Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Revamped Footstool

Before I get to today's project, I have a couple "housekeeping" notes:
First, I apologize for all the changes to the blog over the past couple days.  We're in "transition" here and some changes are coming soon (good ones, I promise!)  In the meantime, I hope you hang in there with the changes.
I'm also in the process of moving the site to a new domain, so if you had trouble getting here today, go ahead and bookmark - in a day or so the bugs will be sorted out and we'll have a new blog home! (Don't worry, the address will still work, too.  I know some of you don't like change. :)  )

And finally, but certainly not of least importance, I just wanted to say THANK YOU!
I just looked over yonder [ok, yonder and down] -->
and it hit me that I have nearly 100 followers!
It doesn't seem like all that long ago that this here blog was being published for the very first time.
So I'm just super flattered and tickled pink, really, that you folks are interested [or at least feign genuine interest :) ] in what I'm working on.
So Gracias, Peeps.


Today's project isn't super-involved, just a good old-fashioned Before & After -so let's get to it!

Grandma's Footstool.
Very.....  Grandma.ish.

But oh! 
Heyyyy there, how YOU doin'?

You can see the wood needs some freshening up.  And that fabric needs to go.
First step, remove the cushion.
This was a breeze, since the lid opens, I just had to remove the hinges.
Here's a tip when changing out hardware:
keep everything you take off the piece in a container with a lid.
You never know how much time might elapse between adding that coat of paint and actually finishing the rest of the project, so something like this old candle tin (it has a lid) keeps everything together.

I took the base to the garage and gave it a coat of flat black suede paint, followed by a dusting of oil-rubbed bronze for a little texture.
While that dried, I turned my attention to the lid.
I decided I wanted a little thicker cushion on the stool, so I added a couple layers of carpet padding I had in the basement courtesy of a generous family friend.
[Thanks Darlene! :) ]
Because I was going to be putting the new fabric over both the existing foam and the new padding, I didn't even bother removing the old fabric.  It was in perfect shape and not ratty or gross, so I was all. about. saving myself a step [or three]!
To keep everything together and smooth under the new fabric cover, I added a layer of simple cotton twill fabric.

For the top fabric, I used part of a drop cloth that I had lying around, left over from my Drop Cloth Curtains.
I liked the color, but wanted to add some visual interest.
I decided on some simple stripes, similar to this guy from Pottery Barn:

I just measured and taped off my stripes like you would if you were painting a wall.
A good tip here is to stretch the fabric taut and tape down the sides to your worksurface so you don't run into any rogue bumps or wrinkles.

From there, I just added some black fabric paint and let it dry.

Remove the tape

From there I attached the fabric to the new, poofier lid using the good old staple gun.

Because the lid will open and you'd be able to see my handiwork and Frankenstein staples, I added some ribbon trim around the inside to hide the work.

And forgot to take a picture of that step. Sorry!
But it's no big deal. I'm confident you can adequately picture it in your head :)

And the After:

I'm not sure where his permanent home will be, but for now he's happy chillin' out in the guest room with these books.



  1. looks great! I saw a great ottoman the other day I should go back and get and redo thanks to this tutorial! :)
    PS - I need the tips on switching to the .com vs. and having it still find both! :)

  2. I love your footstool! I have a small one that needs a new cover and your painting idea is great!

  3. That is so cute, my cat would love to curl up on it.

  4. Great idea. You did a beautiful job! Take that Pottery Barn!

  5. the stool turned out great . love the stripes

  6. Love your stool, I have the perfect one to fix like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Love it! Looks perfect black and you did a great job with the stripes.

  8. Very cute! I love the new fabric and the color of the legs. Well done!

  9. PB has nothin' on you! Awesome makeover!

  10. You did a really great job. I linked over from Primitive and Proper. I think my mom has a footstool like the one in your before. I'm going to try to get that. You've inspired me. I am your latest follower. I would love if you would follow me back at Thanks.

  11. Love it! I'm so into those little stripes these days. They're my favorite! Great job with the revamp!

    I hope you can join in my givewaway for a FREE gallon of paint!

  12. Love the makeover! I have a fetish for stools and this one is darling. Great tip on taping the stripes to the work surface. I would have had a mess everywhere. Nice job!
    ~Michelle :)

  13. Wow, what a difference! I have a similar footstool (only it has cowboy fabric) tucked away in a corner of my linen closet. I'm totally going to have to bring it out and freshen it up! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Saw you at POWW!

  14. that looks gorgeous! i love the stripes you added- so classic!

  15. what a great makeover! love the stripes! :)

    I'm your newest follower ... Heading now to read some of your older posts! Can't wait to see what you've been up too since that first publish! :)

    - Lauren

  16. Just perfect! The stripes are the perfect touch! I can't tell you how many rooms we painted and couldn't find all the switchplates and screws until I finally put ziplock bags in my paint tote!

    Would love for you to drop by this weekend and join Passion for Paint!

  17. I adore a great knock-off... love the striped footstool. I'm putting it in the Spotlight this week at the PoPP.