This is what was found between the two layers of fabric...some little kid was hiding things.
And the after...I painted the stool using a watered down Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Old White". I then waxed the piece with Annie Sloan clear wax. The top is covered with a piece of thrift store find fabric that was purchased at the same place.
I believe this had to have been a handmade piece...look at the legs, the top looks like a limb right off the tree. None of the legs are an exact match... I'm sure because they we're hand lathed the old, old timey way.