I had 2 pieces of furniture that I wanted to use in my living room (for sentimental reasons) but they were in bad shape. I'm all for the cottage look but these were a little too much of the 'shabby chic' to suit me. The little table used to be on my mother's front porch and she used it for a plant table. At some point in time, she painted it bright yellow, which is perfect for a porch plant table! The little footstool was bought at a the flea market years and years ago. I just love it and think it has character. It just needed a little tender, loving care! For a long time, the footstool was under my desk and no one saw it at all. But, since I gave my desk away, it is now in the living room. Someone suggested that I paint both pieces black since that was "in" right now. My sweet husband bought me a quart of black paint and brush and told me to paint away! I love to paint so it was not a chore at all. So, Saturday I put the first coat on and Sunday afternoon I put the 2nd coat on. I really like how both pieces turned out.
I haven't quiet decided where the table will go or what its purpose will be. It will work itself out and I will let you know!
Sam really likes the footstool now. I still have to recover the pad. I just put some fabric on it to take the picture. Of course, Sam had to check it out!