My mother had many wonderful friends, who adored her, even though she could be blunt and pointed. When she was declining due to both her cancer and the cancer medication, and didn’t want to see or talk to anyone, one friend was undeterred and continued to bring soup and gifts to the house.  It brings tears to my eyes just writing about her generous spirit.

She asked me to paint a stool that was my mother’s so she could use it as a table on her new screened in porch.  I don’t have a before photo, but the stool was painted black.

She gave me free reign with the stool, which can be nerve wrecking because you hope that you have the same esthetic as your client.  I knew I wanted the top to have some flair and decided upon a classic stencil design.

I spray painted the body in a khaki color but hand painted the top in off-white.  I tossed a little of this color and a pinch of that color so I could stencil over the off-white with a close cousin of the spray paint.

My mother passed away in 2005 and I hope that she’s approving of my endeavors.  It certainly is gratifying to paint one of her pieces and to know that it is being put to good use .