Tag: footstool

Discovering Rufus Porter

Discovering Rufus Porter

My recent design rabbit hole started with a desire to create a historic looking mural for our home. Somewhere in my search for folk art painting techniques I stumbled upon one Mr. Rufus Porter and the rug hooker in me took over. His motifs struck a chord. While I’ve yet to paint anything, I’ve been enjoying designing rugs inspired by his work. This little footstool is the first of many to come.

I’ve been dabbling with woodworking lately. This primitive little stool paired beautifully with my Rufus Porter inspired rug.
It took some trial and error to get the background colors just right for both mood and visibility, but I love how it came out.
The knot in the wood became the perfect little accent to the “legs” of the stool.
Kantha Style Quilted Footstool

Kantha Style Quilted Footstool

A little blue footstool–a vintage thrift store find–became the newest fodder for my latest stitching obsession.

 

This cotton upholstery fabric finally earned its keep in my stash, pairing beautifully with the original paint of the stool.
I love the texture the stitching gives.

Baluster Footstool: An Exercise in Salvage

Salvaged goodness.

The great thing about having a barn is that you have a place to store your stash of salvaged and flea market goods. The bad part about having a barn is that you have a place to store your stash of salvaged and flea market goods. And even with a small barn like ours, things accumulate. A lot.

When our barn is brimming, or just when we feel like visiting old finds, we take a stroll through our collection to see what’s what. When things go well, we leave with arms and heads full of fodder and ideas. On a less successful venture, we leave with bowed shaking heads asking what are we going to do with all this hoarded stuff. We are turning into our parents…

Ready for Upholstery

Salvation comes in many forms, and for us on this one day of touring, we left with armloads of balusters with beautiful faded and chippy paint. There are a couple of things in the works with these, but the first to emerge from my husband’s workshop was a nifty little footstool. I knew the compact proportions were going to make it the perfect foot prop for a guitar player or quilter looking to balance her frame.

My turn to add my touch to a piece we are working on together is always a bit daunting. I never want to screw up anything my guy has already done, so I agonize over fabric choices. But I’m very happy with this one: a worn but sturdy little remnant of an antique oriental rug. So, our work here is done.

A nifty little foot prop.

Now and Then

I love it when my work is transformative.  If only it were so easy when the project is Me.

The challenge was to create something new, that looks very old.
The legs were hand sanded, leaving a patina of stain, then lightly waxed. I used a remnant of an antique oriental rug to upholster the stool.
Transformed.

The stool as it came to me. 1960's maybe?