Thursday, May 5, 2011

Transformation Update: Vintage Stool

The Before...

Transformation Update:  Marital Bliss

Remember this vintage stool from our "Weekend Haul" post about a month ago?  Well it has a beautiful new look!  This is one of the things I love most about what I do.....taking something and transforming it into something else just as fabulous!  When the old green velvet covering was removed and the internal stuffing was revealed (see photo below)...the vintage shredded threads and gray stuffing used many years ago.  (I need to research this and find out the dates this type of stuffing was used.  If anyone already knows, please post an answer for me.)  The original filler was still in great shape, so I left it as authentic as I could.  The stool also has curved springs instead of just a flat board or woven support.  I had not seen this on a stool before.  This is also a clue to the origin of the piece.  I'm thinking it's French, or Italian.

Well, in deciding what fabric to use to reupholster the stool, my first idea was to use the current popular burlap fabric, but as "all good things come to those who wait" (smile), it turns out that procrastinating on the project was what led to the final decision and perfect choice.  We had a beautiful old Italian tapestry titled "Roma" (the name was woven into the threads), which no one in all the shows it appeared in wanted to buy  it....I could never figure out, I know why was supposed to be placed on this stool.  As they say, I married the two pieces pieces together and presto! something quite beautiful. 


The original finish on the stool was the same color as the tapestry.  This too was another reason that the two pieces should be joined forever in color bliss. (smile)  And now vintage stool do you take this tapesty to be tacked onto your wood, to wear in good health and in so joining to be more beautiful now as one?  I do!  Then let you be joined together throughout all eternity and let no man take you apart nor seperate you.  You may now live as one, happily ever after.  Dum dum dee dum!

Love, love, love it!  Now, see, here is my dilemma I face all the time.  I love a piece so much that I want to keep it and not sell it.  Tune in to future posts and see what I decided.  I've got my own little "redesign soap opera" going on here! (smile)"
- Denise

...The After


  1. Love the stool. My kind of work! Can't wait to see you at the Vintage Marketplace. Ciao Rita mammabellarte

  2. You absolutely amaze me! Everything you choose to do turns out so Beautiful! I Love the Stool! I Love You, Sis! Love, Les