I saw this little, old, homemade potty chair at a yard sale. Yes, a potty chair. Homemade of wood, a hole cut into the seat, and pieces of wood underneath where a little container would have been slid in, and out to clean. (That part was not there, but that's ok!)
I immediately asked how much, as there was no price on it, and the lady said, "oh, how about a dollar?" And I about broke my wrist getting my money out. I would so love to know the story behind it. What daddy built it for his child? When? Did the baby's mother sit beside the chair and talk lovingly to her baby, while he/she learned the first of life's important skills? Did the child learn quickly? Was the chair passed down a line of babies, and where has it been in the years since it was last used? I so often wish the treasures I find could tell me their story!
When I bought it, my intention was to put a potted plant in it. Then, I had a better idea--it would be a perfect place for Marvin's food dish!! For those of you who do not know, Marvin is the biggest of my four "babies". He is a Great Pyrenees, and he is huge. He is also ten years old, which is really getting up there for a giant breed of dog. He doesn't get around as good as he used to. Plus, when he finishes eating, he uses his nose to scoot his dish to a corner, dumps out the leftovers, and grabs the nearest throw rug to "bury" his extra food. So, this would be great, get his food up a bit higher so as to make it easier for him to eat, and eliminate the mealtime mess. I built a simple box riser, then painted the riser and the chair with three coats of my DIY chalk paint, let it dry thoroughly,and waxed it with Trewax. The paint was all oops, a sort of Salmon, a beige, and then a top coat of a sage. Hard to see the colors in the pics, I really need a decent camera!! I put small pads on the bottom of the legs to keep it from sliding off the riser, added a stainless steel mixing bowl, and Marvin loves it! I "may" (!) have gotten carried away with the destressing, especially on the front, but I wanted it to be really chippy.