool, saturated with the antique improver, and some elbow grease, the wood was quickly brought back to life.
Now the carvings and detailing just popped! With all four feet revived, I knew exactly what fabric I wanted to use to cover it.
Several years ago I went to Round Top (woohooo! another flea market ticked off my bucket list!) where I had purchased a roll of vintage homespun linen. I remember it like it was yesterday. Entering this particular tent, on a most beastly hot and humid Texas day, I was greeted by roll after roll of vintage homespun linen. Up until this point I had never seen a sight like this before. It was heavenly! After much deliberation, I decided that one of those needed to be mine. Pointing to one of the smaller rolls, I asked the woman, "How much are you asking for it?" With a bit sadness in her eyes, she looked at me and said, "I really don't know the exact prices. You see, my husband was the one who did the negotiating and he recently passed away. I'm just trying to get rid of them." My heart broke hearing her words... seeing that the light had dimmed from her face. That roll of homespun linen, that I carried under my arm the rest of the day, came with a story I will never forget!
So there you have it! A memory of an Iowa auction married to the memory of woman I had only met once. Both left indelible impressions! Without further ado, I give you.......
my sweet footstool! I love its simplicity.. the full gathered skirt. Perfect for resting my feet on when I sit in this chair and read. Perfect for resting my feet when I watch tv.
Place a quaint side table next to it and the vignette is complete!
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