This week’s project was a new challenge for me and I almost didn’t get it finished. Partly because I hesitated on it and partly because it was a busy week.
So, I had this little bench/stool that someone gave me years ago. On the underside it says Hibriton Co. I couldn’t find much about the company but I think the stool might be from the 60’s. When I got it, it had a beat up needlepoint cover on it (probably not the original cushion) but several years ago I changed the cover to a purple silky cover so I could use it for a display. Then it ended up in my daughter’s room for years (she loves purple and it matched her room). This week I decided to give it a new look.
First, I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed Milkpaint (Mora). Usually I would sand the surface down a little so the paint will adhere better but this time I decided to test how chippy it would get without sanding since I wanted a distressed look. Well, it definitely got chippy. Actually much more than I had hoped for but I decided it was still okay. After painting I smoothed it down a bit with a fine sand paper. This gives the milk paint a smoother finish. Then I wiped it down with a damp paper towel. Oops. Probably a mistake. The paint started chipping a lot more and flaking off. Hmmm. I decided to just leave it. I sanded it down a bit more and then wiped it down with a white wax finish. (Miss Mustard Seed). Then I let it sit for a few days. I wasn’t sure I liked how it turned out. I decided I would completely sand the whole thing down and start over but one more look at it and I decided to just keep going forward to see how it turned out.
So, next step was to redo the padded seat. I got some new padding, covered it with a little bit of batting and then covered the whole thing with some cheap muslin. Then came the challenging part… A skirted cover.
After looking through my stash of fabrics I decided to use a blue ticking I had. The tricky part was the piping. I’ve never done piping before but it turned out not to be too difficult. Then I added a pleated skirt to it…Another new challenge but again not as difficult as I thought it would be. In the end I really like how it turned out.
Another project finished. Time to move on to the next one.