January 13, 2011

Cheetah Bench

I found this guy at Restore recently....

Here's what I started with.... 
a handmade wooden storage bench/stool. 
Someone put some work into it, it's very sturdy and I thought it was cute and funky. 

It had such a rustic look to it, I didn't really want to paint it, 
so first I applied stain to even everything out, then got out the Dremel

I used it carve out the leopard spots.  
I drew a couple of shapes loosely with white chalk to start with, then started carving

Starting to look better....

This is the face that the person who made the bench had drawn on.
It was lightly carved in the wood, but I wanted to enhance it a little

I used white chalk again and drew my face then carved it out with the Dremel

Here's my finished version of the face.

Oh and this is the tail that was on it....???? 
WHAT the heck is it? 
I think it may be a piece of carpet padding or something,
whatever it is...not gonna happen  

I cut a new tail out of wood, and gave it the same treatment with stain and carving

This is the little top that was on it, 
it's actually leather and in really good shape.
I decided to just work with it and see what I could come up with instead of replacing it

First I rubbed wax on it....not loving it

Then I used a little of the wax type shoe polish,
 I use this occasionally for "antiquing" things too... works great.

I just took a little hunk of the shoe polish wax and 
used it to draw leopard spots on the leather

It turned out pretty good.
I let it dry, and since it is wax, just buffed it out.  
It's rustic and not perfect, but goes with the piece

He's cute right?

Maybe in a child's room for storage, an ottoman or little side table?

Here's his little tail I added...

A closer look

I'll be taking this to my booth where I sell my art

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  1. Thanks so much for your glowing comment on my crazy hutch top. I have been to your site several times and have you bookmarked for when I need inspiration. I'm not sure I am a follower but I need to be and will definitely check that out. Thanks again.
    Pam @ BeColorful

  2. Wow! That's cool...I wouldn't have thought to use the Dremel for the spots, that's a great idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  3. WOW! You did an amazing job on this. It looks like the kind of thing that will stay in your family for years :)

    If you get a chance tomorrow, I'd love for you to link up to my Not "Baaad" blog hop!


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