I have a box that I keep out in the garage that I like to put things that I find when I am out bargain hunting at places like Goodwill or Salvation Army that I want to work on later. This very worn but very well made oak wood foot stool has been sitting in that box for a while now. I finally got around to giving it the “number treatment”. I thought about stenciling on the words “RELAX” and even writing “Rest your weary feet here” in French of course (Reposez vos pieds fatigués ici), but in the end, I went the tried and true “number” route.
I think this foot stool was was well used in it’s former life. I wiped it down and applied a couple of coats of Rust-o-leum’s American Accents Black Canyon Spray Paint.
After it dried I lightly sanded all the edges to give it a nicely worn look. I wiped it down with a clean dry cloth and then took out my number stencils (from Maison de Stencils) and with some white craft paint I stenciled on my numbers.
I get asked all the time if the numbers I choose have any meaning. Most of the time I just put together numbers based on how they look. But today I went with the number “85” because it’s the year we got married.
After the numbers dried I gave the foot stool a coat of a clear sealer spray to help protect it. It gave the foot stool a nice finish but I noticed as it was drying that in some areas it was getting a “crackle-like” effect. Can you see it? A happy accident. Not sure why it was doing that. Good think I like that kind of look. :)