{Shoe Shine Anyone??}

While I was gone a big box arrived at my doorstep...

what a fun surprise!

I had forgot I had purchased this little piece with all the craziness life has been the past couple of weeks...

Isn't it a sweet little thing?

Just 15" tall...

I thought that stripping/painting/waxing & distressing this piece would be a fun winter project,


after seeing her in person

i think

i'll leave the paint as is...

Flip open the lid

and this

is what

you see...

Shoe shine anyone?

I don't know much about this piece other then it came from Ohio.

I'm thinking it may have been something someone crafted on their own and wasn't a purchased piece...

but that is what I loved about it...

looks like something my dad would have built...

that is what attracted me to the piece.

Doesn't she have the cutest little legs??

I love her green chippy paint...

Then there is the cloth part of the lid...

It is about the size of a piece of note book paper.

Do I replace it or leave it?


replace it with a

cross stitched sampler

or a

needle punched design

or a

hooked piece

or how

about a

wool appliqued design??

You have seen the before pictures...

hopefully I will have

after pictures

by winter's end...

According to the Farmer's Almanac

it sounds like tis

going to be




& snowy


here in the midwest...

time to start

gathering up


to fill

the long

winter evenings...

hoping your holiday weekend is filled with family, friends & fun,



Joanne said...

I say put a new piece on it! Have fun with it and I wouldn't change the paint either! Very cool! I have the same bench with the brass fitting inside - I bought it at an antique store in Maine and it had an americana type needlepoint pic on top with tacks that was wearing out - so I put a rug hooked piece on top.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri ~ Boog) said...

What a great find! I love the green paint. I would put a punchneedle right over top of the old fabric and otherwise keep it as is. I'm so dreading what the winter is going to bring us this year ~ I hope the Almanac is wrong!

Nancy said...

What a wonderful find! I would definitely leave the paint as is. A very aged sampler would be a nice touch on the top.

Unknown said...

What a wonderful find. I just love the chippy green paint. Tough decision - it looks great as is, but I agree with Terri that a punchneedle would also look good, too. Can't wait to see what you decide to do.

Diva Kreszl said...

Definitely leave the green chippy paint, perhaps you can find a vintage piece of needlework for the top???

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Oh I just love your header and the pumpkins in the upper right photo..just love them..:)

WoolenSails said...

What a wonderful piece and I think one of your beautiful cross stitches would be perfect for it.


Holley said...

I think it wants something cozy in needlepunch. And that statement is from someone who does not do needlepunch.

Thanks for the warning about the winter. Sounds like a reasonable excuse to make some purchases today; although I do not think my husband will believe me that I am just stocking up for the winter by buying more quilt and cross stitch supplies.