Call it vain, but this little vanity stool wanted to look good. It's a little treasure I discovered at an antique store north of Greenwich, CT for only $55.00! The frame of the piece had great lines and decorative details, so I decided to lighten it up by giving it a fresh coat of paint. The paint treatment is has a few steps involved. I started with a white-wash, then sanded down to reveal some of the original wood. I then focused on the carved details and went in with a golden artisan finish paint. Using a small brush and wiping excess as I went, I brushed on the finish and then wiped it back off. The bench was then gutted and reupholstered in China Seas New Batik in Turquoise. The entire piece took one yard of fabric with the medallions centered on the seat and back.
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(Images: Samantha Knapp)