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...and Another Thing

Saturday, July 16, 2011

With all of the changes taking place in my sun room, this little foot stool seemed to stand out - in a not so good way.


I love the stool itself and the meaning behind it.  To brief you, my mother did the needle point and gave it to my late grandmother who used it every day for many years.  My goal was to preserve what is there, but to cover it with something that will work with the neutral pallet in the room and add more texture, the key to getting a neutral room to work.  Needlepoint was not injured in the process.


 I decided to use a scrap of burlap that was left from another project.  I made a stencil from freezer paper with the number 1938, the year our house was built, and filled it in with permanent marker.  You can read more about the how-to here.






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17 comments:

  1. Rene, that is great!! I like how you preserved your mother's needlepoint. We have 2 antique chairs that my husband's grandfather made and his wife (my husband's grandmother) did the needlepoint. They are stunning, but one day, I too would like to cover it to fit the rest of our decor (while preserving the needlepoint).

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  2. Rene you are a genius - I love the technique (I have been dying to try freezer-paper stenciling) and the end result looks great!! How special to have that piece in your house, and make it usable. I am a big fan of decorating with meaningful objects.

    Hope you have a great weekend my friend!

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  3. This is brilliant...and much less expensive than an embroidered monogram. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Lome it, burlap is one of my favorite fabrics!

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  5. So cute, Rene, and I love how the needlepoint is still there, unharmed!

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  6. Rene I love the new look, very nice!!

    xoxo
    Karena

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    Come over and enter my giceaway, a very special painting!

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  7. Love the stenciled burlap treatment! The footstool looks great. Those pieces of needlepoint that tie into family history are such treasures. Kudos to you for saving yours! When I recovered our dining room chairs, I framed up the surviving original needlepoint covers to hang in our dining room as a nod to the hubs' great aunt. Glad to see you preserved your mom's handiwork. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Burlap and numbers... you can't go wrong with that! Looks great!

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  9. Super cute... Love Love it...

    Pattie

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  10. Don't we love us some burlap....love it!

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  11. i love the look, and the year you chose for its meaning. and i love that the original is safely preserved underneath. :)

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  12. I love it!! Great job:) I love how you preserved a family heirloom:):)

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  13. I love it! I also love that you kept it preserved underneath :)
    Kelle

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  14. I love sweet footstools and this one is wonderful :)

    xoxo

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