Friday, February 4, 2011

Thrift Store Footstool Makeover How-To!

Ain't she sweet?
Except for the 1985 hideous tapestry fabric....
And the shiny brown wood...
She is a diamond in the rough!
Here's what I did to transform this little thrift store find. 1. Take the BEFORE pictures!
Here's some tools of the trade that I used...

painted her up, sanded her down and stained her all over.

Thrift store find #2.....a FAB lone curtain panel for 1.50.
Guess why it's so fab??'s NUBBY!
We all love NUBBY right?
And it's blue frenchy farmhousey looking too!
We all love blue frenchy farmhousey right?

Cut out a piece bigger than the stool top itself so you have enough fabric to completely cover it all up. I actually unscrewed the lid and it made recovering SUPER easy.

Get out the staple gun and HAVE AT IT!
I always fold my fabric under so I don't have raw edges that may unravel or hang out.

When you're all done...
Flip her right side up...
Stand back...
And {sigh}

Such an E*A*S*Y project....

What a difference!
SOOOOO much better.
SOOOO much sweeter!

I did this little stool on the same day with the same techniques as above.
The only difference here is my fabric choice.
I've been wanting to use this old feedsack for ages and I think it looks perfect!
Thanks for looking!!
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Jester said...

NICE!!! I really really like the feedbag one!!!

bittersweetandprim said...

Love the makeover on the footstool! Looks so different and so much nicer, thanks for sharing

Falling Leaf Woodworkers and Primitives said...

looks great...

Tiffany Steers, Sylacauga, AL said...

The stool is so cute! The feedsack one is so rustic but shabby but french too. Thanks for sharing. I have a great feedsack & just had not found the right project. Now I just need to find a cute little "ugly" stool for a makeover. Visit me at
Thanx, tiffany "The Cranky Queen"

Kristin said...

Oh how I love this idea! So cute and CUTE!
Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Stopping by from Freckled Laundry. Great thrift store find and an even better re-do!
Scissors & Spatulas

Janie said...

Very cute!

Dayhomemama said...

You did a great job, it looks better than cute!!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh my gosh! I made over a stool exactly like that!!! Yours looks fabulous!!!

m ^..^

Antiques & Uniques said...

Cute, cute stools!!Come see me at
Carol in Georgia

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

Wonderful makeover on the stools!

Angela said...

Super cute! You make it look so easy to get such a great result.
I love your new stool.

Diann said...

The stool came out wonderful! Love everything about it!

Kelly Ballard said...

So nice to find your blog! LOVE that stool redo!

Second Hand Chicks

freckled laundry said...

I LOVE THIS!!! Nubby for $1.50? Pshaw. I also love that is isn't just a footstool. In this house, anything that serves a dual purpose is my love. I'll be featuring this tonight.
Thank you so much for getting it done for my party which is back on tonight, btw.

Sorry for the glitch last week, friend!

And thanks for your sweet words about my party. :)

Glenda said...

Just found you! I love both the stools. I have a bigger footstool I think I'll get started on it myself!

The Tattered Cottage said...

Love the transformations! They both look great.
Did you decide what you were going to do with the large crate? Just curious.