Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Worlds Most Expensive Bar Stool

This is a bar stool that I found at Goodwill for next to nothing. 


Hardwood, totally solidly built, great patina (the picture doesn't do it justice) and with a very interesting stamp on the bottom. 



I saw it when I was loading it into my car and I thought "Oh I should look that up when I get home."
But I forgot.

I planned on leaving it the way it was, just oiling it a little, but I was going to take it to a market in a week and I already had a lot of stained pieces, so I thought it would be better to paint it. 

I sanded it, primed it, and then came to post it. 

The next morning I had this comment from my friend Shelly


"The first thing I would do is flip over that bar stool and check to see if it's stamped with S. Bent & Bros., Inc. stamp. I recently gave a simple color wash to a chair I had sitting up in my garage for a few years and before the paint was even dry my sister gasped "SHELLY! Two of these just SOLD on ebay for $400 ea"! My chair was stamped 1867 I think? Oops! My bad! Check it out! It may be your lucky day:)"


Oh. My. Gosh. 
What did I do?!

So I rushed onto Ebay and found a similar stool with a bid of $127 and still climbing. 

I know.

So I called some friends who deal with antiques asking (begging) if I took the primer off and restained it,  if it would keep it's value. 

Nope. 

So here it is now. I do love it, but I'm still kicking myself for forgetting to look up the stamp and succumbing to the pressure of painting. 




It's painted in Frost and Pencil Point by Behr and waxed with Howards Citrus Shield.

I love that's it's a little vintage and a little chic at the same time. 
It would look adorable in an entry way to leave your coat and purse on or in a kitchen or a bedroom. 

For more info look under the For Sale tab at the top of the page. 

PS My Mom painted the picture hanging behind it in high school. 
It's called "Love, Lines, Angles and Rhymes."
I think she should start painting again. :) 
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40 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! That's totally something I would've done! That reminds me to look at the stamp of stuff I've gotten. I LOVE the paint job though!!

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  2. That is gorgeous and phenomenal and chic! Don't you dare regret it; decide what it is worth to you in all it's beauty now. It is a great piece to have in your portfolio. Now if I could only follow my own advice in regards to regret :)

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  3. ok i really really LOVE it. the colors are awesome and the design perfect. oh well- c'est la vie! it's gorgeous now. even if it is not as valuable it's way cooler!

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  4. Lesson learned, moving on...it's so cute now!

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  5. Love the graphic look of the two colors, and it looks great with that painting! Yes, your mom should start painting again.

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  6. Who would have known?! It looks amazing though :-)

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  7. It looks terrific even though it's not a $400 chair any longer. Love the paint job!

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  8. WOW! I love it better painted than stained. Don't worry about the stamp. It is an awesome piece and yes, my painting looks great behind that. But I am not going to start painting again. :) I did that in eighth grade!!!!!!! You are the artist, not me!!! We are so proud of you. We love you so much.

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  9. Did you find out what the one on eBay sold for? I'm so sorry you didn't get my comment sooner, but I have to tell you, your bar stool is WAY cooler now. I LOVE how you painted it! The division of color is brilliant!

    Have a wonderful Thanxgiving!!,

    Shelly

    ps - I gotta tell my sister! If I could have snapped a picture of her face that day...

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  10. That is awesome! Now we all know, check for stamps on the bottom, btw, love the new look you gave it!

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  11. Had to do that with a paino that my friend bought from kijiji. I just had to make sure we weren't covering a 100 yr antique in a beautiful turquoise. It turned out great, just like your chair.

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  13. Oh no! I am sorry... but then I love the new look.

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  14. Thank you for sharing! Love ideas on how to bring old pieces back to life!

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  15. Great looking makeover...thanks for sharing it at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY!
    Blessings,
    Linda

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  16. Oh. Bummer. I have to admit, I don't like painting furniture and this is one of the reasons why.....It does look super cute, though!

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  17. I like it just the way it is! Even better with paint than getting a good price for it!

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  18. You did a lovely job transforming the stool, well done!

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  19. Ah dang...whoops! At least you have a really cute blue and white stool now ;)

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  20. Wow. Loving the colors and how you only painted the blue half way. Looks great! Well you win some and you lose some. Seeing how pretty it came out, I think it was worth painting & not selling it.
    I love the art work too. I got my dad an art set last year for xmas and he started painting again after 35 years. And now he loves it!

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  21. WOW! I just seen some stools like this and passed them up! Now I'm kicking myself! Awesome job!! I love them!

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  22. Just pretend you never saw the stamp. That chair needed you. It is new and fresh and beautiful. You did a great job!

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  23. So gorgeous Julia!! It looks fantastic, and really...we don't do it for the money do we?!
    It is a one off, beautiful piece. Kick yourself no more!

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  24. ooopppsssiieeesss.....but it looks sooo nice, and I'm sure you will enjoy it more this way....xo
    Lucy

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  26. I found you via Too Much Time... I love this! Don't care what's underneath, I'd love this in my home - pity I'm a little too far away!

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  27. OK so I know I'm behind the 8 ball on this post. I'm not sure how I missed it. Anyway, I did the same thing! I bought two lamps at a yard sale for $2 (not each, total). They were a wierd white and green color, so I spray painted them. As I got to the bottom of one I noticed a stamp. I looked it up: a set sold in October for $2500!!! I felt sick. You can see them here: http://www.lifeonmarsblog.net/2011/10/tale-of-two-lamps.html
    LESSON LEARNED!

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